Thursday, August 24, 2017

Master Gardeners, August 27

The UC/CE LA County Master Gardeners return to the Green Tent on Sunday, August 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. As usual they’re bringing with them plants and seeds to give away, in order to encourage you to garden and grow your own!

This month some of what they’re bringing includes sunflowers, bush and pole beans, baby pumpkins, cilantro and cucumbers. And they’re available to answer your gardening questions, so bring them with you to the Mar Vista Farmers' Market!

David King, an honorary master gardener who runs The Learning Garden at Venice High School   says that in September, you may want to avoid planting anything in the ground until later in the month. Then you should begin sowing turnips, parsnips, radishes, beets and carrots (all grow underground) and be sure to keep the seeds moist. For above ground planting, sow peas, lentils and garbanzo beans; plant your chard, kale, broccoli, fava beans, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts in containers.

Don’t forget that SLOLA (Seed Library of Los Angeles) meets monthly at The Learning Garden, third Saturdays at around 2 pm. A lifetime membership is only $10 and you can get free seeds that are open pollinated (non GMO). Borrow seed, grow out the plants, save some for seed and return it to SLOLA to continue the good work of sharing seeds.

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