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Last Updated: Mar 7, 2014
Create a sustainable, healthy place for you, your family and the environment.
Adding compost to your soil improves its structure, helps it absorb and hold moisture, supplies slow-release nutrients to plants and reduces erosion. An integral part of sustainable gardening, composting helps you create a vibrant, healthy and beautiful garden while conserving water and energy and reducing pollution and waste. Attend one of our free workshops and visit the Lucie Stern Demonstration Garden to learn more.
The Earth Machine™ compost bin and worm bin and composting accessories will be available for sale at all workshops except those held by the Master Gardeners at Eleanor Pardee Park.
Additional compost workshops are available throughout Santa Clara County. Check www.ReduceWaste.org for a list of all the 2013 workshops for ‘Compost Basics’ and ‘Worm Composting Basics’ workshops. Each class lasts about 2 hours and there is no charge to attend. Classes with less than 15 registered will be cancelled. Adults only please. Residents are welcome to attend any workshop anywhere in the county.
Classes sponsored by the City of Palo Alto, Recycling and Waste Reduction Commission of Santa Clara County and UCCE Master Gardeners.
Worm Composting Basics
Worms will eat your kitchen scraps and create a nutrient rich soil amendment for indoor and outdoor plants. This is a no fuss, no smell and low maintenance way to compost. Come to one of our workshops and learn how easy and fun worm composting can be.
All workshops require pre-registration since space is limited. The Earth Machine™ compost bin and worm bin and composting accessories will be available for sale at these workshops except the Worm Composting for Kids workshop. April 16, 2014 Worm Composting for Kids 3:30 - 4:40pm Children's Library 1276 Harriet Street Palo Alto To register click here or call (650) 329-2436 This workshop is for children school age grade K-5.
July 26, 2014 10am - Noon Cubberley Community Center, Room H-1 4000 Middlefield Road Palo Alto To register click here or call (408) 918-4640
Let a team of Master Gardeners help you figure out what is affecting your plants and suggest environmentally sound methods for managing diseases and pests. Participants should bring samples of insects or plant problems for diagnosis. Plant samples should be fresh and as large as possible (a small branch, rather than a leaf, for example). Photos of the affected plant/tree in the garden setting are also helpful.
July 5, 2014 10am - 11am Master Gardener's Demonstration Garden Eleanor Pardee Park, garden entrance on Center Drive near Martin Avenue Palo Alto No registration required.
Using compost in your garden improves your soil, benefiting your plants and enhancing your garden's health and vitality. Compost helps plants absorb nutrients already in your soil, allows plants to develop better root structure which will help them grow healthier, and holds onto water and nutrients that are applied and slowly releases them when plants need them. Learn how easy it is to compost, attend one of these FREE compost workshops.
All workshops require pre-registration since space is limited. The Earth Machine™ compost bin and worm bin and composting accessories will be available for sale at all workshops except those held by the Master Gardeners at Eleanor Pardee Park.
April 26, 2014 10am - Noon Cubberley Community Center, Room H-1 4000 Middlefield Road Palo Alto To register click here or call (408) 918-4640
June 7, 2014 10am - Noon Common Ground Garden Supply 559 College Ave Palo Alto To register click here or call (408) 918-4640
August 19, 2014 6pm - 8pm Cubberley Community Center, Room H-1 4000 Middlfield Road Palo Alto To register click here or call (408) 918-4640
September 6, 2014 10am - Noon Master Gardener's Demonstration Garden Eleanor Pardee Park, garden entrance on Center Drive near Martin Avenue Palo Alto No registration required
October 25, 2014 10am - Noon Cubberley Community Center, Room H-1 4000 Middlfield Road Palo Alto To register click here or call (408) 918-4640
The Bay-Friendly Gardening program was developed to educate and encourage residents to make environmentally friendly gardening choices. It does not dictate a particular style of garden, but rather is an approach to help residents create a sustainable, healthy and beautiful garden. Bay-Friendly Gardeners work with nature to reduce waste and protect the watersheds of the San Francisco Bay.
Bay-Friendly gardens are not a mold you have to fit into—they offer endless opportunities, from backyard wildlife gardens to kitchen gardens to native plant communities, and more. Bay-Friendly gardening offers an approach to landscaping that makes it easy to have a garden you can enjoy while reducing waste and conserving resources.
Nurture healthy soil and plants
Conserve water and other resources
Reuse plant trimmings through mulching and composting
Recognizes that built landscapes are a part of the larger ecosystem of the San Francisco Bay watershed and that they can contribute to it’s health if designed and maintained using sustainable practices.
Landscape for Less to the Landfill
Means that we should reduce waste by choosing the right plants, avoiding invasive plant species, using recycled and salvaged products in the landscape and by composting, mulching and grasscycling plant debris.
Nurture the Soil
Soils are living ecosystems and when landscape practices allow the soil food web to thrive it can filter pollution, store water, provide plant nutrients, and help plants resist pests naturally.
Means using a holistic approach of creating drought resistant soils with compost and mulch, selecting plants naturally adapted to summer-dry climates, using stormwater, graywater and recycled water in the landscape as much as possible and using efficient irrigation systems that include self adjusting, weather-based controllers.
By reducing the need for mowing and shearing, by shading buildings and paved areas, using efficient outdoor lighting, and buying local landscape products.
Protect Water & Air Quality
Through maximizing permeable surfaces and minimizing stormwater runoff, using integrated pest management, minimizing the use of synthetic pesticides and avoiding overuse of fertilizers, reducing fossil fuel consumption, and planting trees to remove CO2 and absorb air pollutants.