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Home front: Cool-season veggies, orchid judging

Also, learn how to set up a greywater system

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including cool-season veggie container gardening and an orchid judging event.

COOL-SEASON VEGGIES … It may be the middle of summer now, but it's never too early to start planning for the next season in your garden. Master Gardener Louise Christy leads a free workshop on container gardening with cool-season vegetables on Saturday, July 20, 1-3 p.m. at the UC Master Gardeners' Sunnyvale Demonstration Garden. Learn which veggies grow well in the cool season and how to cultivate them in pots and planters. Participants will plant lettuce or peas in a small container to take home. The Sunnyvale Teaching and Demonstration Garden is located at 433 Charles St., Sunnyvale. For more information, call 408-282-3105.

ORCHID JUDGING ... Come admire beautiful blooms at an orchid judging event on Saturday, July 20, 9 a.m. to noon at Filoli. Earlier this year, Filoli became a regional site of the American Orchid Society's Pacific Central Judging Center and now holds monthly judgings and other educational events. Not only can you enjoy the flowers on display, you also can learn about orchid care and if you wish, bring your own orchids for judging. Free with purchase of Filoli admission ($22 adults; $18 seniors/$15 students, teachers and military; $11 children). Filoli is located at 86 Cañada Road, Woodside. For questions about judging, visit

LAUNDRY TO LANDSCAPE ... The word "greywater" sounds a bit murky, but this wastewater from the bath, sink, washing machine and other appliances can be repurposed to water your yard. Learn how to install a simple "laundry-to-landscape" greywater system at a free workshop on Thursday, July 25, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Mitchell Park Library in Palo Alto. Deva Luna, a Bay Friendly-certified landscape designer from EarthCare Landscaping, leads this free workshop. The Mitchell Park Library is located at 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. For more information, call the library at 650-329-2436.

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