Free Monthly Composting Workshops – Los Angeles

Free Composting Workshops

Free Monthly Composting Workshops - Los Angeles

Come learn to compost! Compost bin sales are held two Fridays and two Saturdays of each month from 9am to 12pm. At all events, we’ll have discounted compost bins ($20 each) for sale. Bagged TOPGRO soil amendment is available only at the Lopez Canyon location. All sales are final. Free mulch is available at both locations as well—please bring your own container and shovel. Proof of City of Los Angeles residence is required for discounted sales. Please note that events may be cancelled in the event of inclement weather; feel free to call in advance.

At the Saturday workshops, experts will review backyard composting, smart gardening, worm composting, and grasscycling. There is no cost to attend. Please note that Friday events are bin sales only.  

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Visit the Web Site for Complete Schedule and Locations

News: Hugelkultur, one alternative to traditional raised beds via A Way To Garden

News: Hugelkultur, one alternative to traditional raised beds via A Way To Garden

News: Hugelkultur, one alternative to traditional raised beds via A Way To Garden

News: Hugelkultur, one alternative to traditional raised beds via A Way To Garden

FOR 25 YEARS I have grown my vegetables in raised beds, but the kind that you need to purchase lumber and bolts and use a saw and hammer to construct, then fill entirely with soil and compost. Lately I’ve been looking longingly at photos of a centuries-old, sustainable way of making raised garden beds called hugelkultur, or hill culture.

“It’s like sheet mulching or lasagna gardening,” says Dave Whitinger of All Things Plants, who regularly lectures on the subject, but in hugelkultur, “wood is the first level of your sheet-mulched bed.” That’s his robust hugelkultur onion bed up top.

Read the entire article or listen to the podcast


Learn more about Hugelkultur with these books

* A portion of each sale from Amazon.com directly supports our organization
** Many of these books may be available from your local library. Check it out!
† Available from the LA Public Library

 

Local Event: Native Plant Celebration & Symposium, Wildflower Show & Plant Sale – April 7, 2018

Local Event: Native Plant Celebration & Symposium, Wildflower Show & Plant Sale - April 7, 2018

Native Plant Celebration & Symposium, Wildflower Show & Plant Sale

Saturday, April 7, 2018 – 9am-4pm

Sepulveda Garden Center
16633 Magnolia Blvd., Encino, CA 91436

The annual Wildflower Show of the Los Angeles / Santa Monica Mountains chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is scheduled for April 7, 2018 at the Sepulveda Garden Center in conjunction with a simultaneous Native Plant Celebration & Symposium, plant and book sale. The Symposium will feature speakers throughout the day. Plants for sale will be available courtesy of our Symposium partner, the Theodore Payne Foundation. We welcome California native wildflower cuttings from your home gardens.

For a list of speakers and more information, visit the California Native Plant Society Website

Event: Tomatomania is coming to San Fernando Valley – March 16-18, 2018 – Tapia Bros.

Event: Tomatomania is coming to San Fernando Valley - March 16-18, 2018 - Tapia Bros.

Event: Tomatomania is coming to San Fernando Valley - March 16-18, 2018 - Tapia Bros.

March 16-18, 2018

Tapia Brothers Farm Stand
5251 Hayvenhurst Ave, Encino, CA 91436
9am – 5pm all three days

(818) 905-6155

Event: Tomatomania is coming to San Fernando Valley - March 16-18, 2018 - Tapia Bros.

It’s the Whopper. The Big Kahuna, The T-Rex of tomato sales!

One of Los Angeles’ oldest garden traditions meets one of its newest sensations as Tapia Brothers Farm Stand again hosts the largest of the TOMATOMANIA! seedling sales. We’ll showcase almost 300 tomato varieties (yes, you read that right) and offer everything you’ll need to have the most successful tomato season ever.

A new twist this year: we will add some short classes and include expert guest appearances to offer you more garden thoughts and expertise! Don’t miss them.

See more information and locations on the Tomatomania Web Site.

Watch a video interview I did with founder Scott Diagre back in 2011

Get the Tomatomania book from Amazon.com

* A portion of each sale from Amazon.com directly supports our organization
** Many of these books may be available from your local library. Check it out!
† Available from the LA Public Library

Planting Ideas: Planning a Square Foot Vegetable Garden via GrowVeg

There are lots of ways to plant your community garden plot. Starting today I’l be highlighting a variety of methods, plants and designs I have found on my Internet travels. Hopefully, something here will spark with you and get you planting your own plot, whether in a community garden or elsewhere. — Douglas

Planning a Square Foot Vegetable Garden via GrowVeg

Planting Ideas: Planning a Square Foot Vegetable Garden via GrowVeg

Square Foot Gardening (commonly referred to as SFG) is a planting method that was developed by American author and TV presenter Mel Bartholomew in the 1970s. It’s a simple way to create easy-to-manage gardens with raised beds that need a minimum of time spent maintaining them. SFG rapidly gained popularity during the 1980s through Mel’s first book and television series and since then has spread across the world, eventually going ‘mainstream’ with several companies offering ready-to-assemble SFG gardens. SFG advocates claim it produces more, uses less soil and water and takes just 2% of the time spent on a traditional garden. So what makes Square Foot Gardening special and why don’t all gardeners use it?

Read Planning a Square Foot Vegetable Garden via GrowVeg

Local Event: California Native Plant Society Monthly Meeting – March 13, 2018, 730pm

California Native Plant Society Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, March 13 at 7:30pm
Sepulveda Garden Center
16633 Magnolia Blvd
Encino, CA 

Cal State Northridge Biology Dept Research:

1) Dudleya Evolution Trends
2) Climate Growth Sensitivity in Bigcone Douglas Fir

Dani Amoroso and Cody Russell will be presenting their findings with a slide show.

Program is free and non-members are welcome. Refreshments will be available.

Dinner precedes the meeting at 6pm at Maria’s Italian Kitchen, 16608 Ventura Blvd, Encino. Come, join us!
For more info go to www.lacnps.org or email us at lacnps@lacnps.org or call 818-782-9346.