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Home front: free compost; cover-crop class

Also, floral design workshop

A roundup of home and garden news and events on the Midpeninsula.

FREE COMPOST WORKSHOP ... The County of San Mateo's Sustainability Academy is holding a compost workshop on Saturday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to noon at Collective Roots, 1785 Woodland Ave., East Palo Alto. Come and learn how to compost your fruit and vegetable scraps, leaves and plant cuttings at this free event. County residents are eligible for a $65 discount off compost or worm bins ordered through the Office of Sustainability. Workshop attendees will be eligible for an additional $25 discount. Go to to register for the free event.

COVER-CROP CLASS ... On Thursday, July 25, the UC Master Gardener program will host a free workshop on "Cover Crops for Home Gardeners." Cover crops are an often underutilized method for improving garden soil. Easy-to-grow legumes add nitrogen, grasses and other crops add carbon and some cover crops contain chemicals that have other advantages. Learn what to grow for either summer or winter cover crops, easy ways to incorporate them and how they can help you produce more abundant crops. The free talk will be by Ann Burrell at the Los Altos Library from 7 - 8:30 p.m. The library is located at 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.

INTRO TO FLORAL DESIGN ... Lanette Anderson, farmer/florist at Hidden Villa Farm, will teach a workshop on Saturday, Aug. 25, on floral design. The event will be held from 1:55 - 4 p.m. Anderson will demonstrate her design process step-by-step and then guide each student through making their own lush floral centerpiece to take home. All the flowers are organically grown on Hidden Villa's farm. All materials and supplies will be included along with light refreshments. Cost is $100 for adults. To register, go to


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