User: irge304 Topic: Urban Waste
Category: Waste Management :: Composting
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Colorado Master Gardeners: Decorative ground cover or weed? 31.8.2016 Steamboat Pilot
A cultivated plant that has caught my attention in the garden I inherited a few years back is called snow-on-the-mountain, goutweed or bishop’s weed. It is a pretty ground cover that provides visual interest for much of the summer but gets rather shabby and thirsty looking by August. After some research and using David Whiting’s weed definitions (plants growing where they are unwanted, visually unattractive plants, plants that pose a health or safety hazard and plants that displace more desirable plants in the garden), I will decide whether the plant is a ground cover to encourage or an weed to remove. Bishop’s weed (Aegopodium podagraria) is part of the carrot family and native to Europe and Asia. It has a long history of edible and medicinal uses, including as an anti-inflammatory, a sedative, a diuretic and a poultice for gout and a number of other ailments. It was brought to North America as an ornamental plant with the European settlers and is a low-growing plant with green or variegated leaves ...
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Rats on the prowl in Wenatchee 24.8.2016 Seattle Times: Local

Summer is when the young rats from spring reproduction start running around and creating a nuisance, one official said.
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How a worm farm became the Big Ten’s most unlikely football factory 24.8.2016 Washington Post
Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm in Spring Grove, Pa., is one of the most recognizable brands in American vermiculture. But the family business is also credited with helping to produce three massive Big Ten linemen, the latest being Maryland's David Shaw, who packed on mounds of muscle as he dug trenches, roofed a barn and stacked barrels of compost as a teenager.
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Colorado Master Gardeners: Master Gardeners tour Eagle Valley, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens 23.8.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Twenty-five Routt County Master Gardeners and Colorado State Extension agent Todd Hagenbuch recently toured several Eagle Valley and Routt County gardens. The CSU Master Gardeners are available to answer questions from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Thursday at the Extension Office. Stop by 136 Sixth Street, call t970-870-5241 or an csumgprogram@co.routt.co.us. Meeting with Eagle Valley Master Gardeners and CSU Extension agent Jeff Piper, our first garden viewing was a pocket garden in Eagle, where a multitude of perennials and vegetables thrived. The garden owners created visual interest with art and stone sculptures and tended plants that included red bird in a tree, sea lavender, geum, mongolian bells,and orach. Next, we viewed the demonstration raised bed gardens at the Eagle Extension office. Each garden is tended by a different county department, which experiments with various techniques and plants in an effort to grow food for the local food pantry. Additionally, we viewed recently completed projects on ...
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L.A. County sanitation district embroiled in fight over human-waste facility 19.8.2016 LA Times: Commentary

More than a decade ago, Los Angeles County sanitation officials made a deal with a Central Valley farmer that seemed to solve an intractable problem for both sides.

The 11 wastewater treatment plants operated by the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County were producing nearly half a million...

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Local Briefs 19.8.2016 Durango Herald
Tour de Farms tickets still availableThe 10th annual Tour de Farms cycling and farm-garden tours will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday at multiple locations:The in-town ride group will meet at 7:45 a.m. at La Plata County Fairgrounds,...
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Seattle solid-waste rates going up, City Council decides 16.8.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

The Seattle City Council voted to raise the city’s solid-waste services rates by an average of 4.4 percent per year over the next three years.
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The Power Of Worm Poop 12.8.2016 NPR News
What comes out of the tail end of worms appears to be very good for crops.
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The average home has more than 100 kinds of bugs living in it, new study finds 6.8.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Don’t panic, but your house probably has a lot more bugs in it than you think.

The average home contains more than 100 different species of flies, spiders, beetles, ants and other bugs — with an even greater variety inside houses in wealthier neighborhoods, according to a new study in Biology Letters.

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Crap’s Spontaneously Combusting in Upstate New York 3.8.2016 Wired Top Stories
Crap’s Spontaneously Combusting in Upstate New York
The heat that builds in a manure pile kills harmful bacteria like E. coli, leaving nutrient-rich fertilizer free of pathogens. Or it erupts into fire. The post Crap's Spontaneously Combusting in Upstate New York appeared first on WIRED.
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Salvage Supperclub: A High-End Dinner In A Dumpster To Fight Food Waste 29.7.2016 NPR News
The ingredients — think wilted basil, bruised plums, garbanzo bean water — sound less than appetizing. Whipped together, they're a tasty meal that show how home cooks can use often-tossed foods.
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Dry, hot, American summer: Horse manure spontaneously catches fire in upstate New York 29.7.2016 Washington Post
Dry, hot, American summer: Horse manure spontaneously catches fire in upstate New York
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FLC students design campus composting facility 19.7.2016 Durango Herald
A group of Fort Lewis College engineering students left a unique mark on the campus: the first student-designed building.Seven Physics and Engineering Department students spent the fall 2015 semester designing a composting and equipment storage facility for FLC’s Environmental Center, a student organization that focuses on...
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Comcast expands $9.95 internet to 49,182 more Coloradoans 15.7.2016 Denver Post: News: Local
Comcast expands its $9.95 Internet service to people receiving public housing assistance.
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This living art installation is also a great big recycling bin. Here’s where to recycle in Denver this weekend. 7.7.2016 Denver Post: Local
This isn't your 5th grade classroom's blue recycling bin: It's an interactive, pop-up art installation created and designed by local artist Gamma Acosta that PepsiCo Recycling is bringing to this weekend's Denver Flea.
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Colorado Master Gardeners: Composting in the Yampa Valley 29.6.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Compost: to rot your unused organic material in a way that it can be used as a compliment and amendment to existing soil. Composting in rural Colorado — a region robust with wildlife and challenged by severe weather — can be tricky, but it can be done. And it should be. Composting is a very important factor in the sustainability of our existence, as it both reduces our waste and impact on the environment and improves our depleted soil, which, in turn, improves our environment. The how is the challenge, but it’s easier than you might think. Compost is a natural process of organic decomposition, and if done right, it will not attract wildlife or pests, will not be affected by weather, and will provide you with an amazing, free amendment for your soil. Items you will need include the following. • A bin — This can be purchased or homemade, but should be no bigger than one cubic yard. • A starter pile — This should include two parts woody or brown material (dried leaves, sticks, straw, etc) and one part ...
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Authorities ID slain suspect, officer in Pueblo officer-involved shooting 16.6.2016 Denver Post: News: Local
Authorities in Pueblo have released the name of a suspect slain in a police shooting last week and also identified the officer who killed him.
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Boulder property owners now required to compost 16.6.2016 Denver Post: News: Local
Beginning Thursday, all property owners in Boulder — both commercial and residential — must offer their tenants compost collection containers.
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Livewell Northwest Colorado: It takes a community 12.6.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Despite Steamboat’s epic winters, the more I talk with people in this community, the more I think spring is one of the most popular seasons in the Yampa Valley. People are energized and excited for the change in season and time of buds and blossoms, renewed hope and anticipation for summer. Spring is different for everyone — for some, it’s all about hitting the trails and exploring the woods; for others, it’s about planting seeds, gardening, enjoying flowers and soaking up the highly anticipated warmer weather. Our community’s energy, commitment and support for nonprofits continue to impress me as no other town I have lived in. The recent United Day of Caring linked us up with more than a dozen hard-working employees from Ski Corp., who joined us at Yampatika’s Environmental Learning Center at Legacy Ranch. Blankets of straw were pulled back from the gardens as they were prepared and planted with care. Some helped to revitalize a compost pile, while others cleared out large sections of weeds around ...
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10 secrets to growing the tastiest tomatoes 11.6.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Want to win this year's tomato games?

Then you might want to buy some more tomato plants.

You probably put in your tomato plants in April or May, and that's great.

Tomato plants do best in the hot, full sun, but their tender blossoms wither and drop when temperatures are consistently above 95 degrees....

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