Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Gary Golding, April 30

Local environmental activist Gary Golding lives by the code "Consume as Little as Possible" and wants to share this simple message with YOU!  

This week at the Green Tent, Gary will demonstrate his "bee whispering" skills and share his personal journey toward the path of Zero Waste. For kids of all ages, there will be a take-home project using rocks and other objects from nature. 

Golding is well-known and respected in the community as a bee specialist, Lead Garden Teacher at the STAR Eco Station and a variety of magnet schools. You can learn more about this uniquely radical environmentalist at his website, The Golding State

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Master Gardeners, April 23

Yes, it IS time for summer veggies! 

And your friendly LA County Master Gardeners are planning your summer menu…

Come to the Green Tent between 9 am and 1 pm on Sunday, April 23, and check out the beautiful seedlings they’re giving away, planted expressly for you (plus you can take home free seeds).

What would summer be without cherry tomatoes? Enjoy the sugar sweet orange sungold variety.
And what does cherry tomato taste best with? Basil, of course: there’s Heirloom Purple Opal and large leaf Italian Cameo container basil for you to choose from. 

Soon it will be pickle time! For your delectation, select baby Persian cucumbers or Bush Slicer Cucumbers (you don’t need to trellis the bush plants). 

Make a salad of it! There’s heirloom baby Tuscan kale, Ruby Gem baby romaine, red leaf lettuce, ruby and emerald container lettuce. 

And of course, everyone’s favorite summer squash: heirloom zucchini. You’ll have plenty to eat and share by the time the season's over.

Then, enjoy some Zinger hibiscus, a deliciously refreshing flavor for tea or other summer beverages. And by the time Fall rolls around, your Royal Flush sunflowers should be in full bloom! 

For great monthly tips about gardening in LA County, visit http://celosangeles.ucanr.edu/UC_Master_Gardener_Program/Garden_Tips_for_Los_Angeles_County/. And stop by Compass Green,  a moble greenhouse, will demonstrate Bio-intensive Sustainable Agriculture at the Mar Vista Farmers' Market this Sunday, April 23.

And please remember to bring those plastic six packs (aka “pony packs”) you’ve recycled so the MGs can bring even more plants next month.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Seed Library of Los Angeles, April 9

Purple Winnetka Artichoke
We're doing seed selection for
the most-purple and biggest artichoke.
This is a second year bloom at the garden.
Saving Seeds

This Sunday at the Green Tent, representing the Seed Library of Los Angeles, Joy and Eleu will have seed samples and information on upcoming SLOLA events! 

SLOLA is our local organization protecting the diversity of our food supply – come and talk to Joy and Eleu regarding harvesting + saving your winter seeds while brainstorming on what to grow for summer! 

SLOLA always has something amazing going on at the monthly Seed Library meetings. This month Larry Kandarian will talk about his journey growing ancient grains! 

Edible Calendula flowers (yellow)
and radishes going to seed