Palo Alto Weekly

Real Estate - September 30, 2011

Home Front for Sept. 30:

DIG HEALTHY ... Master Gardeners Ann Burrell and Marianne Mueller will give a free talk on "Building Healthy Soil" on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto. Mueller will talk about making compost, preparing beds for later planting, digging, adding fertilizer and using cover crops and mulches, and offer hands-on demonstrations. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or http://mastergardeners.org

MINI-FARMING ... John Jeavons, executive director of Ecology Action and author of "How to Grow More Vegetables," will teach two classes on Saturday, Oct. 1 at Common Ground Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. The first, "Complete-Diet Mini-Farming," from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will deal with planning a productive, ecologically sustainable garden in the smallest space possible; the second, "Double-Digging and Bed Preparation," from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., includes a hands-on demonstration at the nearby Common Ground Garden. Cost for each class is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org

COMMUNITY DAY ... Gamble Garden will hold its annual Community Day on Sunday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friends, neighbors and gardeners are invited to participate in free activities, including exploring the garden, docent tours of the house, creating flower arrangements with the Garden Club of Palo Alto, emergency-reparedness information, shopping at the plant sale, checking out horticultural resources, honey tastings and food for sale. The event takes place at 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Information: 650-329-1356 or www.gamblegarden.org

WHAT'S UP? ... Robin Stockwell will teach a class on "Vertical Gardening" on Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. The class deals with planting succulents on a redwood frame, and includes the frame, potting mix, a variety of succulents, and instruction to make your own living mural. Cost is $125 for nonmembers, $105 for members. Information: 650-364-8300 or www.filoli.org

TIME TO TIDY UP ... Palo Alto will hold a Household Hazardous Waste Day on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Water Quality Control Plant, 2501 Embarcadero Way, Palo Alto. Residents may drop off up to 125 pounds or 15 gallons of old paint, paint thinner, gasoline, pool chemicals, bleach — or asbestos, propane tanks or household injection needles. Not accepted: ammo, controlled substances, motor oil and antifreeze, car batteries or cooking oil and grease. Information (and complete list of what's acceptable and what's not): www.cityofpaloalto.org/hazwaste

LUSH GARDEN ... The City of Palo Alto, along with the Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency, is offering a free workshop, "Creating a Lush Garden with California Native Plants," on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Cubberley Community Center, Room H-1, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Information (and required pre-registration): www.cityofpaloalto.org/workshops or 650-329-2241

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