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. 

Friday, May 18, 2018


Get a preview of the upcoming Mar Vista Art Walk at the Green Tent!

Created as a means of improving the walkability of our neighborhood, The Mar Vista Art Walk is a fun, FREE celebration of all the arts.  More walking = fewer cars + less greenhouse gas + better health! 

Designated one of Mayor Garcetti’s “Great Streets”, the 1-mile stretch of Venice Blvd between Inglewood Bl – Beethoven St. will be transformed by its current theme, VERTICAL!  
It's all about Venice board sports -- skateboarding and surfing --
 and our Mar Vista/Venice connection to Dogtown and ZBoyz! 

The June 7 Mar Vista Art Walk is once again on its regular Thursday night schedule -- opening at 6 p.m. and closing at 10 p.m. Special activities for families with pre-school aged children start at New School West/ and A Kid's Place preschools at 4:30 p.m. There'll be extra daylight hours -- probably til 8 p.m and great weather. So keep that in mind as you plan your activities.

The schedule of remaining 2018 Mar Vista Art Walks is:
  • Thurs. June 7, 6-10 p.m. Theme:  VERTICAL!
  • Thurs. September 6, 6-10 p.m.  Theme:  SCIENCE + ART
  • Saturday, November 24, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (all day event for Small Business Saturday)  Theme:  INNER GIVING
The Mar Vista Art Walk is a joint effort of environmental nonprofit Green Communications Initiative (GCI) and the community of local artists, with the enthusiastic support of CD-11 councilmember Mike Bonin, the Mar Vista Neighborhood Council, Mayor Eric Garcetti’s “Great Streets” Initiative, the Department of Cultural Affairs, Michelle Pine Rappoport-KW Realty, KW Realty-Silicon Beach, RSI, Earthstar Creation Center and the M & R Vest Foundation.

Visit the Mar Vista Art Walk page on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook or go to http://www.marvistaartwalk.org for more information.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Playhouse Art L.A. - May 13

Come to the Green Tent this Sunday and a create a beautiful card that your Mother and Mother Earth will both love!

Playhouse Art L.A., an eco-friendly kids’ art studio in Mar Vista, will be at the Green Tent on Mother’s Day, May 13, with a super-fun and easy project using food scraps from your kitchen.  

What do you do with those last few shriveled clementines or all the leftover limes and lemons from a cocktail party?  Make art! 

Made from citrus fruit, non-toxic food coloring and old cereal boxes, these cards keep kids safe, reduce post-consumer waste and create a lasting memory for a very special day.

Interested in doing your own DIY cardmaking?  The Playhouse Art L.A. staff will be happy to share their tips so you can easily run this project on your own.

Playhouse Art has fun, eco-friendly after-school art classes and tinkering workshops. Check them out at www.playhouseartla.com or on Instagram at @playhouseartla.  Have fun!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Drawdown - May 6

Global is Reversible!

Reducing Food Waste - Solution #3
Saving the planet from global warming can seem overwhelming, but fortunately a collection of top-notch scientists and researchers have collected data on what actions are already working and ranked the top 100 solutions in order. Many of them are simple steps that you may already take.  

Are you a member of the Clean Plate Club?  Do you select food mindfully and store or give away what you cannot finish? Come to the Green Tent this Sunday, May 6, from 9 to 2, brag about what you are already doing and learn more action steps to reverse global warming.  Contribute a "leaf" to our Drawdown Solutions Tree and leave with a free gift.    

Not sure how to make your new commitment stick?  Get complimentary coaching tips from certified wellness coach and Green Committee co-chair Jeanne Kuntz. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Audbon Society at the Green Tent

Join us this Sunday, April 29 at the MVCC Green Tent.  Our guest will be  Los Angeles Audubon Society.

Harlequin Beetle

The Los Angeles Audubon Society has been teaching 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. 
At the moment the State of California has a project planned that 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!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Sunday, April 22 at the Green Tent

And they’re back! The UC/CE LA County Master Gardeners (like them here: ) return to the Green Tent on EARTH DAY, SUNDAY APRIL 22 from 9 am to 1 pm! And appropriately they’ll help you enhance your earth, offering you seeds and seedlings for FREE!

Here’s what they’re bringing:

Persian baby cucumbers — If you love to pickle or just munch, these petite cucumbers boast a smooth, thin skin and crispy texture, all packed into 3 to 5 inch mini-cukes – bonus: they’re mildew tolerant!

Tuscan baby leaf kale  — Who doesn’t love it? The best of all possible worlds; kale flavor and nutrition in a compact leaf! Small and tender, eat ribs and all.

Spinach  — Popeye knew; spinach makes you stronger! Get your iron fix here.

Bush French filet beans — aka "haricot vert,” slender, gourmet quality,  pencil slim, rounded 6-inch pods; no staking needed.

Pole filet beans — bigger and longer, you’ll need to stake them so their tall vines will provide a multitude of snappy 7 to 9 inch sweet beans pods.
Container zucchini — Perfect solution to control an abundance of zucchini that grow in record time. The French developed this one for containers and small space gardens, and they quickly provide compact squash vines that are easy to harvest! Zoodles!!

Rainbow chard —  talk about pretty; use in edible landscapes for their eye-catching colors, magenta and gold stalks, but don’t cheat yourself, it’s delicious too.

Lettuce blend—tender sweet greens and reds.

Baby leaf lettuce mix  — pick leaves from outside in and eat while young for yummy salads.

Sun Samba ornamental sunflowers—these beauties grow 5 to 7 feet, and feature beautiful colors.

Slow bolt cilantro  — Spice up that Mexican, Indian, Thai or even plain old chili dish you’re making with this wondrous herb.

AND PLEASE REMEMBER! Recycle those plastic six-packs at the Green Tent so the MGs can plant up more goodies for you next month!

And now more than ever it’s essential to be WATER WISE. Click here to learn more about what you can do or go to www.bewaterwise.com

Friday, April 13, 2018

April 15 - At the Green Tent

Here it Comes!!!
The Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase 2018 is just around the corner!  With a few years off to recharge our creative batteries, we’re coming back on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10am to 4pm for another FUN and FREE celebration of sustainable gardening.

Even though last winter’s rainfall has helped to alleviate our drought crisis, please don’t be lulled into thinking that plentiful rainfall will continue. The need for sustainable practices in our gardens, and the desire for information on how to convert water-hungry lawns into beautiful and environment-friendly retreats, continues. 

From chickens to beekeeping, rain barrels to composting, native plant selection to garden design overview, our goal is to provide a relaxing day in 20 of Mar Vista’s most beautiful sustainable gardens AND give visitors plenty of know-how to feed their own sustainable garden dreams. Stop by the Mar Vista Farmers Market Green Tent this coming Sunday, and get all of your questions answered by Maggie Begley, the new Chair of the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase.

So save the date for the 2018 Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase:  Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10am to 4pm.  In the meantime, you can find inspiration at the MVGGS blog, where images and information from all our tours are featured.   

The Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase is sponsored by environmental non-profit Green Communications Initiative, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt public benefit corporation. 
Warm regards and Happy New Year!

Maggie Begley
Chair, 2018 Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase
Maggie@mbcprinc.com; 310.749.3055

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

April 8 at the Green Tent

Climate Change is Reversible!

Start by joining the Clean Plate Club

Drawdown  is that point in time when the concentration of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere begins to decline on a year-to-year basis. It's not a quick fix, but we CAN REVERSE GLOBAL WARMING...if we all get on board and get our friends and families on board.  This is great news for humans and other living things.  It is a plan that invites us to participate at any level we can.   www.drawdown.org

A simple step such as joining the clean-plate club (see photo above) can make an impact!  The top 100 solutions will be displayed at the Green Tent this Sunday.  We will focus on reducing food waste, so stop by and add your suggestions, learn new ideas and reduce your waste starting NOW! 

Not sure how to make your new commitment stick?  Get complimentary coaching tips from certified wellness coach and Green Committee co-chair Jeanne Kuntz. 

Sunday, March 25, 2018

April 1 at the Green Tent


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.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Los Angeles Waterkeeper, March 18

Do you know what a Marine Protected Area (MPA) is? Did you know there are two MPAs right here in the Santa Monica Bay? Whether you know or not, come by the Green Tent to learn what and how Los Angeles Waterkeeper monitors these precious areas with their fun “What’s the Catch” game. They'll have a few prizes for those who participate!

Los Angeles Waterkeeper safeguards LA’s inland and coastal waters by enforcing laws and empowering communities. They engage with an array of volunteers to monitor and steward Los Angeles waterways so all have access to healthy, living and safe water.

Los Angeles Waterkeeper is a member organization of Waterkeeper Alliance, the world’s fastest growing environmental movement. Along with hundreds other Waterkeeper Organizations, their movement works for swimmable, drinkable and fishable waterways worldwide.

Want to learn more about saving water in your home garden? The Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase, is back this year and chair Maggie Begley joins LA Waterkeeper at the Green Tent this Sunday! The 2018 Showcase will highlight 20+ of our area’s most beautiful gardens on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10am to 4pmWant to know more about the gardens? Interested in volunteering at the evert? Visit the Green Tent this Sunday to learn more about this exciting, uniquely Mar Vista event.