December 18, 2015
I’d like to know when the next class on composting will be held. If as I suspect they won’t be scheduled now until Spring would you please flag my name to be notified when one is scheduled? We recently moved into this house on the west side of Corrales and the whole acre is nothing but sand. How do I compost in sand?
Answer by JZ: Sand is our local soil, that’s what we have to work with. So the answer is to add copious amounts for organic matter to the sand, firstly in the form of compost, possibly manure, then water, then mulch it. An added option would be a green manure cover crop. I will discuss all of these and more methods in a a public class on Feb. 6, 2016, 10 AM at the extension office. All of the Southwest Gardeners class series will eventually be posted on our website: http://sandovalmastergardeners.org/ – sign up for our free newsletter.
If you have a truck you can purchase finished compost at the Sandoval Co. Composting facility on Iris Rd. Rio Rancho. Call ahead to check availability: http://www.sandovalcounty.com/departments/public-works/solid-waste >> scroll down to bottom.
Bagged compost is available at the Santa Ana Garden Center. Horse Manure by truckload is available in Corrales from Pine Ridge Arabians: call 263.4316
What you may be interested in is a basic home composting class. We offer these courses frequently. We our website main menu under Activities.