A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including how to prepare your Christmas tree for curbside pickup and a workshop that will you help you plan ahead for spring in your garden.
CURBSIDE TREE COLLECTION … GreenWaste of Palo Alto will be collecting holiday trees curbside for the four weeks following Christmas Day (Dec. 25). Cut trees in 4-foot lengths and remove tree stands, all decorations, including tinsel, and any nails. Place trees next to the green compost cart. Flocked trees are not accepted. For more information, contact GreenWaste of Palo Alto at 650-493-4894; apartment and condominium managers are encouraged to call for information regarding tree collection locations for their complexes. You can also visit cityofpaloalto.org to get more details.
SPRING GARDEN PLANNING … Though it’s true that the winter solstice was just a couple weeks ago, it’s not too early to start thinking ahead for springtime in your garden. Start planning for your spring garden at a workshop led by gardening experts on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Menlo Park Library. This workshop will cover preparing the soil, the best times for planting seeds and seedlings and site selection (choosing the right spots for plants based on factors such as drainage and exposure to sunlight). The library is located at 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. For more information, call 650-330-2501 or visit menlopark.org/Calendar.
SEWING WITH FABMO … Start out the new year with a new craft. Volunteers from FabMo, a local nonprofit that rescues and repurposes discontinued designer fabrics, will lead this workshop on Monday, Jan. 6, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Mountain View Public Library. Learn to stitch a project using FabMo’s repurposed fabric. All supplies are provided and the workshop is open to beginners. For ages 18 and up. The library is located at 585 Franklin St., Mountain View. For more information, call 650-903-6337 or visit mountainview.gov/depts/library/.