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Home front: Changes to local energy efficiency requirements, fall vegetable gardening

Also: Learn how to create a succulent dish garden

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including meetings about changes to Palo Alto’s energy code and a fall vegetable gardening workshop.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY CODE CHANGES ... If you’re planning a remodel in Palo Alto, learn about some proposed changes to the city’s energy efficiency requirements. The City of Palo Alto Planning and Development Services Department is holding two meetings, Thursday, Aug. 1, 6-7 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 10, 10-11 a.m., to discuss proposed changes to the city’s energy “reach” code, which determines energy efficiency requirements in new construction and renovation projects. The meeting will cover how the updated energy code will comply with and, in some cases, surpass new state requirements. Both meetings will take place at the Mitchell Park Community Center, El Palo Alto Room, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. For the Aug. 1 meeting, register here. For the Aug. 10 meeting, register here. For more information, call 650-329-2179 or email greenbuilding@cityofpaloalto.org.

FALL VEGETABLE GARDENING … Summer produce is in full swing now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning for what to grow when the days aren’t so long--or warm. Find out how to get a quick start and long harvest for the many vegetables that thrive in cooler weather at a free workshop on Saturday, Aug. 3, 10-11 a.m. at the UC Master Gardeners’ Palo Alto Demonstration Garden. Master Gardener Genni Lawrence will discuss soil preparation, irrigation needs, pest management, the best time to plant seeds and seedlings and how to protect fall vegetables from the weather. The Palo Alto Demonstration Garden is located at Eleanor Pardee Community Gardens, 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto. For more information, call 408-282-3105 or visit mgsantaclara.ucanr.edu.

SUCCULENTS WORKSHOP … Learn how to create a small planting that makes the most of succulents’ great variety of textures and colors on Sunday, Aug. 4, 9-9:30 a.m. at SummerWinds Nursery in Palo Alto. The nursery will hold a free workshop on creating a “conversation piece” dish garden featuring these popular plants. Find out which succulents are best to grow in containers and get tips on caring for them. SummerWinds Nursery is located at 725 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto. Register at summerwindsnursery.com or call 650-493-5136

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