Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Master Gardeners, Nov. 24

Time to plant winter greens!

The UC/CE Master Gardeners of LA County return this Sunday with free plants, seeds and information to share with you. 

Winter's a good time to raise greens, peas and beans. This month they've planted up Rustic Heirloom Arugula, Gourmet Braising Greens, Siberian Kale and Red Kale, Rainbow Chard, a Mesclun Lettuce Mix, Fava Beans and Snow Peas.

Did you know that most of Mar Vista was historically the heart of the Lima Bean Belt? Honor the past and plant something of your own!

Remember: the Master Gardeners need your plastic six packs to continue planting seeds for these giveaways! Please drop them off at the Green Tent between 9 am and 1 pm.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Venice High Students Offer Herbs from the Learning Garden

This Sunday, the MVCC Green Committee space will be turned over to a group of ambitious students from Venice High School. They will be selling herbs grown in their very own Learning Garden. Proceeds from the sale fund a program for high school interns interested in gardening. These enthusiastic, committed students devote their summer hours to learning about urban agriculture. They master all aspects, from planting seeds to cultivating and nurturing young plants, harvesting and, finally, selling the "produce."

David King is the Gardenmaster of The Learning Garden at Venice High School
David King, Gardenmaster of
The Learning Garden at Venice High School

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Sunday November 3, 2013
9AM - 2PM

Catching and Harvesting a Precious Resource: Rainwater!

Come learn many simple ways to help yourself and the planet by "harvesting" the rain (collecting it or redirecting it, for example). You can:

Rain barrels make great “green” gifts for the person who has everything!
  • save water for future use
  • replenish and improve our groundwater
  • protect wildlife, wetlands, and the ocean
  • reduce our negative impact on Northern California and Colorado River import areas
  • reduce pollution and energy use (oil and electric)
  • lower your water bill
Denise "Deni" Friese, owner of Eco-Friendly Custom Landscapes and ecologist since the 1970's, is a trainer for the LA County Master Gardener program and president of the Culver City/Westside Garden Club. She teaches  and consults on many aspects of landscaping and low-water irrigation.
Newly-planted rain garden from
2012 Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase