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INSIDE: N Classified Marketplace, page 59 N Puzzles, page 60 ORCHID CARE ... Mark Pendleton will teach a class on “Orchid Care: Cymbidiumsâ€? on Saturday, July 24, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Filoli, 86 CaĂąada Road, Woodside. The class will cover care, pests and diseases, fertilizers and planting mixes, as well as repotting techniques. Cost is $45 for nonmembers, $35 for members. Information: 650364-8300 or BAY-FRIENDLY BASICS ... Brian Debasitis will offer a “BayFriendly Basicsâ€? workshop on Saturday, July 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The workshop focuses on design, maintenance and helpful hints at the nursery. The $20 fee includes a Bay-Friendly Gardening book. Information: Pre-register with the Santa Clara County Home Composting Program at www. or call 408918-4640. RESTORE HABITAT ... On the second and fourth Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., volunteers work with Acterra to restore habitat at the Pearson-Arastradero Preserve (1530 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto) and local creeks. Gloves, tools, snacks and training are provided. Tasks include removing invasive plants, collecting seeds, spreading mulch and planting native grasses. Wear long sleeves and long pants and bring a hat and reusable water bottle. Information: N Send notices of news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening to Home Front, Palo Alto Weekly, P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302, or e-mail Deadline is Thursday at 5 p.m. s TOUGH SPOTS ... Master Gardener Roberta Barnes will talk about “Plants for Tough Spotsâ€? on Tuesday, July 27, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. The free talk will include dealing with shade, soil challenges and watering issues. Participants are encouraged to bring questions about tough spots in their gardens. Information: Master Gardeners at 408282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or sssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT Home Front Al so on lin E M 50 HO GE EN PA OP DE, I GU HOME & REAL ESTATE PA L O A LT O W E E K LY e at w w w .P al o Al to On lin e. co m by Ryan Deto photographs by Veronica Weber I n Nancy Lewis’ backyard, wrapped around an old tree, a gazebo is suspended 10 feet off the ground. From up here Lewis gets a panorama of her edible garden: To the south, orb-like onion flowers jut out of the plant bed next to the plum tree. To the west lies her strawberry patch surrounded by mesh fencing that deters her dig-happy dog. Just a couple of feet west of the strawberry patch, half a dozen heads of lettuce rest under shade-netting, keeping the greens from drying out. Lewis eats lettuce from this patch every day. Lewis’ garden will be one of 10 edible gardens featured during the Fourth Annual Edible Landscaping Tour put on by Common Ground Organic Garden Supply and Education Center. Palo Altans will have the opportunity to view residents’ plant patches and get ideas and advice on how to grow their own edible gardens during the tour. Common Ground store manager Patricia Becker said the tour is only possible because of the enthusiasm of residents like Lewis. “People who come into Common Ground are excited about edible gardens and they want to share them with people,â€? Becker said. “And then people come in who are just beginning and they like to see what other people are doing.â€? Nancy Lewis started her garden just over a year ago after marrying her husband Patrick. If having an edible garden wasn’t green enough, Lewis has also implemented many eco-friendly techniques: a spinning compost barrel, six bar(continued on page 39) Nancy Lewis’ garden, which will be on tour July 24, includes Gravenstein apples (left), plum, tangerine, pear and fig trees, as well as beds of potatoes, melons, herbs (including chocolate mint (far left)) and gourds. Her husband built the greenhouse from salvaged doors and lumber. Edible gardens provide fresh produce and unison with nature *>Â?ÂœĂŠÂ?ĂŒÂœĂŠ7iiÂŽÂ?ÞÊUĂŠĂ•Â?ÞÊÓÎ]ÊÓä£äÊU Page 37

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