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Home front: gardening demos; cool-season veggies

Also, Hidden Villa Farm to host workshop on fermenting

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including free workshops at the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, a free class on cool season vegetables and a fermentation workshop.

GARDENING DEMOS ... The 7,300-square-foot Palo Alto Demonstration Garden — which has "edible" and "water wise" sections — is open to the public the first Saturday of every month with free workshops from 10 -11 a.m. and an "open garden" afterward. Work days, when master gardeners are there working, are Mondays from 10 a.m. to noon. The edible landscaping section uses a wide variety of seasonal vegetables, fruits, and flowers, while the water wise garden showcases beautiful landscaping with low water plants. The Palo Alto Demonstration Garden is located at 851 Center Drive in Eleanor Pardee Park.

COOL-SEASON VEGGIES ... The UC Master Gardener program will offer a free class, "Looking Ahead to Cool Season Vegetables", on Saturday, Aug. 4, 10 - 11:30 a.m. at the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Drive. Early August is the best time to plan and prepare for cool-season gardens. In this hands-on workshop, master gardeners will show participants how to start seedlings of favorite cool-season crops and take care of them until they are ready to plant in the ground in late August. Instructors also will demonstrate how to turn a summer cover crop into the soil to provide nitrogen for the cool-season crops. Participants will take home seeded and/or potted-up six-packs of cool-season vegetables.

FUN FERMENTING ... Hidden Villa Farm will have a workshop on fermentation on Sunday, Aug. 5, 1 - 3 p.m. Learn new fermentation recipes, discover ways to incorporate the health benefits of live fermented food into unexpected dishes and experience some of the tools Kraut Source (the host of the class) developed to support the home fermenter. Participants will take home recipes and their own Hidden Villa fermented creation. Cost is $50 for adults. Hidden Villa is located at 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. To sign up, go to hiddenvilla.org.

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