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August 3, 2013 |
SAN JOSE - Dario Lerma peered over a front fence in his neighborhood at verdant garden beds bursting with tomatoes, squash and sunflowers. The retired Santa Clara County worker has lived in this pocket of central San Jose for a quarter of a century. So when San Jose State teamed with the city to offer residents a hand in improving the onetime gang haven, Lerma was on board. Since 2005, thousands of students have added their intellectual and physical muscle to the city's resources - improving life in a cluster of predominantly immigrant neighborhoods while nurturing community leaders.
September 6, 2013 |
By now, you may be familiar with Central Coast volunteer vacations. You volunteer to go on vacation? Well, yes. As part of your trip, each day you will spend a few hours volunteering your time on various state park projects. Tasks include collecting seeds of endangered plants and removal of invasive vegetation, even caring for the remarkable gardens of Hearst Castle . The volunteer vacations blend this work with recreational outings along the majestic Central Coast, such as nature walks and kayaking.
October 11, 2013 |
More than 100 miles from Hollywood, the Hollister Ranch garden of James and Suzy Amis Cameron is transitioning to fall. Garden consultant Paul Hudak is pulling out 300 tomato plants and some squash and putting in long rows of lettuce, kale and quinoa. Walking the field, he pauses repeatedly, his pocket knife at the ready to cut into Adirondack blue potatoes, Moon and Star watermelons and kohlrabi. Later, in the greenhouse, he shares a Trinidad Moruga Scorpion, believed to be the hottest pepper in the world.
HOME & GARDEN
January 9, 2010
Inventor Jim Pohlman worked in the water supply industry for four decades, drilling wells, building fountains and installing irrigation pumps. He saw water being misused continually, often running off hardscapes and into storm drains. It made him wonder: How can we reduce the waste? One source for potential savings was in plain sight: the condensation from outdoor air-conditioning units. The water vapor produced by residential and commercial air conditioners may not be potable, but it is mineral-free, making it ideal for drip irrigation.
HOME & GARDEN
December 12, 2009 |
Bulbs are the antithesis of an instant landscape, yet many gardeners will wait months for brown, desiccated nubbins to flaunt their foliage, raise their buds to the sun and finally burst into bloom. Fall is the time to plant bulbs, though you'd never know it by visiting Southern California nurseries. Stores should have baskets of bulbs, but gardeners instead often find themselves turning to catalogs and websites, particularly if the search is for miniature narcissus. These peewee daffodils, most of which hail from southwestern Europe and northwestern Africa, often fare well in Southern California gardens.