Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Master Gardeners, July 23

They’re BAAAACK!!

Did you miss them? Last month the UC/CE LA County Master Gardeners took a little time off because two of the organizers were out of town. But now they’re back at the Green Tent, Sunday, July 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They’re giving away free seeds and free plants. 

This time they’re focusing on helping Mar Vistans assist monarch butterflies in their migration south with ASCLEPIAS seedlings. These are the plants on which monarchs lay their eggs and begin their lives, first as a caterpillar, later metamorphosing into a chrysalis, and finally emerging as beautiful butterflies. Here’s an article about Asclepias.

They’re also bringing bush beans — both tricolor green beans (yellow, green and purple) and French Filet beans, those lovely, slender, tender veggies that taste great as a side dish or in salads…or just eat them raw with some hummus or any kind of dip! And they’re BUSH beans, so you don’t need a trellis to grow them! 

The Master Gardeners want to take this opportunity to remind you that there are many helpful articles on gardening here: http://celosangeles.ucanr.edu/ UC_Master_Gardener_Program/Gardening_Articles/. And they have a help line too! So send in or call in your gardening questions: http://celosangeles.ucanr.edu/ UC_Master_Gardener_Program/Gardening_Questions/.

If you’re trying to save water, here’s a great resource http://www.bewaterwise.com

And don’t forget to bring your empty plastic six packs to the Green Tent so the MGs can plant up more goodness for you for next month. And this month, if you have any leftover 4 inch pots, they’re happy to take them off your hands, too.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

SMC Sustainable Technologies Program, July 16


Stop by the Green Tent this Sunday and meet Stuart Cooley, Professor of Renewable Energies at Santa Monica College. 

See demonstrations of a solar-battery driving a "floating magnetic earth," LED lighting and virtual reality viewers! Get your questions answered on solar energy, energy efficiency, battery storage and EVs. Learn more about the Sustainable Technologies program

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Teaching Wellness, July 9th

According to author Charles Duhigg, "Keystone habits act as the soil from which other good habits grow."   If your concerns extend beyond your personal wellbeing to include the health of our fragile planet, take heart!  Certified Wellness Coach Jeanne Kuntz will be available to help you discover your own Earth-friendly "keystone habits. "

Eat foods in their original form.  No processing to degrade food value, no packaging to deplete the environment.

Walk or bike instead of driving whenever possible.  You may end up shopping closer to home which is good for the small businesses in your neighborhood and fosters a sense of community, a stress-reducing bonus.

Prepare meals and eat them at home. You will burn about 250 calories for each meal you prepare.  If you have young children, you will teach them a valuable skill which is empowering and a money saver.  

Get to know your neighbors.  A recent Los Angeles Times article cited research that indicates people who have good relationships with their neighbors live happier, healthier lives.  And when you are preparing those home-cooked meals, it’s so much easier to borrow a cup of sugar or a lemon from a neighbor than to drive your car to the market and back.  A real stress-reducer!

Choose exercise options that have the lowest environmental impact while bringing you the greatest joy.  Example:  Instead of getting in your car and driving to the gym for an hour, and then driving back again, why not put on some of your favorite music and dance around the house? 

Stay connected to your motivators.  Write them somewhere and review them often!

Take time to just sit and be...even if it's only 5 minutes a day.

Stop by the Green Tent for tips on how to experiment with these ideas and incorporate the best into your life.

Mar Vista resident and Green Committee co- chair Jeanne Kuntz is a certified wellness coach. Learn more at her Teaching Wellness website.