Composting is for homeowners and renters alike. If you are planning your first garden or are already an avid gardener, Guadalupe River Park & Gardens Visitor and Education Center is the place for you.
Brian Debasitis of Mauby all Natural, a coordinating project manager working with the City of San Jose for the Guadalupe River & Park Gardens Restoration Program said, “Composting is an important program to help maintain our creeks and watershed.”
Debasitis works with nematodes as a natural defense against root eating insects and larvae. “Nematodes will seek out beetle larva and attach a bacterium on their body, which eats through the shell.” Debasitis said. “This leaves the beetle larva or grub vulnerable.” The Nematode’s eggs hatch nurshing themselves on the larvae. “Predation is nature’s way,” Debastis said.
Several ways in which the Education Center is developing techniques is to teach local home owners and renters how to use natural composting materials to add to their top soil.
The Educational Center offers composting classes in the Summer by Master Composter Joan Kyle. The Education Center asks that you please sign up early for classes as space is limited. Others who help with composting are the “Worm Dude,” who also participates in the Spring in Guadalupe Gardens held annually. Community volunteers are also welcome to help out.
Guadalupe River & Park Gardens Program Manager Phil Cornish said, “There are several ways in which composting is used.” Most compostable material, such as worm compost is offered by the center to help cultivate community gardens. “Worm compost and basic ‘vegetation’ compost are the most commonly used,” Cornish said.
Guadalupe River Park Conservancy is a non-profit organization and is always looking for financial help to continue to offer free compostable products for gardeners. “We are here to help local homeowners learn how to compost,” Cornish said.
The center helps educate the community by teaching techniques on how to develop green landscaping. This simple process includes adding cardboard, woodchip mulch and woodchips of various shapes, colors and sizes in large area landscapes. Often larger composting materials such as woodchips are used in weed abatement programs used throughout the City of San Jose and California.
For more information on how you can sign up for composting classes visit The Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, http://www.grpg.org/Education.shtml#Composting.