Tuesday, July 17, 2018

July 22, 2018 Master Gardeners


On Sunday, July 22 from 9 am to 1 p.m., we’re pleased to welcome our Green Tent regulars, the UC/CE LA County Master Gardeners .  As usual they’ve planted up some veggies and herbs for you to bring home to your garden. And, as always, they’re free, AND you can also take free packets of seeds!


This month you can choose from:

Teddy Bear sunflowers!  Just like their name, they are fluffy (and maybe even cuddly!!)


Sweet Bell Peppers:  your perfect summer accompaniment to salads, grilled veggies, and a perfect veggie for roasting or stuffing.

Heirloom Vietnamese cilantro: it's mild and delicate with an extra citrus twist. The plants resemble regular cilantro but the foliage is topped with fine cut, frilly leaves.



A couple of winter squashes: Delicata and Early Butternut (don’t worry, they grow in summer, they just have hard shells)  and Patty Pan squash, a cute little summer scalloped squash that kids love and works well on skewers.


Long Island Mammoth Dill:  A distinctive taste, try this feathery herb on fish and the classic, potato salad. Save the seeds so you can pickle your cucumbers!

Large leaf container basil (Italian Cameo)  Make lovely Caprese with these, a tomato and some burrata or mozzarella, or just toss it into your dishes for that great basil flavor


Bush beans (no staking needed) and pole beans (trellis these) — yellow and green long beans you can eat right off the vine.


And Icebox Watermelon Rainbow Sherbet — these lovely little seedlings produce three varieties of early maturing watermelons, with yellow, orange or pink flesh and weigh in at 4 to 7 pounds with thin, green striped rinds and dense, crisp flesh.

As our heat continues, be sure to water your garden but please be aware of best drought practices.  Visit Be Water Wise for some tips.

For some more great ideas and information about growing great veggies, check out the Master Gardner's website.

And PLEASE remember to bring all those excess six packs from your spring plantings, so the MGs have something to put NEXT month’s seedlings into for you!

July 29, 2018 - Grey Water from Laundry Waste

This Sunday, July 29 - Repurpose your laundry water


What is greywater? It's the "waste" water from your washing machine reused to water your fruit trees or perennial plants instead of being sent to the reclamation plant and then out to the ocean. 

With a greywater system, every time you do a load of laundry your plants get a good drink and you save money as well.

As everyone knows, California has experienced an extreme drought for many years and it will most likely continue. Water is probably the most important resource for every living species on our planet. Learn how to double the usage of your water!

Green Tent guest Art Lee holds workshops that cover all the information you need to install a grey water system at your house. He's bringing a mini greywater demo system so visitors can see how it works and will answer your questions. He'll also have a signup sheet for those interested in attending a future workshop.

A bicycle built for solar power!  And yeah, it works.
Art can also explain how to install your own personal solar panel for small projects or emergency power for your cell phone, laptop, or ham radio.



Art is also a solar energy expert!  When it comes to versatility and sustainability, he has all the info you need to painlessly shrink your carbon footprint.  Come by the Green Tent this Sunday and benefit from his free advice.



Tuesday, July 10, 2018

July 15, 2018 - SLOLA







This Sunday, Jul y 15, representing the Seed Library of Los Angeles, David King, Founding Chair, will be at the Green Tent with information regarding seed saving and upcoming SLOLA events!


On July 21, SLOLA will have their monthly meeting at 2:30PM at The Learning Garden. David and Azita will demonstrate different seed saving techniques on a variety of the winter seeds they harvested over the last few months.



JUST LABEL IT!
SLOLA has been on the front lines of preserving heirloom seeds and making sure they remain available to all of us as we move toward a somewhat ambiguous future.  We are still fighting infiltration of GMO's (Genetically Modified Organisms) into our most trusted grocery stores. Whether you are for or against the production of GMOs, you have a right to know if a fruit, vegetable or grain has been genetically modified so you can make informed food choices.









Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Trash Talk - July 8, 2018

GREEN, BLACK OR BLUE BIN - WHERE DOES IT GO?


Are you a recycling expert? Stop by the Green Tent this Sunday, July 8, to test your knowledge with a sorting game, learn about the recycling process and commit to reducing waste. Get your recycling questions answered. Hear from a recycling pro and learn what to do with your Household Hazardous Waste.

In 2015, Californian’s produced 4.7 lbs of trash per person, per day and diverted 63% of waste from landfills. But we can do better! The City of LA’s goal of zero waste is within reach as long as residents are expert recyclers! Recycling right saves natural resources, decreases pollution and saves landfill space.



Guest Rachel Adell is a local Mar Vista resident and self-proclaimed enthusiast of all things trash and recycling. Rachel’s goal is to share her love of waste and help the public understand their role in waste creation and reduction.



According to the Drawdown data, recycling paper is one of the top 100 solutions for reversing Global Warming.  Every time you take the time to sort and separate old mags and newspapers, you are helping to keep carbon where it belongs..in the ground!



Friday, June 29, 2018

Audubon Society, July 1

Join us this Sunday, July 1 at the MVCC Green Tent.  Our guest is Los Angeles Audubon Society.

Harlequin Beetle
The Los Angeles Audubon Society has taught local school children about the Ballona Wetlands since 1991. Every year, 2500 students have the opportunity to visit this special place and see the plants and animals that make Ballona their home. 

According to the Drawdown data, Coastal wetland ecosystems are one of the top 100 solutions for reversing Global Warming. Relative to their land area, they sequester huge amounts of carbon in plants aboveground and in roots and soils below. 

Coastal wetlands can store five times as much carbon as tropical forests over the long term, mostly in deep wetland soils!

A project planned by the State of California will bring serious changes to the existing habitat. The Los Angeles Audubon would love to share more information about the future of the wetlands. Stop by the Green Tent this Sunday to learn more about programs that inspires our future conservationists and what you can do to keep Ballona thriving!

Learn also about the outdoor education programs sponsored by the Los Angeles Audubon Society that bring the children of Los Angeles to remnant wild and natural places that are found in the midst of our big city. They work with all age groups, from elementary to high school groups, striving to show and educate field trip participants that nature still exists in our own back yard, and the importance of our local ecosystems. Programs are keyed to Next Generation Science Standards, and support curriculum being taught in the classroom.

Approximately 3500 school children every year, at the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve and Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, engage in hands-on activities that include using binoculars to view local birds and other wildlife, scientific illustration exercises where they take a close up view of local flowers and invertebrates and record their observations through drawing, and hiking through open spaces. 


In addition, the Audobon Society hosts a monthly Open Wetlands at the Ballona Ecological Reserve in order to reach a broader audience, and allow access to a reserve that is usually closed to the public. Stop by the Green Tent this Sunday to find out how you can participate.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Master Gardeners, June 24

Join us at the Mar Vista Community Council Green Tent as we welcome back our regular 4th Sunday guests, the UCCE LA County Master Gardeners Sunday, June 24, 9 am to 1 p.m. As usual they’re bringing plants they’ve grown for you to give away, along with free seed packets. 

(PS: They’ll be celebrating MG Julie Strnad’s birthday…stop by to say Happy Day to her!)

Here’s what’s coming:

It wouldn’t be summer or fall without sunflowers!  

Basil — it’s still tiny but in a week or two you can transplant it to flavor all your summer dishes and salads.

Dill — an herb with a cross between caraway and licorish-y taste that enhances fish dishes, baked potatoes and any other creative ideas you may have for this flavor profile.

The Pole Beans (green beans you need to support with a trellis, teepee or a stick or two) are coming up nicely.

Keep the kids happy with “Jack Be Little” mini-pumpkins which should be ready in plenty of time for Halloween carving. 

There are 4 inch pots with everyone’s favorite Lacinato (dark tuscan) Kale.

A very few butternut and delicata squashes have peeked their heads up above the soil.

And thanks to Master Gardener Kwaku Annor, there’ll be even more Cherokee Purple tomatoes to give away! 

Don’t forget to share your successes or bring questions about “what happened” to the MGs, who’ll do their best to advise you. 




And PLEASE remember to bring all those excess six packs from your spring plantings, so the MGs have something to put NEXT month’s seedlings into for you!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Swap Society - June 17, 2018



Save The Earth - There is no Fashion on Mars!


Do you love fashion but also have concerns about the impact the fashion industry has on our fragile environment?  If you aren't concerned, here are 3 reasons you should be...

      The apparel industry is the 4th largest industrial polluter and accounts for 8% of global carbon emissions.
      The average American sends 70 pounds of clothes to landfills every year. That's 21 billion pounds of post consumer textile waste per year!
      Less than 20% of what gets donated to charities gets resold.
Click here to learn more... 

"Swap Society is taking swapping to
the next level,: Cristina Lozano,
Style Indigo
SWAPPING CLOTHING - EASY ON THE PLANET, EASY ON YOUR WALLET
Swapping clothes has been around forever. Graduating from simple one-on-one transactions (Hey, Gal Pal, would you like my blue sweater?  I'm kind of over it..) to semi-organized clothing swaps.   Now Swap Society takes clothing swapping and up-cycling to a whole new level.  It serves as a virtual clothing swap for women and kids that gives you equal value for your clothes. SwapSociety members refresh their wardrobes without the guilt that fast fashion perpetuates, with the added reward of saving money by not buying new.  

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Seed Library of Los Angeles -SLOLA June 10, 2018





JOY SUN 

Come and chat with Joy Sun, Outreach Chair of SLOLA - Seed Library of Los Angeles - our local organization protecting the diversity of our food supply. 


Why save seeds when you can just go buy them at the nursery? Joy has the answers!  And don't forget to get details about upcoming SLOLA events such as pot lucks and speakers.



JUST LABEL IT!
SLOLA has been on the front lines of preserving heirloom seeds and making sure they remain available to all of us as we move toward a somewhat ambiguous future.  We are still fighting infiltration of GMO's (Genetically Modified Organisms) into our most trusted grocery stores. Whether you are for or against the production of GMOs, you have a right to know if a fruit, vegetable or grain has been genetically modified so you can make informed food choices.










Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Ballona Wetlands - June 3, 2018

BALLONA WETLANDS

...an environmental treasure in our own back yard 


Photo of Great Horned Owl by Jonathan Coffin
You may have heard about the 600+ acres of the Ballona Wetlands just to the south and west of Mar Vista. But have you visited this wild habitat where coyote and the beautiful and rare White Tailed Kite hunt?

Drop by the Green Tent on Sunday, June 3, to learn about this fragile mosaic of different habitats: seasonal ponds, wet meadows, salt pannes, sand dunes and prairie grassland. 

Photo of Coyote by Jonathan Coffin
Biologist Roy Van de Hoek (perhaps you know him from the Feathers & Foliage walks in Mar Vista or have seen his Blue Bird houses in our trees) and Marcia Hanscom, Executive Director of the Ballona Institute will be on hand to talk with you. Ballona Institute is known as "The Voice for nature on the Los Angeles Coast."
Photo of one of the historical sloughs at 
Ballona Wetlands by Marcia Hanscom



Click here to learn about the threats and treasures at Ballona. And watch this video to see just some of the miracles at the water's edge.

According to the Drawdown data, Coastal wetland ecosystems are one of the top 100 solutions for reversing Global Warming.
Relative to their land area, they sequester huge amounts of carbon in plants aboveground and in roots and soils below.

Coastal wetlands can store five times as much carbon as tropical forests over the long term, mostly in deep wetland soils. 

Learn about Ballona Institute's latest campaigns, including the most important one of all - the threat that bulldozers we once chased from the Ballona Wetlands are threatening to return! Stop by to learn what YOU can do to help save the Ballona Wetlands again!


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Master Gardeners May 27, 2018


Get your garden ready for summer veggies! Even though it’s a grey May, and June gloom’s just ahead, there's still time to get that summer garden going. And the UC/CE LA County Master Gardeners  will be handing out their lovingly-grown seedlings and seeds — all for FREE! 

Join them on SUNDAY, May 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and bring your garden questions and dreams. They’ll be giving away: 

Two kinds of green beans: Emerite Pole Beans (stake these), long and strong; and Bush French Filet Beans (aka haricots vert), those slender, little delicacies.



And get ready for pickles! Heirloom Lemon Cucumbers
and Straight Eight Heirloom cucumbers. 





Need some super greens? Renee’s Seeds Summer Perfection Spinach was bred to stand up to summer heat and is easy to harvest with straight up leaves; and Baby Tuscan Kale will satisfy those who love dark leafy greens, raw in their salads or sautéed. Cut and come again: when the leaves are 4-5 inches long, snip 'em for salads and watch them grow back again for an abundant and healthy harvest!

Slow Bolt Cilantro will give you that bright one-of-a-kind herbal kick that enhances Thai, Indian and Mexican food. And it won’t go straight to seed (bolt) in summer’s hot sun. 

What would summer be without TOMATOES! Container Super Bush (no cage needed) and Pandorino Italian grape tomatoes will make your summer picnics juicy, joyful, colorful and delicious!  

And yes, Virginia, there will be Zucchini — Astia Container Zucchini that produce small, easy to pick summer squash that won’t sprawl all over your garden.

Last but not least everyone’s favorites: Sun Samba Sunflowers! 

Don’t forget to check out Be Water Wise for inspirations, practical ideas and water
conservation planning.

And please bring along those empty plastic six packs, so the MGs can keep filling them with the seed they love to grow and you love to take home with you.  Any color will do!








SPECIAL PREVIEW FOR NEXT MONTH (JUNE)   Save space in your garden for Rhubarb! MGs planted up some Rhubarb from heirloom Italian seed company Franchi. Get ready for those big, red, tangy stalks that are excellent for crumbles, pies, jams and oh, so much more. (Don’t eat the leaves—just the stalks!)
You’ll be able to choose Fresh Culinary Chives (heirloom seeds, of course) to add to your quiches, baked potatoes or vinaigrettes.