Composting Information

Thurston County Master Recycler Composters provide training and workshops and also support composting activities at the Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens. The classes leading to Master Recycler Composter certification are available to the public. Go to the master/recycler/composter program page for information about the classes and how to sign up.

Composting workshops for the public will be held during the year. Composting information is also available from Master Recycler Composters working at the Demonstration Gardens, and there will be multiple workshops at the MGTFC Plant Sale at Dirt Works Garden. In addition, composting questions can be directed to the ask-a-master-recycler-composter page.

Can’t wait for a workshop to get started? The following will tell you everything you always wanted to know about composting your yard and kitchen waste:
http://gardening.wsu.edu/compost-and-mulch/.

Need a compost recipe? Composting DOs and DON’Ts? Compost troubleshooting help? These websites have recipes and problem diagnosis and treatment info:
http://whatcom.wsu.edu/ch/compost.html
http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/naturalyardcare/recipe.asp

King County Worm bin composting information

Thurston County-specific information and lots of other useful composting tips:
http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/solidwaste/organics/organics-home.htm.

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Events on Jul 5, 2016
  • Children's Garden Class: A Botany Rainbow
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: Jul 5, 2016 - 12:00 pm
    Location: Dirt Works Demonstration Garden and Composting Site, Alta St SW, Olympia, WA 98502, United States
    Description: This class explores the various uses of plants by indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest. We will be learning key features in identifying many native plants. Take-home crafts with a Native American theme will be featured.
    Register in advance by the Friday before the program you plan to attend. Please e-mail children-garden@mgftc.org and provide your name, contact information and age(s) of children planning to attend.
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Events on Jul 12, 2016
  • Children's Garden Class: Kid-Sized Square Foot Gardening
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: Jul 12, 2016 - 12:00 pm
    Location: Dirt Works Demonstration Garden and Composting Site, Alta St SW, Olympia, WA 98502, United States
    Description: Come see how to grow veggies in a very compact space that’s just the right size for children. Each child will make their very own square foot seed mat to take home and plant.
    Register in advance by the Friday before the program you plan to attend. Please e-mail children-garden@mgftc.org and provide your name, contact information and age(s) of children planning to attend.
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Events on Jul 13, 2016
  • Board Meeting
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: Jul 13, 2016 - 6:30 pm
    Location: Extension Office
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Events on Jul 19, 2016
  • Children's Garden Class: Powerful Pollinators
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: Jul 19, 2016 - 12:00 pm
    Location: Dirt Works Demonstration Garden and Composting Site, Alta St SW, Olympia, WA 98502, United States
    Description: Come see how to grow veggies in a very compact space that’s just the right size for children. Each child will make their very own square foot seed mat to take home and plant.
    Register in advance by the Friday before the program you plan to attend. Please e-mail children-garden@mgftc.org and provide your name, contact information and age(s) of children planning to attend.
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Events on Jul 26, 2016
  • Children's Garden Class: Recycle/Upcycle in the Garden
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: Jul 26, 2016 - 12:00 pm
    Location: Dirt Works Demonstration Garden and Composting Site, Alta St SW, Olympia, WA 98502, United States
    Description: Have you ever wondered, “Hmmm, what can I do with this item instead of throwing it away?”, then this is the class for all of you creative thinkers as we learn new ways of using everyday items in the garden.
    Register in advance by the Friday before the program you plan to attend. Please e-mail children-garden@mgftc.org and provide your name, contact information and age(s) of children planning to attend.
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