Sunday, April 29, 2012

Compost Expert Christy Wilhelmi Presents This Sunday May 6th

Confused about your compost? 
The right 'recipes'? 
What to put in, what to leave out? 
Is it 'compost' yet?

 Let Christy Wilhelmi of Gardenerd help you sort it out!

Christy will be at the tent talking about composting - browns, greens, how compost happens and why it's so important to our gardens and to the health of our environment.  She'll also be answering organic gardening questions as well. 

Christy Wilhelmi is the driving force behind Her obsession with gardening began in 1996 on the balcony of her Los Angeles, California apartment. She eventually became a member of Ocean View Farms Organic Community Garden in Mar Vista, California and has served on the Board of Directors since 1998.

She also wrote, co-directed, edited and hosted a weekly lifestyle television show, The Garden of Life: whole life wellness through gardening, fitness and food.

Christy believes that gardening unifies both physical activity and healthy food choices, while providing a grounding spiritual and creative outlet.

She has dedicated herself to the study of organic gardening and its benefits, and delights in sharing this information with anyone who will listen. She is your go to person for gardening resources and information. Come by and say 'hi' and get the scoop on compost.
And check out her videos here:

P.S. even though the Green Garden Showcase is over-you can still catch this

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Master Gardeners Return! -Sunday April 22nd

Come see what the Master Gardener's have to share with us this month:

Free plants, free seeds and excellent free advice!

The UCCE/LA County Master Gardeners at the Mar Vista Community Council's Green Tent for seeds and seedlings -- all free! They have tomatoes, peppers, peas, strawberries, a few leeks and eggplants.

UC Cooperative Extension develops and implements community-based educational programs that address the critical needs of the county's diverse and multiethnic population.

Staff and volunteers provide and encourage the use of current research-based information in the areas of nutrition, youth development, urban gardening, horticulture and the environment.

And: BE ALERT!! The Asian Citrus Psyllid HAS been found in Southern California. This rapidly-spreading pest that carries a deadly virus, with the potential to kill all citrus trees in our state.

That's not an exaggeration. The first line of defense is the backyard fruit tree. ACT FAST -- TIME IS CRITICAL

For more information, please see the following link:

LA Native at The Green Tent This Sunday April 15th!

LA Native will be at The Green Tent!

Get The Facts

Going Native Makes Sense!

Did you know?
  • California uses 20% of its energy consumption to move and treat water.
  • Up to 70% of residential water goes to watering landscaping in our county.
  • Our landscaping is predominantly non-native tropicals and invasive species that consume on average seven times more water than our native plants.
  • Non-native plants need fertilizers, unlike our native plants that evolved in our local soil.
  • The abundant use of fertilizers has created a huge source of pollution in Santa Monica Bay.
  • Landscaping with native plants does not cost more, and can even reduce maintenance costs.
  • We've lost 90% of our native songbird and butterfly populations in the last fifty years. This is no coincidence. A primary food source for most of these bird species is butterfly caterpillars. Nearly all the native butterfly populations can only eat the native plants.

L.A. Native is a coalition encouraging the use of native plants in phase two of Expo Line stations.

Their goal is simple: get the MTA and Expo Authority to use native species for the station landscaping in phase two of the Expo light rail line.

LA Native began when Palms Neighborhood Council (PNC) transportation advocate Charles Miller realized there was little overlap between groups of people who are advocating for more sustainable landscaping choices and people advocating for more sustainable transportation choices, even though the goals of the two groups are generally complementary.

Palms Station is the first station in phase two of the Expo light rail line, which will travel from Palms to the coast in Santa Monica. As the PNC became heavily involved in plans for Palms Station (including landscaping discussions), the need for LA Native emerged. Miller and other advocates for urban sustainability began to connect.

It’s time to start making better choices for a sustainable urban environment.
Please stop by on Sunday and have a chat.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Modaa Inc. Returns This Sunday April 8th! Modaa Inc will be presenting their Green Kitchen at the tent is week!

Modaa Inc will be presenting their Green Kitchen at the tent is week!

Yes, it's that time again!

Ready to get going on your 'Green Spring Cleaning' projects?

"Spring is here and so is the beautiful weather that comes with it. When life's renewing itself outdoors, we get tempted to revive the interior of our homes."

This year we can green our 'spring cleaning' and spruce up.

Modaa Inc. & Your Green Kitchen on a Budget!

Modaa will be showcasing the ultimate green kitchen. At this years Mar Vista event, Modaa Inc will be displaying a variety of sustainable counter tops, back-splashes, floor options, eco-friendly fixtures, energy star appliances and green cabinets.

The days of not being able to afford green are long gone!

Modaa will show you how your outdated cabinets can become the focal point of your home. With a simple refinish and the right hardware, you can create a look that will set a trend within your neighborhood. Go green with Kirei, back-splashes made of coconut. Create trendy cabinet knobs with the use of collected perfume bottle caps.

Their concepts are creative, varied and green! Stop by and say hello this Sunday.