DIG - Soils and Composting
This introductory class will get you started on understanding and building the foundations of your successful garden, with a discussion of the problems with Arizona soils and how to improve them by adding organic materials and other amendments. Learn about basic composting and use of fertilizers, the importance of the soil food web, and how to introduce the biodiversity necessary to create a healthy growing environment.
Participants will learn:
- Arizona soil in its natural state
- Explaining the Soil Food Web
- The importance of adding organic material and its benefits
- Basic composting
- The use of other amendments and fertilizers
Presented by Master Gardener Bonnie Newhoff:
Bonnie Newhoff is a leading advocate and expert in the field of composting. Her experience encompasses knowledge in both hot and cold composting, vermiculture, and the Japanese method of Bokashi. Additionally, Bonnie has been an organic vegetable gardener in the Valley for over 30 years and a Master Gardener since 2003. Bonnie frequently speaks on various composting methods to the public and teaches the Master Gardener Intern class. She coordinates the Master Gardener Advocate Program responsible for interfacing with the public at events such as the Home and Garden Shows and various festivals throughout the year.