by Dan Carney
Are you looking for environmentally friendly ways to keep down the weeds and fill up a rain barrel this winter? Please join in the fun at two FREE workshops this February and you will be rewarded with a wealth of practical knowledge and techniques to improve your garden.
Introduction to Sheet Mulching: In this two-hour workshop you will learn how to use cardboard and organic mulch to virtually eliminate weeds, reduce water use, enrich soil, attract worms, replace unwanted lawns and make your plants extremely happy. If this all sounds too good to be true, come try it for yourself and see how easy and effective this simple technique really is. We will have piles of mulch, a roll of recycled cardboard and tools ready to go. You are welcome to bring your work gloves and grab a rake, too!
When: Friday, February 17 (10:00 a.m. – noon)
Where: Marin Municipal Water District, 220 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925 (meet in the parking lot adjacent to Tamal Vista Blvd.)
What to bring: Curiosity and gardening gloves (optional)
How to sign up: Leave us a message with your name and contact information at (415) 945-1521 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Introduction to Rainwater Harvesting: Spend the day learning how to harvest rainwater at your home. Expert instructors from the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA) will guide you step-by-step through the fascinating process of storing and using the liquid gold that falls from the sky. Whether you are planning to harvest 50 or 5,000 gallons to store for emergencies, watering veggies, washing clothes or flushing toilets, rainwater is for everyone! This event is co-sponsored by The Urban Farmer Store and MMWD.
When: Saturday, February 18 (9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Where: Tam Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941
What to bring: Notebook and pen (lunch is included)
How to sign up: Reserve your seat today by logging onto the ARCSA event website, or contact Becky Squires at (512) 617-6528.