by Charlene Burgi
This past Saturday we had a lively group in attendance at the “Bay-Friendly Gardening Basics” class at Marin Art & Garden Center, our first Bay-Friendly workshop of the season. The breakout groups not only learned a little about Integrated Pest Management, plants, soils and design, but gained hands-on experience by actively participating in the prepared activities. We heard comments such as “Fun,” “I can’t wait to attend more classes,” and “Can’t wait to try this at home.”
If you missed out last Saturday, we are teaching “From the Ground Up” this Saturday, March 13, from 9:00 a.m. to noon at MAGC in the tent area. Dress warmly and plan on getting your hands dirty! You will be practicing the arts of composting and sheet mulching. Come learn how to make your soil a living sponge! The class is free and it isn’t too late to sign up at bayfriendlycoalition.org.
While signing up for “From the Ground Up,” grab a seat for the new “Edibles” class coming up on March 27 at Draper Farms, 11 Sacramento Avenue in San Anselmo. Learn how to double dig, plan the garden with vegetables that grow well together, and so much more. This class is filling up fast, so don’t delay. See you there!
The “Save Your Green, Save Our Blue” coupons are now available on our website. Print them out to take advantage of the generous discounts our retailers are offering. You will find deals on mulch, native plants, irrigation equipment and other supplies to help you create a healthier garden and move toward becoming more Bay-Friendly.
If that’s not enough to keep you busy, “Fix a Leak Week” is this coming week, March 15-21. “Fix a Leak Week” is sponsored by the U.S. EPA’s WaterSense program as an annual reminder to everyone to check household plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks. In addition to preparing for St. Patrick’s Day, set aside some time to evaluate the condition of hose bibs in the garden. Replace the washers if they are leaking. The seals around the irrigation spray heads are often overlooked. Water could be escaping out the side before it reaches the nozzle. If it is leaking, do your part to fix it.