Composting Information

Thurston County Master Recycler Composters provide training and workshops and also support composting activities at the Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens. The classes leading to Master Recycler Composter certification are available to the public. Go to the master/recycler/composter program page for information about the classes and how to sign up.

Composting workshops for the public will be held during the year. Composting information is also available from Master Recycler Composters working at the Demonstration Gardens, and there will be multiple workshops at the MGTFC Plant Sale at Dirt Works Garden. In addition, composting questions can be directed to the ask-a-master-recycler-composter page.

Can’t wait for a workshop to get started? The following will tell you everything you always wanted to know about composting your yard and kitchen waste:

Need a compost recipe? Composting DOs and DON’Ts? Compost troubleshooting help? These websites have recipes and problem diagnosis and treatment info:

King County Worm bin composting information

Thurston County-specific information and lots of other useful composting tips:

May  2015
Events on May 2, 2015
  • Seasonal Garden Transformations
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 3, 2015 - 12:00 am
    Description: Spring has Sprung – 1pm – 3pm. RSVP by April 2 to and you will receive directions to the garden. Many plants have already come and gone, but there are lots of beautiful specimens just awakening and others in full glory. This time, we’ll expect to see fritillaria, bleeding heart, podophyllum, arisaema (Jack in the Pulpit), Voodoo Lily, Solomon Seal, trillium, iris, oxalis, and hopefully the tree peonies etc. Bring a seed packet for veggies or annuals, or a small potted plant to share. We’ll do a seed/plant swap so you can enhance your diversity of varieties this year. And if you’re not a seed person, you’ll get a new plant! Beverages and nibbles will be provided.
Events on May 9, 2015
  • Plant Disease/Insect Workshop
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: May 9, 2015 - 11:00 am
    Location: WSU Extension Office 5033 Harrison Ave NW Olympia 98502
    Description: Find out the most important treatment, if any, for the plant abnormalities and insects in your garden.
Events on May 13, 2015
  • MGFTC Board Mtg
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: May 13, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Location: Thurston County Extension, 5033 Harrison Avenue Northwest, Olympia, WA 98502, United States
Events on May 16, 2015
  • MGFTC Plant Sale
    Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: May 16, 2015 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Dirt Works Garden at Yauger Park
    Description: Great Plant Picks, Native Plants, Select Perennials, Shrubs and Trees. Personal Plant Shoppers to help you pick the perfect plant for your yard. Composting classes at 10 and 11. Read more at .
Events on May 20, 2015
  • Drip Irrigation
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: May 20, 2015 - 8:00 pm
    Location: WSU Extension Office-5033 Harrison Ave NW, Olympia 98502
    Description: Join Master Gardener Ken Bedat as he shows how he partially modified an overhead/ pop-up landscape style irrigation system to function with a drip irrigation component.

    The workshop will cover:
    ◾Both landscape and vegetable garden drip applications.
    ◾Best practice advice in drip irrigation operations.
    ◾Show physical examples of the different materials needed and sources for them.
    ◾Planning and procedural advice if you want to implement a new or retrofit an existing system.

    Further references will be given in the class.

    Pre-registration required. Email or call 360-867-2159
Events on May 30, 2015
  • Apartment/Small Scale Gardening Workshop
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: May 30, 2015 - 11:00 am
    Location: Dirt Works Garden, Alta Street off Capital Mall Drive, behind Apple Park Apts. and Yauger Park.
    Description: Learn how to garden on a small scale: This is a make & take workshop; everyone who attends will make a container filled with veggies, herbs and flowers.
    Please note the $5 fee for these courses.
    Space is limited, reservations are required.

    To reserve a spot email Suzannah Klaniecki at or call and leave a message at 360-867-2159

    Further workshop and payment details will be emailed to you upon registration.
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