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moves the middlemen and handling services that drive prices up. On the property, you have the option of walking around, driving through or receiving home delivery. As a San Diego staple for more than 30 years you can be assured that Evergreen’s plants are grown with San Diego gardens in mind. Buying direct from the grower has never been easier and you are sure to save on quality products. If you are looking to shop at a wholesale grower with wholesale pricing check out the best Southern California nursery today. Prepare for your visit by perusing the website to

see some of our in-season plants, review their blogs (you can learn a lot!) or take a look at the nursery’s extensive maps for each location. When you finally come, you’re sure to shop longer than you think you will, so don’t forget to bring your wide-brimmed garden hat and plenty of room in your car for your selections! Bring the kids and the dogs, we’ll be waiting for you here at Evergreen Nursery. For locations and hours visit www.evergreennursery. com. Please like and follow their Facebook page at www.facebook.com / EvergreenNursery01.

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Growing herbs in cooler weather The end of summer doesn’t have to mean the end of your gardening enjoyment, even if you don’t have the time or climate for a full plot of food plants. Herbs are perfect fall crops; they are prolific growers, can satisfy your desire for fresh, garden-grown greens and are one of the easiest ways to elevate your recipes from so-so to so good! Plus, they’re ready to harvest and growing your own will make a dent in your grocery bill.

Getting started

Multiple factors will influence your choice of herbs, including fall temperatures, where you live and your taste in seasonings. If you decide to plant outdoors, it’s important to know when to expect the first hard frost. You can find the estimated first frost date in your area by checking out the online frost map at bonnieplants.com (search ‘frost map’).

You’ll want to choose herbs that like cooler weather, such as parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, mint, chives, lavender and oregano. They’re all prolific producers and some, like mint and rosemary, are especially easy to grow.

Pick a place

You may envision pots full of leafy, green herbs sitting on a sunny windowsill, while colorful autumn leaves fall outside. However, windowsills aren’t always a best bet for indoor herbs, especially if your windows are drafty or the herbs brush the cold glass. Herbs need at least four to six hours of natural light per day to grow indoors, so choose a sunny spot near a window where they’ll be protected from drafts and cold. South- and southwest-facing windows will give you the most natural light throughout the day. Windows facing north won’t provide enough sunlight.

Pick the right pots

If you really love rosemary, you may be tempted to try to plant the largest sized pot appropriate for your kitchen, but stick with manageable sized pots that will fit better indoors, allow you to keep your herbs more organized, and still produce plenty of yield. Be sure to choose pots that have good drainage and always use a premium potting mix.

Caring for container herbs

Any type of plant growing in a pot needs water, and herbs are no exception. You’ll need to keep a close eye on your herb plants’ watering needs. Remember, dry topsoil is not an indication plants need water. A quick and easy test is to stick your finger, or a pencil, into the soil right where the stem enters the soil. If the soil is moist at 1.5 to 2 inches deep, do not water. If dry, it’s time to water!

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Always water in the morning, at soil level and avoid watering the leaves, as bacteria can breed in cool, wet, damp and dark conditions, like night time. Fertilize your food plants. Water is an obvious must, but irrigation can wash nutrients out of the soil. Plus, some potting mixes only have a shortterm supply of fertilizer while others are slow-release. Read the label on your premium potting soil mix and follow the brand’s recommendations for fertilizing frequency. Timed-release granular fertilizer or a plant food you mix with water will help keep herbs nourished. Remember food plants are hungry!

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Although basil is the most popular herb, it can sometimes struggle growing indoors. Start off growing it outdoors on a sunny deck. Be sure to continually pinch-off the prolific leaf growth, which encourages more growth and harvest, until the weather turns cool, then bring the pot indoors. Harvested leaves can be continually dried, although freezing does a better job of preserving the herb’s flavor. Tip: Try using old ice-cube trays, inserting basil leaves in cells and filling with water and freezing. When weather gets cold, you can easily pop your “basil ice-cubes” in recipes throughout the cold weather season. Basil is also tasty in some drinks, like lemonade and tea. While clipping sprigs when cooking is a great way to harness the freshness of any herb, you can also store them and they’ll maintain their flavor. Preserving by drying and freezing aren’t your only options; try adding herbs as seasoning to cooking oils.

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Botanic Garden’s mission: To inspire people to connect with nature By Julian Duval

I am one of those very fortunate people who always knew what he wanted to do with his life and always had my dream job along the way. It was plants and all of the wonder of nature that set me on that path. I was inspired by nature and I personally know how powerful that is. So I was a believer in the mission of San Diego Botanic Garden: “To inspire people of all ages to connect with plants and nature” long before I became the president/CEO of the San Diego Botanic Garden over 20 years ago. And there are compelling reasons why pursuit of that mission is important. All of us humans on this planet live in an increasingly urbanized world. There are so many wonderful electronic ways to spend our time. But electronic connections that keep us indoors also rob us of some of the best medicine we all need. There is a growing body of scientific research that confirms that time spent in nature is important in sustaining and restoring health. There are physicians wise to this who are writing prescriptions for patients to get out in nature to best deal with ills of the mind and body. So “connecting” with the plants and nature in SDBG can be a healthy alterna-

tive to some of the pharmaceuticals meant to help us cope. But beyond the proven medicinal advantages connecting with nature provide, we will always depend on the natural processes of our earth home for the air, water and food we need to survive. There are no virtual options here. Because I loved nature from an early age I became very concerned about the increasing rate of species headed toward extinction. In more recent years it has become increasingly obvious that we humans are also vulnerable and have had much to do for that vulnerability. We know that the earth in its 4 billion-plus year history has essentially started and then restarted most life on the planet five previous times. Humans would have never survived those upheavals. We depend on the stability of our planet home for our existence. While changes to earth’s environment are inevitable they tend to be very gradual but we are exacerbating the rate of change. Rightfully, today’s children have reason for concern for their future. At the current rate of species loss we are in the sixth major extinction episode on planet earth. This loss of species diversity, let alone the rate of climate change, destabilizes

the earth’s processes. Given the social implications of that for us humans, we could be listed as among the endangered species. It is obvious that we need our planet home more than it needs us. So if we want the earth to continue sustaining life for us humans in the future we need to become better stewards of our planet home now. I believe the work we do in pursuing the mission of the San Diego Botanic Garden gives us hope for that. We have many educational programs that advance our mission but most of the good work we do in inspiring people of all ages to connect with plants and nature occurs with a walk through the garden. For our children visitors we have two children’s gardens where their imaginations can be inspired by the wonder and beauty of nature. This is where love of the living world we share begins and will always be the best start for becoming the future stewards of our planet earth. Some of them will be lucky enough to develop a passion for nature and maybe become the president/ CEO of a botanic garden. Julian Duval is President and CEO of the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. Phyllostachys vivax, in the Bamboo Garden at San Diego Botanic Garden. Photo by Rachel Cobb

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Simple steps can transform a backyard into a bird sanctuary By Julie Gallant

NORTH COUNTY — Food, water and a birdhouse are the essential ingredients to starting up a sanctuary for wild birds at home. For avid gardeners and nature lovers alike there’s also an abundance of low- to high-end possibilities that go way beyond that for attracting birds, butterflies and even bees to a North County backyard. Plants are naturally one of the first things that come to mind when creating a haven for our flying friends. Hassie Kimber, a customer service representative with Green Thumb Nursery in San Marcos, suggests attracting birds with a variety of plants that contain a berry such as Cotoneaster, or for larger gardens, the thorny evergreen shrubs called Pyracanthas. Hummingbirds are drawn to bright flowers, especially red and orange types, and tubular flowers that they can really sink their beaks into such as long and skinny Salvias. For those looking to bring more Monarch butterflies into their garden, Kimber recommends planting Asclepias, commonly known as milkweed, which provide sustenance to caterpillars. “Right now the big craze is the milkweed for butterflies,” says Kimber, who notes the Monarchs can be spotted locally as they migrate to the Mexi-

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can state of Michoacan near Mexico City. “We carry a ton of varieties of milkweed and none of them have been sprayed with anything.” For growers on a budget, Kimber said 4-inch bedding plants or the $2.99 six packs of plants are the way to go. She suggests annuals and perennials, particularly in containers, for small gardens but shrubs and trees in large yards. Some examples of bird- and butterfly-friendly plants to spice up a local garden include passiflora, known as the passion vine, and the achillea, also called yarrow,

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to lure in butterflies. The Mahonia aquifolium, called organ grape, brings in birds and the trumpet vine attracts hummingbirds. A nice water feature such as a ceramic saucer on the low end and birth baths on the upper end also helps attract birds as well as bees. “Bringing in bees is important if you’re growing fruits and vegetables or anything that needs pollination,” she says, noting that bees also like lavender plants and lantanas. “Anything from a Koi pond down to a whiskey barrel or even a bird bath works depend-

ing on how much space you have. A lot of people with a small garden just do a half whiskey barrel with a liner in it.” Before customers go home with their load of new plants, Kimber offers advice about placement of the plants — typically the larger plants are arranged behind the shorter plants, for example — and she offers tips about watering schedules, fertilization, mulching during certain times of year and recommends products to take care of insect infestations or fungus issues. She says the “Sunset Western Garden Book” is a handy resource for anyone interested in obtaining lists of plants in their Latin and common names that are particularly attractive to birds, bees and hummingbirds. At the California Backyard Birds store in Encinitas, which sells bird feed and supplies for mostly outdoor birds, co-owner Mark Hocking says setting up a bird sanctuary in a natural environment has its advantages such as no cages to clean, no medicines to administer and no vet bills to pay. “You get more variety of birds in your yard than you would in an aviary,” he says. “In a natural environment there’s not a lot of work involved.” Hocking says customers on a budget can set up a bird-friendly environment in their yard for as little as $70 to $75. He suggests incorporating a hanging bird bath for $20 to $40 or a standing bird bath for $45 and up; a bird feeder for as low as $15; and bird seed that sells for about $4 to $8 for a 5-pound bag. Inexpensive accents to incorporate include putting a smooth stone such as a beach rock in a bird bath to help the birds wade in the water since their depth perception is not very good. Plus, Hocking says birds just love to stand on the rocks and splash around. He says bird houses are great during nesting season, mainly in the spring, but they should be hung at least 5 feet or higher and

not too close to food and water, otherwise predators like crows and scrub jays could spy the baby birds. Hocking notes that bluebird houses are practical because they attract wrens and bluebirds, whereas a wren house would only be used by wrens. Guidelines for hummingbird feeders is to clean them at least once a week, or twice a week in hot weather, to avoid fermentation. If the birds get fermented sugar water on their beaks it can cause a growth on the beak that could possibly kill them, he said. His advice for the bird feeders is to use a tube feeder because birds recognize that more than other types of feeders. Hocking says 100 percent birdseed without corn or other fillers is best because they won’t attract rodents or other pests. He suggests waiting two or three days before filling up an empty bird feeder to encourage birds to forage on the ground for the leftovers, cleaning up any mess that would otherwise attract the rodents.

“That’s really bad for them,” she says. “They’ll eat it because they’re hungry but it’s not good for them. If you’re not going to give them nutritious food, don’t give them anything at all.” Some of the best times of day for backyard bird-watching at the feeders are the early morning and early evening, Slemmer says. The main reason, she explains, is birds lose weight at night, sometimes shedding as much as 20 percent of their body fat on winter nights, and they need to store up energy by eating before and after nighttime. September and October are prime viewing times because a lot of birds can be seen locally as they migrate to Mexico and South America. She adds that six species of hummingbirds can be seen in the local region this time of year, including the year-round Anna’s and Allen’s hummingbirds. During September, the white-crowned sparrows arrive locally and the hooded orioles migrate south.

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Saltwater swimming pools gaining in popularity in U.S. It was supposed to be a community swimming pool, but many people stayed away because they couldn't tolerate the biting, nose-curdling odor of chlorine. Others experienced breathing and skin problems. So the Evergreen Commons senior center in Holland, Michigan, converted its 65,000-gallon chlorine pool into a saltwater pool. People who had stayed away are now coming back, getting exercise and therapy, while socializing with others. The senior center is hardly alone. Across the country, traditional chlorine pools are being converted into saltwater pools, some-

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eyes, nose and hair. Saltwater pools have approximately one-tenth the salinity of ocean water and about one-third the salinity of human tears, with no unpleasant chlorine smell. * A more environmentally friendly approach. Routine pool maintenance doesn't involve the handling and storage of manufactured chlorine and lessens the need for other potentially hazardous chemicals. How do they work? Saltwater pools use a generator to convert the salt into mild chlorine that keeps the pool free of harmful bacteria. This chlorine is added to the water at a constant

rate, displacing the bad smell and burning irritation we normally associate with chlorine and maintaining the right amount. Once the chlorine sanitizes the pool it converts back to salt. The process continues, over and over again, conserving the salt and keeping sanitizer levels balanced. The technology for a saltwater pool was first developed in Australia in the 1960s and today more than 80 percent of all pools Down Under use this system. In the United States, saltwater pools first began to see use in the 1980s and have grown exponentially in popularity. According to data published in Pool & Spa News, to-

day there are more than 1.4 million saltwater pools in operation nationwide and an estimated 75 percent of all new in-ground pools are saltwater, compared with only 15 percent in 2002. The other good news for homeowners and pool managers is that pool salt is far cheaper than traditional chlorine. This is a big reason why so many hotels and water parks in the United States have already made the switch. The initial construction and installation of an electrolytic converter is very small and easily made up in maintenance savings. Even converting an existing chlorine pool to saltwater pool can pay off quickly.

Bringing sustainability to your home as easy as ABC With 67 percent of consumers from across the globe preferring products from sustainable sources, according to a recent Nielsen survey, creating a more sustainable home is the new normal. From buying down and feather products to repairing leaky pipes, making your home more sustainable is as easy as the ABCs. Here are three small ways you can make a big difference (and spare your wallet) when it comes to the sustainability of our world:

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Do a home energy audit by checking your windows and doors for air leakage, and by checking your pipes — faucets, toilet flappers and valves - for any leaks. Air leakage from windows and doors can impact your home's energy use. The United States Department of Energy claims sealing uncontrolled air leaks will save you 10 to 20 percent on your heating and cooling bills. Check your home for drafty windows and doors

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leaking 10,000 gallons of water per year. These types of leaks are often easy to fix, which can save homeowners about 10 percent on their water bills.

B is for Bedding Changing your bedding to down and feather can help reduce your heating bill. Down and feather pillows, comforters, duvets and mattress toppers provide superior warmth, which in turn let you lower the thermostat. You can save as much as 10 percent on your heating bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, by lowering the thermostat by 10 to 15 degrees while you sleep. Better yet, down and feathers are a natural byproduct of the food industry. So recycling them into warm comforters means the down and feathers do not end up in our global landfills. Since down and feathers are a natural fill material, they have a lower carbon footprint than products made from synthetic fill materials. They are biodegradable and can be composted along with your food scraps or yard trimmings. Not to mention down and feather products are long-lasting with a lightweight feel, so you don't have to replace them as often. For more information about the sustainable benefits of down and feather

products, visit the American Down and Feather Council website at www. DownandFeatherCouncil. com.

C is for Compost Composting is the practice of recycling decomposed organic material waste with manure to turn it into rich soil. By composting in your own backyard, nutrients are restored into the ground and less waste ends up in landfills, waterways and water treatment facilities. What's more: landfills cause organic waste to generate greenhouse gasses, so methane emissions are greatly reduced when waste is composted. This practice can also help you save money, since it allows you to purchase fewer soil conditioners and bagged manures for your property. By using down and feather, a byproduct of the food industry, along with creating your own compost by using vegetable scraps, you can make composting a core part of your lifestyle. These simple steps make it easy to reduce the carbon footprint of your home, and contribute to the overall sustainability of our Earth. By following the ABCs and making these small changes in your everyday life, not only will you be doing something good for our planet, you'll be helping out your wallet as well!


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Fabulous fix-ups for decks cessories and furnishings is a simple and cost-effective solution. MidwestLiving.com says, “Focusing on one or two colors adds a unifying feel to your décor. Punchy blue and green furnishings brighten the deck while not distracting from the view.” You can even swap out fabrics, accent pillows and cushions as the seasons change to keep your outdoor room looking fresh all year long. If you're increasing the size of your deck, consider choosing decking in a color that complements your home. It will help ease the visual transition from indoors to out and create a beautiful base for planters and deck furnishings. If you are lookRefresh your color palette ing to make a statement, consider varying the color of deck boards, inserting feaOne of the easiest ways to transform ture strips or using contrasting railings to a ho-hum deck into a stylish oasis is an up- frame your outdoor room. dated color palette. Trellises, lattices and vertical gardens can screen an exposed view and freshen up your outdoor space. TURN TO DECKS ON B12 Stock photo Refreshing the look of outdoor acAre you tired of having a deck you're no longer proud to show off? You're not alone. According to the 2017 U.S. Houzz Landscape Trends Study, one of the top reasons motivating homeowners to tackle outdoor projects like deck upgrades is their open-air space is past its prime. If you're like surveyed respondents and ready to return your fixer-upper to its former glory, the process may seem daunting. Fortunately, a little inspiration is all you need to transform your deck into a backyard beauty. With these fabulous fixups, your deck will be re-energized in no time.

5 home maintenance projects to tackle this fall Fall is the perfect time to complete those pesky home maintenance projects left on your to do list. If you’ve been putting off these chores, you’re not alone, but it could cost you. In fact, a national survey from Erie Insurance shows many Americans are putting themselves and their homes at financial risk by delaying important home maintenance tasks. Make sure you’re protected by focusing on these five areas:

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Twenty-three percent of homeowners admit they never inspect their roof or have it inspected unless there is a problem, according to the Erie Insurance survey. Unfortunately, replacing a roof is also one of the biggest expenses a homeowner may have if not maintained properly. Nationally, the average homeowner spends about $6,600 to install a new roof, but prices can soar upwards of $20,000. Don’t be stuck with a hefty roof repair bill. Have it inspected to see if any shingles are damaged and need to be replaced. The fall season is the optimal time to do so, since roofing is best installed when temperatures are cooler. Plus, you’ll catch any problems before winter weather kicks in.

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Erie Insurance found nearly half (46 percent) of people who own a home with a fireplace never have their chimneys cleaned. However, uncleaned chimneys are a leading cause of structure fires, reports the National Fire Protection Association. So, get the chimney cleaned before the cold weather hits and you find yourself tossing logs in the hearth to keep the house toasty, and then have it cleaned annually.

Make sure downspouts drain away from the foundation and are clear of debris. Clogged gutters can lead to major issues like uneven floors, cracks in walls and interior water damage. This type of claim, also known as seepage, is a maintenance issue and often not covered under your home insurance policy. To prevent any major issues, clean gutters at least twice a year in fall and spring.

Does it take you two to three cycles to dry a load of laundry? If so, you may need to clean your dryer vent. One in five (21 percent) admit they never clean their clothes dryer ducts, unless they have a problem. But lint build-up can catch fire easily. Over 15,000 dryer fires occurred nationwide from 2010-2014, with the majority being ignited by dust, fiber and lint, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Avoid this disaster with a thorough cleaning at least once a year.

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Sump pumps remove excess water from homes that would otherwise cause property damage. It’s important to clean a sump pump and its pit annually to keep basements dry and help prevent mold growth and water damage. Do this maintenance project in fall to help protect against heavy rainfalls and accumulated melting snow and ice of winter. Now that you have your checklist, it’s time to roll up your sleeves while it’s still nice outside. Whether you’re a DIYer or prefer hiring a professional, crossing these projects off your to-do list will help ensure you’re safe and secure before temperatures drop. Courtesy of Standpoint


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Local tech company changing the way you watch TV COAST CITIES — Frustration tends to run high when it comes to dealing with TV and satellite service providers. As a home user or a small business, you are likely often feeling ignored, irrelevant or unheard. Add to that the feeling as if your back is against a wall, as you only have the major conglomerates to choose from if you want the best technology. Locked into a contract with a provider, with a bill up to $200 a month or more, can make you feel as if you’re being taken advantage of. Robert “Blacky” Black has made it his mission the last 15 years to alleviate all of these issues for his customers. Black is president and

CEO of TeQ I.Q. “We are going to change your TV experience,” he said. A San Diego resident of 18plus years, he has more than two decades in the business. He genuinely believes that every customer is important and deserves the best support and the best technology. “We want to give support nobody else gives to small businesses and home users,” he said. “Small businesses are often overlooked by big business. The elderly are often taken advantage of. Our mantra here is to keep you productive and protected.”

What TeQ I.Q. offers the news, check your email, pay your bills, Skype with is different than anything your friends — anything else available. With just a you want.” It works using receiver, your TV can beany internet connection come your complete home and utilizes a simple and or office entertainment exclusive tile and guidecenter. “Your TV can based format which makes now do everything you for an easy and fun way can do on your computto watch TV and use your er and more,” Black smartphone and tablet. “With our app, you can watch nearly any TV show or movie from the beginning of time to the present,” Black said. “We built our service on the KODI platform, allowing you to watch everything commercial-free. said. “You can watch TV, movies, surf the web, read It’s all there. You have premi-

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“Ultimately it is our goal to take away our customers’ frustration,” Black said. “We don’t want you to feel alone in what can be a treacherous forum.” To that end, TeQ I.Q. offers live 24/7 support to its customers. Free installation and free training are also included and Black offers his customers a risk-free 30-day trial so he can show them just how much he stands behind TeQ I.Q.’s technology and service. “We take things that are out there, and make them better and easier to use,” Black said. True to TeQ I.Q.’s mission of being completely accessible, Black welcomes inquiries and offers free demos at the TeQ I.Q. office or in your home. He wants his customers to know and understand exactly what they are getting, and be there for them every step of the way. “We are a transparent company. We don’t shy away from any questions. We want all of our users to feel supported while getting the best and most comprehensive service possible.” For more information about TeQ I.Q. and to schedule a free consultation, visit www. teqiq.com or call (760) 7902200.

Creating big luxury in a small master bathroom Enlarging a small master bathroom is often impractical; you may need to take space from another room, or extend an exterior wall to accomplish an expansion. Both options have disadvantages and costs. The truth is, you don't need to move walls or spend like a home improvement show host in order to create big luxury in a small master bathroom. Here are five ways to make a small bathroom space feel lavish and spa-like: • Rethink the shower stall versus tub debate. Many large luxury bathrooms have a separate shower and soaking tub. In a small bathroom, which may be used by multiple members and generations of a household, creating an upscale feeling by separating the tub from the shower might not be a realistic option. Instead, look for ways to boost the appeal of your tub/shower space, perhaps by choosing a visually appealing, bright-white model for an updated, yet classic, style. • Step up your shower game. The shower isn't just where you get clean; it's also a morning wake-up tool or end-of-day relaxation therapy treatment. Deluxe showers often feature multiple jets, rainfall showerheads and hand showers. Replacing an ordinary showerhead with a shower system is a cost-effective and easy way to add a luxurious experience to the shower. • Splurge on luxury materials. Yes, materials like travertine tile or granite countertops can be costly, but when you're renovating

a small bathroom, you need less of those materials. Adding marble tile above a small tub/shower area will cost far less than outfitting a large walk-in shower. Replacing a modestly sized vanity with a new cabinet and granite countertop won't be nearly as expensive as redoing a large, double-sink vanity. • Add pizzazz to functional elements. You can increase a small bathroom's feeling of extravagance by adding some flare to functional items like faucets, mirrors and cabinet hardware. For a modest investment, you can turn everyday, often-overlooked elements into items that underscore the overall beauty of the room. Replacing a typical bathroom medicine cabinet or mirror with a luxury model is another way to elevate a small bathroom to premium status. Today's medicine cabinets come with an array of leading-edge features, such as defogging functions, builtin electrical outlets, night lights, USB outlets, interior lights and set-in magnifying mirrors. • Lighten up the space. Finally, adding more natural light into a small master bathroom can make the space seem larger and more appealing. If your small bathroom already has a window, forgo blinds or shades in favor of easy-toapply privacy film. Readily available in home improvement stores or online, in a breadth of simple or fancy patterns, this opaque film allows light to enter the room while providing the necessary privacy.


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Breathe new life into outdated furniture OCEANSIDE — Furnishing your home can be an expensive proposition, and finding the perfect furniture can be exhausting. The process can be a little less painful for your wallet and gentler on the environment by repurposing pieces you already own. A timeworn, forgotten item can be easily turned into a custom showpiece. At Eclectic Vintage Design, outdated furniture is re-imagined and transformed. They will custom paint your beloved, but dated, furniture you have collected or inherited and help you fit it into the style of your home. On trend today is repurposing furniture in a variety of ways, looking beyond the item’s current sad state and imagining what it could be. In smaller spaces, there are a variety of ways to be creative with storage solutions, combining function with aesthetics. An old sideboard becomes a bathroom vanity, a vintage chest turns into a coffee table, or Grandma’s dated secretary transforms into a linen closet. Thrift or garage sale finds create a hip bar space or additional seating. The attraction of home furnishings of this kind is the nostalgic feeling of owning a piece of history. Rather than throwing out furniture because it is worn or damaged, it can be a “refind,” one-of-a-kind state-

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REGION — The temperature may not have dropped just yet, but make no mistake, fall is coming. Soon enough, baseball will give way to football, green leaves will turn yellow and red even in many areas of San Diego County and your lawn care routine will take on a whole new set of tasks. Fall lawn care isn't the long marathon of the summer yard season, but it packs plenty of work into a few short months before the winter. You can make this lawn care blitz a little bit easier by applying the following tips.

• A fresh spray clean. A season's worth of wind and rain can leave the sides of your home looking pretty dingy. Fall cleanup is the perfect time to give your home a reset by • Stimulate your lawn. spraying down your siding, While your grass may no decks, and patios. longer need its weekly • A hole in the ground mowing in the fall, you can't ignore it until spring. supports future growth. Look for brown, tan or Fall is arguably the best white patches on your time of year to aerate lawn, as this can be a sign your yard, allowing water, of mold growth. Apply a oxygen and fertilizer to lawn fungicide to halt this more easily reach the root growth and an organic fer- structure of your grass. tilizer to stop its spread Self-propelled aerators are and support future root relatively inexpensive, and you can also rent one if you growth. plan to make this a once-a• Blow those leaves year chore. Whatever you decide, away. Raking leaves can be a Herculean task, so tackling this chore now simplify the process by will allow your lawn to investing in a lithium-ion grow back thicker and fuller next year when it will blower. be time to start thinking • Seed and sod. If you about spring lawn care do notice patches of dead once again.

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ment piece with character and warmth. Eclectic carries furniture paints, finishes and supplies to help the do-ityourselfer breathe new life into their projects. They stock the Country Chic Paint line of products, which are certified by two independent labs to be lowto no-VOC, environmentally safe products, and have recently been certified safe for use on toys. Classes are available to learn furniture painting basics, as well as more unique

finishes. Painting parties are offered on demand. The paint may be used on a variety of surfaces with little or no prep or sanding, including wood, laminate, metal, glass, fabric and tile. The store also offers a wide variety of furnishings in its 4,500-square-foot facility at 3320 Mission, Oceanside. From antique, vintage and gently used furniture, lamps and art, to gift ideas, new home decor, handcrafted jewelry, bath and body products, the shopper will find a unique

grass in your yard — a common occurrence if fallen leaves have not been blown away — don't wait until spring to address the issue. Over-seeding the area can rectify the problem if the spaces are small. If your lawn has significant portions that have died, it may be time to look into sodding options instead for more comprehensive coverage.

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Sullivan Solar installs 1st certified LG Chem battery in continental U.S. CARLSBAD — The first LG Chem residential energy storage unit in the continental United States went live in Carlsbad. Installed by Sullivan Solar Power, this milestone is a big step toward grid independence for Americans. “This is solar power of the future, today,” said Daniel Sullivan, founder and president of Sullivan Solar Power. “We’re trying to move away from fossil fuels, and we now have the technology to make homes invisible to the grid, power your car and business and it’s less expensive than sticking with the dirty utility company.” The LG Chem battery installed at the Keefe residence is a 10kWh, lithium-ion battery, and is the same battery used in more than 700,000 electric vehicles on the roads today. “I ran out of reasons not to go solar, and the battery technology now makes sense,” said Bob Keefe, the executive director of a national organization which advocates for smart policies that are good for the economy and the environment. The actual installation of the Keefes’ battery took a couple of hours and was concurrent with their solar power installation. Sullivan Solar Power’s superintendent, Peter Chiang, completed the installation. Chiang scored a 100 percent on the LG Chem written certification test. “The battery that was just installed at my house is the same battery in electric vehicles and similar to the batteries the military relies on to move our troops in dangerous parts of the world,” said Keefe. “If

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Landscape your deck-escape

To create a deck-escape that draws guests in, integrate landscaping into your design. Start small by lining your deck with planters, curving flowerbeds and grasses. A punchy mix of seasonal annuals and perennials will help encourage visitors to explore your outdoor living space. Or, go a step further and use today’s versatile, moisture-resistant composite decking products to turn your deck into an extension of your garden. With proper installation, the boards can easily curve around trees or flower beds to blend your deck into its natural surroundings.

Provide pretty privacy There’s no reason to give up style and comfort on your deck just because you want privacy, especially if your neighbors are within close quarters. Trellises, lattices and vertical gar-

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these batteries are reliable enough to power a car 70 mph on dark road at night and reliable enough for military, it’s good enough to sit in my garage, capturing and storing the energy created from my solar.” Keefe is an applicant for California’s Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP), which provides preferential rebates for batteries that are paired with solar power systems. It launched April 10 and is a multi-step program where incentives reduce over time. The San Diego Gas & Electric rebate is be-

ing administered by Center for Sustainable Energy, and is in step three of the program. The LG Chem battery and the Panasonic Powerwall are the two most popular batteries in the state of California. Sullivan Solar Power has the most LG Chem reservations in the state, securing just under $600,000 in rebates for customers. To learn more about solar with a battery for your home or business, visit www.sullivansolarpower.com/thefuture or call 1-800-SULLIVAN.

dens can screen an exposed view and freshen up your outdoor room. Nature can also act as a beautiful barrier. Slender evergreens like arborvitae can establish a relaxed sense of privacy and create a soft, lush backdrop. You can even add different shade-providing trees near your deck, creating a secluded space with a more intimate feel.

“Composite decking with a plastic and wood blend throughout the board like ChoiceDek can be ripped, routed and bent to fit nearly any deck design,” says Randy Gottlieb, president of A.E.R.T. “The boards are easier to curve than capped composites and traditional wood planks. They give homeowners a lot more design flexibility at an affordable price point.”

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If your outdoor room is limiting the number of guests you can entertain, a new deck addition may be just the right fix. You’ll gain extra square feet and valuable space for themed outdoor areas. Try bumping your deck out on one side to make a basic square deck more interesting and gain room for an al fresco dining area or a spa-themed deck nook with a hot tub. With the right decking materials, you can even add a meandering garden path deck or curved getaway encircling a water feature.

To give your outdoor room a lasting edge, create on-deck destination areas that go beyond eating and socializing. Love gardening? Build a vertical garden or use extra deck boards to create planter boxes that allow you to pass on your “green thumb” to your children. If you’re a DIYer, use complementary decking to create a corn hole set for birthday parties and gatherings. With a spark of inspiration, the possibilities for reinventing your outdoor space are virtually endless.


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Beachwalk at Madison unveils model home this weekend CARLSBAD — The time has come. The special preview of Beachwalk at Madison’s new model will be available for viewing this weekend. For those who have been waiting, the new model will showcase what living in the Carlsbad Village feels like and the ultimate beach city lifestyle afforded by these new homes. With only six homes available, the builder of the Beachwalk series, Vesta Pacific Development, encourages everyone to come out early to be one of the lucky six new homeowners at this new home community. Located within walking distance of the pristine beach of Carlsbad and dining at the area’s most popular restaurants, residents can explore a diverse array of shopping and recreational opportuni-ties just a short distance away. Saturday is the big day and a quick sell-out is anticipated due to the overwhelming interest noted since the inception of Beachwalk. These luxurious three bedroom/ three bath condominium homes embody all the features that top every buyer’s wish list. Homebuyers are not only purchasing a home, but a fulfilling lifestyle at Beachwalk at Madison. The condominium homes provide spacious and open floorplans with a beautifully appointed gourmet kitchen, master suite retreat with walk-in closet, private decks and private two-car garage. Gourmet kitchens are a work of art with Shaker and European-style cabinetry, quartz countertops with 6-inch backsplash, dual compartment sink, GE stainless steel appliances including a five-burner range, built-in microwave ventilation hood and Energy

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3 local businesses work together to make your design process easy ENCINITAS — Need inspiration for your next home improvement project? Look no further than the Premier Design Destination on Westlake Street just off of 1-5 and Encinitas Boulevard. There you will find a group of like-minded businesses intent on providing a one-stop shopping experience for anyone planning a remodel or designing a new space for their home or business. From flooring and tile to slabs, countertops and cabinets, each business is focused on providing the most elegant and authentic products on the market for homeowners as well as designers and contractors. Their aim is to bring enjoyment and inspiration to your design process, while providing you with the highest levels of customer service. They will work together to streamline your design process and simplify your project. At the bottom of the hill you will see Superior Floors

& Cabinets, in Encinitas since 1978. They focus primarily on top quality carpet and hardwood, with a wide selection of exotic and rustic woods, laminate as well as luxury vinyl plank. They pride themselves on helping customers choose the best option for their lifestyle. Superior has recently added cabinet displays to their showroom and offer a cabinet designer who is available three days a week by appointment. Amazon Stone Boutique is a convenient slab yard specializing in the import of unique colors in natural stones from around the world. Their selection of Granite, Marble, Quartzite, Travertine, Soapstone, Onyx and Limestone is unsurpassed and their knowledge of the materials is extraordinary. They are open to the trade and to homeowners who are making a selection with their designers and/or architects and have many established international connections

and relationships in Brazil, Italy, India and other countries. This enables them to have purchasing power and selection of premium quality slabs. Up the hill to the right, you will see San Diego Marble & Tile. Stop here to find an amazing selection of glass, porcelain, ceramic, natural stone, metal mosaics and decorative tile. They have one of the largest selection of tiles in San Diego and if you don’t find what you are looking for — they can probably find it for you! Their knowledgeable team works with homeowners and designers alike to point you to the right type of tile to fit your style. Whether it’s a simple subway, recycled porcelain tile or exotic designer mosaic backsplash, they can help you create a masterpiece! Stop in to any of the businesses on Westlake Street in Encinitas today and let them help get you started on designing your Remodeling your home? Stop by these home improvement businesses, just off Encinitas Boulevard on the dream space. east side of Westlake.

Downtown meets the beach at ViewPointe in Oceanside An outdoor OCEANSIDE — Making the choice to either live downtown or by the beach is the dilemma most San Diegans face. Now you can have the best of both worlds. The ViewPointe in Oceanside is a collection of 33 two- and three-bedroom townhome-style condominiums and penthouses, all featuring private roof decks with gorgeous views. “It’s downtown meets the beach,” said Jen Trafficanda, the sales and project manager for ViewPointe. “You have action and fun places to walk to. It’s beachy, but not too sleepy.” Each building has four floors and all five of the penthouse homes are already sold. The first res-

idents moved in in February. The walkability factor makes it ideal for just about everyone. “The homes went so fast,” Trafficanda said. “There isn’t anything under $1 million like this if you want to get west of I-5 and west of 101.” The ViewPointe is within a few blocks from both the beach and the pier. Residents can walk to the farmers market, visit the Oceanside Museum of Art, easily access the Coaster and enjoy craft breweries and family-friendly restaurants. All of the homes have open floor plans as well as balconies. The three-bedroom residences have a

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Gardening with your kids is rewarding By John Weil

Thousands of tourists visiting Hawaii are familiar with an iconic six-inch stick in a plastic bag they can buy at most gift shops or even at the airport. The cardboard label at the top of the package says Plumeria. The stick doesn’t look like much. Typically, it is simply an unattractive plain dark avocado green stick, the texture of an alligator that maybe has moisturized once or twice. There are no flowers and no leaves on the stick. When a tourist arrives home to places such as California or even as far away as Japan, they are instructed by a small piece of paper included in the bag to plant the stick in a pot or in the garden.

A plumeria plant at the author’s home. Photo by John Weil

The question on every tourist’s mind, is, I just spent $10.99 for a stick. Will it grow? For many it won’t. The stick is a cutting from the Plumeria plant, a genus of flowering plant in the dogbane family. According to Wikipedia. Org most species are deciduous shrubs or small trees. The species are indigenous to Mexico, Polynesia, Central America and the Caribbean, even as far south as Brazil. In most cases it is grown as a cosmopolitan ornamental in warm regions. It is known by many multi-syllable words, but Frangipani or variations on that theme are the most common. For most buyers it is known as Plumeria and according to Wikipedia.

Org, this is especially so in horticultural circles. On my families’ first of two vacations to the islands we were enticed by the ‘stick.’ My eleven-year old daughter wanted one. She had always wanted to plant a Plumeria and watch it grow. She had visions of pretty white-yellow flowers in our home garden just like it looked in Hawaii. Yet I remembered planting one myself when I was a kid. When we vacationed in Hawaii, I got a stick. Why not? When we vacationed on Cape Cod, I got salt water taffy. At the time, I was about the same age as my daughter. I anxiously planted it in the garden and waited for it to bloom. In no time at all it began thinning at the top. Then it turned black. Soon it shriveled down to the size of a cigar. Eventually it disappeared as if it had never been there in the first place. Years later I planted another one. That one soon looked like a dark piece of driftwood. Several of my friends and even a cousin planted Plumerias stick with the same results. We all had gardens with matching dead sticks and likely, matching black thumbs. Maybe my daughter would demonstrate a green thumb. But it didn’t matter. Being daddy, I wanted to make her happy. If the stick began to die, I would replace it with a new one before she noticed. If it died again I’d sneak in another one. Each one would be taller than the last until, I imagined, in the dead of night and dressed in black I was planting a full Plumeria, flowers and all. Anything for my little girl. When we arrived home from Hawaii my daughter and I planted the stick in a pot. We poured the exact amounts of recommended soil and placed the pot in a sunny location. Then a few months later, we replanted it in the ground. Amazingly, it was still green. Every few weeks my daughter stopped to give the stick encouragement. Within six months tiny leaves began to appear. A lot of time has passed since then. My daughter has married and moved away with her husband. But her Plumeria plant is now over five-feet tall and more than six feet wide. It is the most prominent plant in our garden, prompting comments from neighbors and passersby almost every week. We have handed out cuttings many times. It is also – as many plants can be – a memory of a moment in time when my daughter and I did a little gardening together. We were growing more than a plant back then. Gardening has a way of helping all things grow.

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ABOVE: FireSafe San Diego County signage at the Elfin Forest Fire Station in Escondido, which features a fire-safe demonstration garden and other information for homeowners. TOP RIGHT: Agave attenuate is an attractive, soft agave that does not transmit flame easily. BOTTOM RIGHT: Aloe arborescens’ gel-filled leaves are fire-resistant. When planted in a row, this plant grows into a succulent hedge, creating an effective fire barrier. Photos by Jamie Higgins

Succulents can provide line of defense against fires By Jamie Higgins

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was so dry that even the wood chips on the ground carried fire,” he said. Plants in a defensible space should grow close to the ground, have a low sap or resin content, grow without accumulating dead branches, needles or leaves, be easily maintained and

Additional resources • sdbgarden.org • readyforwildfire.org • firesafesdcounty.org pruned, and drought-tolerant, according to the San Diego County Fire Authority’s website. Common landscape plants such as junipers and Italian cypress are full of oil and shed a lot of embers. Putting a nonflammable mesh in any hole or attic vent will cut down embers from entering attics, recommends Calhoun. He has seen a lot of houses catch fire that way. Online resources and fire-resistive plant lists can be found on CalFire, Escondido Fire Department, and most fire agencies’ websites. Residents can see what fire-resistant landscaping looks like by visiting firesafe demonstration gardens at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas and the Elfin Forest Fire Station in Escondido. Local nurseries are excellent sources for obtain-

ing fire-resistant succulents and can help homeowners with plant selection. Joe Cordova Jr., vice president of Cordova Gardens in Encinitas, recommends planting aloe species due to their plump leaves. “Because of their high moisture content, plants with plumper leaves are more effective,” said Cordova, who has seen the popularity of succulents explode in recent years. “Fifteen years ago, succulents were seen as ugly desert plants,” he said. Now succulents are the most popular type of plant sold at Cordova Gardens. Cordova attributes the rise of succulents to the drought and all the new species and hybrids. “There are tons of colors and textures to choose from,” Cordova said. “The plant looks like it’s in bloom all year because of the color of the foliage.” Succulent gardens are also economical, according to Cordova. “Succulents are the most cost-effective type of landscaping,” Cordova said. “They’re water-efficient and the plants produce pups, which can be easily propagated.” Don Newcomer also suggests planting aloe species, such as kedongensis and arborescens, for creating a fire-resistant hedge. Agave species, as well as Portulacaria afra, commonly known as “elephant food” are also good choices. Most local nurseries also offer landscape design services or can provide referrals to landscape design professionals.


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Model grand opening this month at Horse Creek Ridge FALLBROOK — D.R. Horton is bringing an exciting new collection of family homes to Fallbrook. The 396-acre master-planned community of Horse Creek Ridge will be an amenity-rich residential destination where home is much more than a house. Interested homebuyers will have the opportunity to tour the community’s stylish model homes during the Model Grand Opening event on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 10 am to 6 pm. A diverse array of new homes in seven neighborhoods will offer something for every taste—and budget. The homes will feature innovative designs, energy-saving efficiencies—including ENERGY STAR® certified appliances, LED lighting, and tankless water heaters—and spaces for indoor-out-

The community’s main Recreation Center will offer comfortable gathering places, a swimming pool, dining areas with built-in gas barbecues, kitchen, and an indoor-outdoor fireplace. A second pool area—with restrooms, barbecues and shade trellis—is also planned. A future 8.1-acre Town Center is anticipated to be developed adjacent to the community within a half-mile of most homes, offering an array of shops and restaurants. Also adjacent to Horse Creek Ridge is a proposed 8-plus-acre San Diego County Active Sports Park. The sports complex is anticThe master-planned community will span 396 acres. Courtesy photo ipated to offer active play areas, a laps at the planned Recreation soccer field, picnic and barbecue door living. Residents will be able to play Center, or go horseback riding areas with shade structures, as at the eight planned parks, go hik- along the proposed equestrian well as a baseball diamond with ing and mountain biking, swim trails. sloped-grass seating areas.

The central location of Horse Creek Ridge provides quick access to both I-15 and Highway 76 leading to the region’s employment centers as well as its many diversions in shopping, dining, entertainment and family recreation. For more information and to join the community’s Interest List, visit www.LiveHCR.com. Delivering more than 500,000 homes since 1978, D.R. Horton Inc. has been ranked by Builder Magazine as the No. 1 Builder in America by volume since 2002. Founded in 1978, the company builds in 27 states, providing quality homes ranging from $90,000 to over $1.2 million. Known as America’s Builder, D.R. Horton prides itself on superior craftsmanship, value and customer service.

Survey: Shared housework may be true language of love The key to a better relationship may not be in long walks on the beach or romantic dinners, it may actually be in discovering how your partner values chores. According to recent studies, chores have a direct impact on relationships more than previously thought. For example, a recent survey of 1,000 Americans age 18 and older, commissioned by home appliance leader LG Electronics, found 58 percent believe someone who's good at chores, like folding sheets, is also more likely to be better between the sheets.

Cleaning is caring Would you feel more appreciated when your partner does household chores or buys you a gift? Among Americans with a live-in partner, nearly half (48 percent) would rather receive a free pass from chores for a month than designer jewelry or tickets to a big game (52 percent). To improve your relationship with chores, consider delegating according to your priorities. For example, if one partner hates the sight of dishes in the sink while the other can't stand spots on the bathroom mirror, the sink-minder can load the dishwasher while the spot-hater takes care of wiping up the bathroom vanity. There's no better way to say "I love you" than a sink free of dishes and a spotless mirror.

Sorry with suds Do you prefer to come home to a clean house after a feud rather than to a romantic dinner? Clean dishes, vacuumed floors and folded laundry are preferred over an apology by most Americans. In fact, nearly one in five Americans would rather have a partner do household chores after a fight than apologize. Get help with saying "sorry" from appliances that make cleaning chores easier, like the LG QuadWash(TM) dishwasher. It uses four high-pressure spray arms

instead of the standard two to get dishes clean the first time, without the need to prerinse before placing items in the dishwasher. Plus, this ENERGY STAR-rated dishwasher is Wi-Fi enabled and uses smart technology to improve energy- and water-efficiency. Say sorry and save enough time to still grab flowers on your way home.

Good, clean flirting Have you ever bragged to your partner about cleaning the bathroom or doing the dishes? Women (57 percent) are more likely than men (46 percent) to get turned on when their partner does a chore. Couples should discuss division of housework and establish a plan for who will do what. Don't focus on a 5050 split. Instead, emphasize working together as a team, and looking at chores as teamwork, rather than "your work" and "my work." This can also be a way to spend time together while having some good, clean fun.

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Moon Valley Nurseries: Leading Growers and much more! Big trees can be used to create a private backyard oasis perfect for hosting parties or getting away from it all - without having to leave the comfort of your home. The thing is, most homeowners do not want to wait 20 to 25 years for their trees to grow to a full size with a canopy that provides shade relief as well as privacy. So, the best way to have an instant landscape is to buy big trees. At Moon Valley Nurseries, we take pride in being the world's leading growers of trees of all sizes! Sure, other nurseries may be selling big trees. However, none of those other nurseries can match the quality of our custom-grown and nurtured trees, our superior customer service, and the professionalism of everything we do at our nurseries and grow farms. We do EVERYTHING inhouse - not a single thing is outsourced, we build all our own boxes using the best redwood and the best shavings. We use all the best practices, from growing our trees from our own cuttings from our superior mother plants to using our own proprietary blends of soils and moon juice fertilizer that we know works best for our area. We clone our trees so that they are always going to be better. Doing this ensures that you have a consistent plant every time. For example, you can buy 10 or more trees, and they will all have the same healthy, fresh, and vibrant look you want! Grower, Wholesaler, Retailer – we are a bonafide one-stop nursery dedicated to our customers. After all, our customers are the ones that are keeping us going! In fact, we grow hundreds of thou-

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the garden within an hour of the milkweed being planted. She expects the plants bee garden at the Batiquitos will thrive this winter when Lagoon Foundation Nature the native plants are at their Center in Carlsbad. Serving peak growing season. as an inspiration for gar“It’s going to be really deners and an educational gorgeous,” she said. “It’s goresource for school chil- ing to be really covered with dren and other visitors, the butterflies and bees.” butterfly bee garden ties in Along with enjoying with the ecological reserve’s birds and butterflies in a goal to provide protection garden it’s important to atfor plants and animals and tract the hardworking bees their habitats. that can play a vital role in a Batiquitos Lagoon backyard ecosystem. Foundation board member Candace Vanderhoff, a Liz Paegel said the 16-by- local architect who makes 25-foot butterfly bee garden houses for native bees, was installed a little more said welcoming bees to a than a month garden or orago behind the chard could lagoon’s Nature increase crop Center as a way yield and bioto encourage diversity since people to get 80 percent of outside, and crops need to learn about pol l inat ion. birds, bees and She says the butterflies and native bees, why it’s importwhich generant to protect ally live alone, the dwindling are 60 times numbers of better at polbees. lination than Some of honey bees the young because they plants installed carry pollen in the garden collected from include the plants on their milkweed, the hairy bodies insect-friendand scatter it ly penstemon to other flowwith red and ers. Honey pink flowers bees, which similar to a were brought small snapto America dragon, the by European ceanothus, also settlers in the known as the 1600s, carry California lilac, The “Tower,” above, is a pollen back to that draws bees style of SoloBee native bee the hive. Tomaand butterflies, shelter manufactured in to plants comGrove. The shelter the yarrow and Lemon found provides a safe, clean tun- monly the fuchsia. A nel where solitary bees can in home-based poplar tree was lay their eggs. Photo by Can- gardens are also planted to dace Vanderhoff pollinated only provide shade. by native bees, “It’s actually a beauti- not honey bees, she added. ful walk behind there if you Vanderhoff said the have some friends or kids best ways to encourage bee you want to go with,” Pae- proliferation is to avoid pesgel said, noting that seed ticides by growing organic funding for the garden was fruits and vegetables, proprovided by the Monarch vide a shelter such as the Watch organization, which SoloBee native bee shelters supplied 32 plugs of milk- she makes, and provide weed. Monarch Watch is drinking water by setting concerned with the declin- out a dish or shallow saucer ing numbers of Monarch with water and small stones butterflies due to habitat in it. loss. “Native bees evolved Batiquitos Lagoon Foun- with native plants so they dation board member Don are found all around the Omsted, who also serves world, but with habitat loss on the Leucadia Wastewa- and pesticide use they are ter District board, supplied in decline and suffering,” additional plants including Vanderhoff said. “By going redbud, wild California organic, you can help the grape and cottonwood. bees, birds and butterflies Paegel said the first breathe easy and enjoy your butterflies began arriving at beautiful garden.” CONTINUED FROM B6

DEL MAR — During its three-day extravaganza Sept. 22-24, the 28th annual Fall Home/Garden Show will feature hundreds of products, remodeling inspiration, hands-on demonstrations and educational seminars by professional trade, building and design associations. Produced by Westward Expos, the indoor-outdoor event and its hundreds of exhibitors will showcase the newest products and hottest trends for both inside and outside the home. It’s truly San Diego’s original Home and Garden Show! The show features special pricing and big savings on exhibitors’

products and services. And attendees will have the opportunity to shop multiple project bids from exhibitors face-to-face. It’s one-stop planning and decision-making at its best. In addition to being an extensive home/garden product marketplace, the Fall Home/Garden Show offers several unique fea-

tures this year. Garden lovers will enjoy a Entry Garden area with an enticing variety of plants and ideas by members of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers. APLD also offers “30 for $30” — 30-minute design consultations for only $30 at the show. Bring your photos, plans and problems for instant help. Last year’s program was a sell-out. The Garden Marketplace will have hundreds of varieties of plants on sale direct from local growers, who are also happy to give planting tips and advice. Local nonprofit plant groups will also be on hand.

“Stars of San Diego,” inside the main O’Brien Exhibit Hall, features San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles magazine’s selection of local artists and artisans. Their high-quality body of work will be on display. The show runs Friday, Sept. 22, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 23, 10 a.m.6 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $8; children under 12 are free. Seniors 55+ only $1 on Friday. Military: active, retired, or veteran have free admission with ID.Discount tickets on the website are $6. For more information: 858-350-3738 or www.fallhomegardenshow.com/

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