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Home front: grow your own veggies; do they have a permit?


A list of home and garden news and events on the Midpeninsula, including an upcoming class on planting spring and summer vegetables and a guide to searching city of Palo Alto building permits.

GROW YOUR OWN VEGGIES ... The UC Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County will host a demonstration on "Growing Vegetables in Containers" on Saturday, April 7, from 10 - 11 a.m. at the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden on Center Drive in Eleanor Pardee Park. Master gardeners will show attendees how to set up self-watering containers and plant spring and summer vegetables for a productive garden on a deck, balcony or driveway.

DO THEY HAVE A PERMIT? ... If you want to check the status of you or your neighbors' building permits within the city of Palo Alto, you can access the information online. Go to the Development Services home page at and click on "Building Permits mapped." Once you enter an address, neighborhood or ZIP code, the site shows a map of building permit information being processed and makes it easy for anyone to see what development is happening in their area. Icons are color coded blue for new applications and green for those that have been issued. Clicking on a blue or green dot will show a side memo with the address, a detailed description and a link back to the building permit file on the city website. Both commercial and residential permits are shown.

BECOME A MASTER GARDENER ... If you are a Santa Clara County resident who wants to learn more about eco-friendly, sustainable gardening practices and would enjoy sharing that knowledge with the home-gardening public, you could be eligible to become a master gardener. You must be a resident of Santa Clara County and at least 18 years of age. You will need to go through a three-step application process, including a mandatory information session in the summer and a weekly five-month training program beginning in January 2019. Potential applicants will have their applications reviewed and they will then be selected for interviews and then the new class. If you are accepted into the UC Master Gardener Program, you will be enrolled in a weekly training class held January through mid-May, 2019. Sessions are typically held on Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Following completion of training, UC Master Gardener volunteers must complete 50 hours of volunteer service during the first year in the program. In subsequent years, 25 hours of volunteer service and 12 hours of continuing education are required. If you're interested, go to


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