Palo Alto Weekly

Real Estate - February 10, 2012

Home Front for Feb. 10:

SICK PLANTS? ... UC Master Gardeners will be at Gamble Garden Center, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto, from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, for a free plant clinic, with handouts. Bring questions about getting gardens ready for spring planting, dealing with frost damage, using compost and soils, watering, organic sprays or attracting beneficial insects. No reservations are necessary. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or http://mastergardeners.org

TREE WALK ... Arborist Chris Regan of the Shady Tree Company will lead a free tree walk through the Palo Verde neighborhood on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to noon. Meet in front of Palo Verde Elementary School, 3450 Louis Road, Palo Alto. To register, email sharon@canopy.org; for a self-guided walk, visit www.canopy.org.

WHOLE-SYSTEM APPROACH ... Carol Cox, who managed the research garden at Ecology Action for more than 20 years, will teach "Introduction to Grow-Biointensive" from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and "Compost Crops and Rotation" from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, at Common Ground Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. The first class deals with double-digging, composting and soil-building, companion planting, carbon and calorie farming and open-pollinated seeds. The second class focuses on crops that both provide food and materials for the compost pile, and how to rotate them for a healthy garden. Cost for each class is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org

SOIL MANAGEMENT ... Jack McKinnon, garden coach and Palo Alto Weekly garden columnist, will teach a class on "Soil Management" from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the Gamble Garden Carriage House, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Topics include soil acidity/alkalinity, amendments, fertilizers, mulches and digging techniques. Cost is $35 for nonmembers, $25 for members. Information: 650-329-1356 or www.gamblegarden.org

FREE FABRIC ... The next FabMo free fabric distribution event continues on Friday, Feb. 10, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 11, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments are required, to help manage the crowds (Email gather.fabrix@me.com with preferred date and time), but some drop-in hours are included. The distribution, with a requested donation, takes place at 2423 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View. Volunteer greeters and sorters are also needed. Information: www.fabmo.org

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