Riverside County’s waste management offers FREE composting classes once, sometimes twice a year. This year’s class is:
Date: March 31, 2012
Location: City of San Jacinto Community Center
625 South Pico Avenue
San Jacinto, CA 92583
For the next class and additional information, go here.
When you plan to garden, start with composting. Compost is expensive to buy, but easy and inexpensive to make. My favorite book on composting is, “The Complete Compost Gardening Guide” by Barbara Pleasant and Deborah L. Martin. It is available at the library.
When I was growing up, my mom only used horse manure for the garden because it was a plentiful, free resource. Our family garden was lush. By contrast our neighbor only used cow manure because it supposed to be the best fertilizer, yet his garden was never as lush as ours.
If you are not familiar with how to use manure safely, read this first. I have never gotten sick from horse manure and I shoveled it daily my whole childhood.
The best time to bring a large load of manure to your yard is before the rains. Manure is lighter, less stinky, and easier to shovel when is dry. Once you have it in place when the rains come it will make it compost faster. Manure should be aged a year before using it in your garden.
I went looking for FREE local horse manure and I found this place. They pay for its removal every six months. They are are more than happy to load it into your truck!
Simply Paint Partners & All Star Show Horses
24310 Three Springs Road, Hemet
They are located near Warren and Esplanade.