2018 Fall Home & Garden

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Fall Planting • Pottery • Real Estate Fine Art • DIY Projects • Home Décor Water Smart Plants • Custom Doors Painting • Landscaping • Fine Arts Nurseries • Furniture • Interior Design

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SEPT. 2018

Sustainable, water-wise planting with style By Carey Blakely

Whether you believe we’re on the brink of another drought or that it’s just another beautiful day in Southern California, water conservation remains a priority for many people when it comes to what they plant in their yards. Gov. Jerry Brown lifted the strict drought-emergency measures in April 2017, but Californians didn’t necessarily change their water-conserving ways. For while there are still some restrictions in DROUGHT-FRIENDLY PLANTS such as succulents, manzanita and desert willow provide beautiful, low-water options for place that prevent wasteNorth County gardners. Courtesy photo ful practices — like hosing down a driveway or irrigating within two days of rain — residents still seem inclined to do more to conserve. The restrictions “are designed to encourage water conservation as a continued way of life in San Diego County,” as Andrea Loosen of Andrea Loosen Landscape Design put it. Indeed, many of her clients seem to have embraced sustainability as they continue to choose water-wise, drought-tolerant landscaping. There’s certainly a financial incentive to be green: While the more stringent conservation regulations have fallen by the wayside, people’s water rates have not. Joe Cordova, co-owner of the Encinitas nursery Cordova Gardens, said, “Unfortunately, the water districts have gotten used to the higher rates and don’t appear ready to lower them. With the high cost of water these days, people are being more practical with their plant choices and types of watering methods, like drip irrigation.” California native plants have been a popu• Walk to Beach and Local Hot Spots • Spacious Rooftop Decks lar choice for Cordova’s customers — in part be• Approx. 1,712 to 2,559 Sq. Ft. • Private Community Pool, cause they usually require no additional watering, he Spa, and Fireplace • 3-5 Bedrooms/3.5-4 Baths said. At Cordova Gardens, top native sellers are sage, manzanita and desert willow.


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Succulents continue to be go-to options for drought-tolerant planting. Loosen emailed that succulents “can enhance a garden when used correctly, especially where they will be seen up close, but they are not necessarily going to cover a lot of square footage.” As such, Loosen also suggested planting “a tapestry of low-growing, drought-tolerant spreading plants to cover large areas such as grevilleas, lantana, westringia mundi, junipers and spreading bougainvillea.” Jackie Jesch, co-founder and head of marketing for Waterwise Botanicals in Bonsall, recommended decorating artfully around succulents with river rocks and small grasses, for instance. She also suggested using mounding to create slight elevation changes. Neither Jesch nor Loosen advocated for faux grass. “It’s not necessarily the most eco-friendly solution,” Loosen explained, and Jesch said it’s hot, slippery and retains the scent of pets’ urine. As for getting started with a water-wise garden at home, both women suggested seeking visual inspiration. Collecting images from magazines of plants and garden spaces is a good launching point — as well as wandering around nurseries. Identify what you like, such as colorful flowers that excite or greenery that soothes, Jesch explained. Pots, pathways and fountains are other considerations. Once you have images of what you want, Jesch said you can recreate your dream garden — or hire a landscape designer to do it for you. Whether you go with professional or not, Jesch believes that “you should plant what you love.” She noted, “I would hate to design a yard based solely on whether we’re in a drought or not!”

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Autumn planting tips and ideas to liven up the garden By Adam Bradley

REGION — Autumn officially arrives Sept. 22 are you ready? With the colorful season come falling leaves, heavier clothing, and hopefully, getting your fall garden in order. In Southern California, we are lucky to have mild temps for the most part — give or take a few months — when temps could dip into the freezing zone. But, don’t think about that now. Instead, as you put away your summer toys, bathing suits and other seasonal items, you might want to ponder fall gardening, and what home-grown goodies to plant in time for the holidays. Let’s get some ideas for your fall garden from a few experts.

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According to Cristin LaFromboise, color and foliage buyer, at Armstrong Garden Centers, 2200 E. Route 66, Suite 200, in Glendora, now is the perfect time to get busy with outdoor planting. “Going into the tail end of summer, sometimes the garden starts to look a little tired,” she said. “It is a great time to pop annual color into pots for instant color. Vinca and zinnias are the best choices to stand late summer heat. “In Southern California, you can also put herbs in year-round. Basil, parsley and thyme are popular ones right now.” She said as summer turns to fall, it is wonderful time to plant cooler season veggies such as lettuce, kale, broccoli and cauliflower, which are all edible fall favorites. As for what kinds of bulbs, she suggests homeowners plant spring-flowering bulbs in the fall. Freesia and hyacinth are fragrant, and ranunculus,

HERBS SUCH AS basil, parsley and thyme can be planted year-round in Southern California and brighten up a drab fall garden bed. Courtesy photo

daffodils and iris make great cut flowers, she said. LaFromboise said fall is also the best time to plant trees and shrubs. “With our mild winters, it gives time for plants to develop roots, and acclimate to their surroundings. Also, fall is the time for the best selection of annual color in Pansies and Snapdragons.” Of course, if you want to create a special fall garden that will be easy to maintain, LaFromboise recommends planting perennials now. You can also plant gaillardia, rudbeckia and echinacea, all of which provide vibrant fall color and can come back for multiple years. Additionally, you can never go wrong with succulents especially in SoCal’s mild climate and to con-

serve water. “Succulents are very on trend,” she said. “Not only do they require less water; they are also very easy to care for. The selection improves every year as far as shapes, colors and textures. They can be grown in containers, or in the ground and many also can be grown indoors.” Easy plantings

Over at Anderson's La Costa Nursery, at 400 La Costa Ave., in Encinitas, Nursery Manager Steven Froess said creating summer color in the garden for fall is not as difficult as it may seem. “For some summer color in the garden, there is lots to choose from. Some of my favorites include: pentas (they come in a variety of colors and are great

ECHINACEA IS A PERENNIAL of the Asteraceae family and known for its medicinal properties including enhancing the immune system. Courtesy photo

for hummingbirds and butterflies), tecoma hybrids 'Lydia', 'Bells of fire', and 'Sparky' all bloom almost all summer and love the heat! “There are some great mandevillea hybrids that do great in pots, and look tropical but are more durable with pink, white, and red tubular flowers,” Froess said.

If you want to plant bulbs when the weather cools down a bit, Froess said fall bulbs, usually include: paperwhites and amaryllis, and there are others but those are the main two the nursery usually stocks. Don’t forget veggies and fruits for fall either, he said: “You can save seeds from any of your summer crops; most people do cilan-

tro, peppers, tomatoes, watermelons, pumpkins and squash.” Foress agrees with LaFromboise in that fall is such a great time of the year to plant herbs, but only plant the hardy ones such as thyme, oregano, parsley, cilantro, and chives, because these will survive the colder weather. “Cold tender ones such as basil, tarragon and dill, won't be available and won't do well,” he said. “Cooler season flowers would include: pansies, violas, ornamental kale and cyclamen, to name a few. Shrubs and trees of all types usually survive the best when planted in the fall, due to the cooler temperatures and hopefully rainy winter season that follows before spring.” And like LaFromboise, Froess said succulents are always a good choice regardless of the time of year. “Succulents are definitely in still,” he said. “Not only for their low-water use, but the textures and colors you can create are so endless, they can live indoors and outdoors, some are highly collectible and very low maintenance.” As you sip your pumpkin latte and get ready for the upcoming holiday season, planning (and planting) your fall garden can be a fun, and exciting time that will hopefully yield a great autumn crop.



SEPT. 2018

Simple ways to clean your home without toxic chemicals By Adam Bradley

REGION — If you are into living a sustainable or green lifestyle, you’re not alone especially in Southern California. Many homeowners are more than happy to support Mother Earth, whether it’s forgoing all plastic bags at the grocery store and bringing your own canvas or cleaning the house with all-natural products. And thanks to the many natural and eco-friendly products now available that are safer for the environment, the home and the

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family, it’s easier than ever to stay and keep green. According to Mari Tarantino, owner of Mari Maids based in Encinitas, going green with said eco-friendly cleaners is the better way to go. Tarantino said she practices what she preaches as do her team of maids in terms of green house cleaning — she no longer uses toxic or harmful chemicals.

Comet and the like for cleaning offices and homes. She said doing so has made her, as well as the homes and offices she cleans, safer and much healthier. “My daughter and I had a very bad asthma and every day when I came back from work, I had problems breathing,� she recalled. “I had very bad headaches, so I thought I had to start using things that weren’t so toxic.� During her visit with How it began Tarantino started Mari her doctor, the doctor told Maids in 2009 after she de- her the cleaning products cided to stop using bleach, she was using were indeed very bad for her. “That’s when I changed, and I love it,� she said. “Neither my employees or I have those problems anymore; we don’t have to smell those stinky chemicals.� She said ever since she began a green cleaning routine, she has been feeling better, and her clients are also pleased. “Everyone loves it because it is so much safer for everyone,� she said. These days, Tarantino uses products that are all-natural and safe such as Mrs. Meyer’s and Bona products for floors. “I use those two products only for the entire house,� she said. “My health is way better and I even taught my entire family to change. We are all way healthier, and it’s great for the environment. I totally recommend homeowners make the change especially if they have kids and pets at home.� So, for those homeowners who want to stay healthy and skip the toxic chemicals, but still maintain a clean home, she recommends they start cleaning the green way, right away. “Meyer’s is a very good product that you can find in any market,� she said. “I really like it because the aro-

NON-TOXIC CLEANING ALTERNATIVES include vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice, in additiona to a growing selection of non-toxic cleaning supplies available on the market. Courtesy photo

mas are super gentle, and it works on everything. My other great helper is Dawn soap that can even be used on windows when diluted. I also use it as an antibacterial soap mix; add it to water and you have a cleaning product for everything.� She also likes microfiber cloths instead of paper towels because she can use them repeatedly and wash them versus throwing them away. Tarantino said all these products mentioned work well on bathrooms, kitchens, and cut grease, too. Easy green cleaning tips

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off your sofa and other surfaces that collect stray hair. If you have pets, you’ll be able to pick up their hair fast and easy with this method. Then follow up with the lint roller to pick up crumbs, paper scraps, or other small hard-to-get pieces off chairs, coffee tables and other furnishings. Did you break a glass? It can be hard to pick up all those tiny shards of glass off the hardwood, tile or linoleum floor, but there is a solution. Try balling-up piece of bread. Pressing the bread over the shards will pick up even the smallest slivers off your floor — and keep your bare feet safe. To remove finger prints, smudges or dust-off television and computer screens fast try using a paper coffee filter. These filters can be safely used to pick up dust and grime off your home entertainment system without marring the surfaces and delicate screen. It’s a fast and inexpensive way to clean these items. Lemons go a long way for cleaning. Try using a lemon on your cutting

board to make it smell fresh and clean, especially after dicing onions. Just rub a cut lemon wedge on the board and leave it to sit for about 15 to 20 minutes. Also, try using rice in your coffee grinder to clean it. Just grind a few grains to pick up leftover coffee grinds and oils. Finally, the easiest way to keep things tidy is to spend just five minutes each day picking up after everyone. It’s simple, if you decide to make it a habit. If you can get your whole family in on the act at the same time, you’ll have a cleaner home. Simply spend a few minutes clearing off coffee and end tables, hanging up coats and putting away shoes and throwing things out in the trash. Those five minutes can make a huge difference in the way you feel about your home! Keeping green at home can be a safe, healthy and less costly way than using traditional toxic chemicals. Going green is a way that can be easily accomplished if you set your mind to it!

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SEPT. 2018



Lotus Gallery brings extensive collection of Asian treasures CARLSBAD — Tsajon von Lixfeld is one of the lucky ones. Over the last 40plus years he has been able to combine his passions for world travel, Asian art and gemology with his career culminating in the recently opened Lotus Gallery in Carlsbad. Tsajon and his wife, Kamalia, opened the doors to Lotus Gallery just weeks ago, bringing to North County an impressive collection of oriental carpets, jewelry and Asian artifacts that has been amassed over the last four decades. “Generally the carpets we carry are newly made, but we also do have some antique oriental carpets for sale,” Tsajon said. “Our carpets come from India, Kashmir, Nepal and Tibet. Most of them are wool, but I also sell silk carpets.” One type of carpet that Tsajon specializes in are from Jaipur. “These carpets have a wool body and the design on the carpet is done in silk,” he said. “You get a wonderful three-dimensional feeling to the carpet.” He reflected on his time spent in Kashmir, where traditional knotting of silk carpets is a family affair. “In the winter, families come together to contribute to making these exquisite carpets. Each thread is knotted 900 to 1,000 knots per square inch.” As the collection at Lotus Gallery continues to grow and evolve, Tsajon is offering up to 50 percent discou nts on many of his oriental carpets. As a graduate of the Gemology Institute of America, Tsajon knows a thing or two about jewelry. “I not only make jewelry, but I am a curator of it as well,” he said. The Lotus Gallery has an extensive collection of jewelry, ranging from traditional Asian pieces to diamond, pearl and jade. While it’s near impossible to choose a favorite, Tsajon is particularly excited about one piece. “Right now at Lotus Gallery we are featuring a

A VARIETY OF antique oriental carpets and rugs fill the showroom at Lotus Gallery in Carlsbad. Courtesy photo

56-karat emerald pendant of Indian gold jewelry Tsaset in 18-karat gold and di- jon curated is on display at the GIA World amonds,” he said. Headquarters. The exhibition, “Centuries of Opulence, Jewels of India,” will be on display through the end of September. The German-born Tsajon came to the U.S. in 1952 and “We started his own import also have business in 1970. His travsome strikels took him all over Ining mineral dia, Nepal, Turkey, Iran, specimens. Afghanistan and beyond. Right now He established Jewel there are three of the Lotus in 1975, and quartz crystals, ranging from 18 to 25 inch- his collection reflects all es tall and weighing 50 to of his interests and world 60 pounds.” traveling. Currently a collection “I have artifacts from

as early as the 12th century,” he said. Though all of the pieces at Lotus Gallery were hand-picked by Tsajon, he has a special affinity for one magnificent artifact. “I have a late Ming bronze statue that is approximately 56 inches tall from the late 18th century,” he said. “It is a treasure that I am especially proud of.” Tsajon and Kamalia consider the Lotus Gallery the sum of all their years in the trade. “We are so enthusiastic to have all of our inventory in one place,” Tsajon said. “We hope these creative works of art inspire you.” The Lotus Gallery is located at 5670 El Camino Real, Unit J in The Gateway Center in Carlsbad.

They are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., but Tsajon strongly suggests making an appointment. For more information, call (760) 814-8155 and visit www.jewelofthelotus.com to learn more and view Photos courtesy of Lotus Gallery the inventory online.

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Desert harvest: Growing fruit trees in a tough, arid climate By Jeremy Olin

Here in Southern California, we all love to eat a fresh avocado, drink a glass of sun-ripened orange juice, or harvest a delicious plum from our backyard trees. However, growing fruit trees in an arid climate can

be challenging when taking into consideration the amount of water it takes to produce our favorite varieties of fruit. For instance, a pound of fresh avocados takes 141 gallons of water to produce. A pound of oranges

takes 67 gallons of water to produce. And plums need 261 gallons of water to produce just one pound of fruit. These types of fruit trees provide large, succulent foods when watered well. Healthy fruit trees create sugars in warm seasons,

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employ the basics of saving water in general, such as: green mulching, composting, deep watering, greywater recycling, and Hugelkulture, a composting process employing raised planting beds constructed on top of decaying wood debris and other compostable plant materials designed to improve water retention and improve soil fertility. We can also choose to plant ‘drought thriving’ fruit trees in our gardens that produce more exotic and delicious fruits that are sometimes sweet, but are more on the salty, sour and small side. Some arid climate trees also provide edible flowers, leaves, bark, etc. that make a delicious addition to any salads or side dishes served at your table. Some of the ‘drought thriving’ fruit trees that do well in low-water climates include: Surinam cherry


Drought thriving tree that produce huge amount of fruit with edible seeds and skin. Very healthy. Strong tropical fruit odor near the tree in fruiting season.

Rose apple

Drought thriving, dry, rose flavored fruit about the size of a walnut. Crunches like an apple. Overabundance of fruit each year. The tree can get 40 feet tall almost as wide.


Drought thriving tree that produces beautiful, jicama tasting dry small fruit. Magenta pink fruits burden the limbs and decorate any space. Can be a messy tree.

Ceylon Gooseberry

The drought thriving Dovyalis hebecarpa and caffra trees produce a surplus of very sour fruit. The dense trees have 2-3 inch sharp spines. D. hebecarpa is a cranberry like fruit, sour and red, about the size of a dime. Caffra is like a very sour apricot.

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North County’s hidden gems offer off-the-beaten path décor By Adam Bradley

Nothing could be truer than that old saying: “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” And as we approach the holiday season, you might be thinking about redoing, revamping or remodeling your humble home. But if you’re on a budget, or maybe you’re just not into buying new furnishings and accessories at expensive home stores, there is another answer: resale, vintage markets and do-it-yourself shops. These hidden gems can be wonderful places where homeowners can find just about anything from small knickknacks to entire bedroom sets for a lot less money than traditional stores. Such shops, often found off the beaten path, can offer a wide range of interesting items that one might never find in a traditional store. For example, how about a great cabinet from the 1920s that can be updated, or a beautiful vase that someone decided to get rid of and it landed in one of these shops? Luckily, North County has a few of these special places for unique home décor. So, if you open your mind while strolling through one of these shops, you could very well unearth a treasure that works perfectly in your home.

demand for low-quality, disposable items. And while consignment/vintage sometimes gets a bad rap, Zoutendyk thinks otherwise. “I think some people think that vintage/consignment has a stigma because it seems weird to some people to buy something that's been pre-owned. There is sometimes an emphasis in our society on having the newest, shiniest thing on the market, but I think the popularity will only continue to rise when people realize all the advantages,” she continued. “With the younger generations, it's seen as more environmentally responsible and artistically interesting to buy unique, preowned, high quality items rather than buying common, throw- away, mass-produced things from the big chain stores. It's decidedly cool to shop vintage!” Also, Sea Hive Marketplace gets new items in the store daily because of its wide number of vendors. Every day multiple dealers are on site replenishing their inventory, so you’re sure to find something that SERGIO CONTRERAS AND JEN ZOUTENDYK, Sea Hive Marketplace floor manager and store manager respectively, stand in suits your needs.

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“People are buying lots of wicker and using it for storage, planters, wall décor and furniture,” Zoutendyk said. “Indoor plants, Sea Hive Marketplace vintage rugs and art go well A fun place to start with this look, too. Dusty your hunt for the unusual rose, peach and green are is at the 13,000-square-foot colors that are fashionable Sea Hive Marketplace lonow.” cated at 1555 S. Coast HighShopping at a place way in Oceanside, where all such as Sea Hive is easy also kinds of goodies await those on the wallet, she said: “Oh, willing to put in the time to my goodness, thousands look. can be saved. And it would According to store be far more unique and stylmanager Jen Zoutendyk, ish than a room outfitted by the store is a “multi-vendor a chain store. Many affluent people choose to shop here for this reason alone.” In addition to saving money, it’s also about the sheer adventure of going up and down the aisles searching for a one-of-the-kind piece to claim. Zoutendyk added by shopping at Sea Hive: “You are supporting dozens of local, small businesses. Each of our vendors puts their heart and soul into their work, and we get to see firsthand people working hard to support their passions. Sea Hive specifically is not only run but owned by hardworking local individuals who all come together to bring Oceanside a different shopping experience.” One of the biggest draws of shopping at this gigantic marketplace is because you can literally spend an entire day there. “It is like a treasure hunt, and you never know what sort of gem you'll stumble on, and when you do it’s most often one-of-akind,” Zoutendyk said. “I like to tell people that we sell items that you can't find at the mall, and that makes us an anti-mall. “Additionally, vintage items are almost always AN ECLECTIC MIX vintage clothing, art and decorations at much higher in quality than the items being made Sea Hive Marketplace in Oceanside. Photo via Facebook market place specializing in vintage, antique, handcrafted and hand-curated goods.” “Our store is home to more than 100 different dealers who specialize in a wide variety of items,” she said. “You can find anything from records to antique paintings, fine jewelry, vintage Levi's or a mid-century credenza.” Today, the latest trends for home décor is anything Bohemian because it’s interesting and it's affordable, Zoutendyk said.

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SD Botanic Garden to kickoff annual Fall Plant Sale For 36 years, the San Diego Botanic Garden Fall Plant Sale has served as the largest plant and garden-related items sale in San Diego! The sale wil be held Oct. 20-22 and will feature a wide variety of unique, exotic and unusual plants you won’t find anywhere else, including beautiful water-wise plants to enhance your garden and save on your water bill. All remaining plant stock goes on sale for ½ price. At San Diego Botanic Garden’s Annual Fall Plant Sale, plant lovers can choose from thousands of unique, exotic, unusual and drought-tolerant plants, as well as California natives, herbs, succulents, annuals, perennials and SO much more! Thousands of plants donated by over 100 generous local growers wholesalers, retail nurseries and individuals make the San Diego Botanic Garden’s annual Fall Plant Sale the LARGEST and most DIVERSE plant sales in San Diego County. Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance and beautify your home, office or other open space with plants grown locally at discounted prices. As well as purchase beautiful water-wise and drought tolerant plants that will enhance your garden and save on your water bill! Plant selections include

California natives, cacti, succulents, fruit trees, bromeliads, sub-tropicals and house plants. Many plants available at the sale are propagated at the SD Botanic Garden by horticulturalists, docents and dedicated volunteers. The Fall Plant Sale is one of the Garden’s biggest fundraisers and is organized by more than 150 volunteers who transport, tag, price, groom and organize the plants. Generous plant donations from San Diego County growers, nurseries and wholesalers enable the Garden to offer plants at exceptional prices to attendees of the Fall Plant Sale. The Botanic Attic, filled with new and gently-used garden-related items, a used book sale, and the popular Bakery Shoppe, selling home-made baked goods, jams and jellies, will also available at the Fall Plant Sale. The Fall Plant Sale is held annually in October, the best time of year to begin planting a fall garden in Southern California!


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Zero-waste workshop comes to Vista Gardens By Kelli Kyle

VISTA — On a beautiful Saturday morning at the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens in the hills of Vista, three picnic tables sat covered with black plastic bins and bags of shredded paper. People of all ages diligently soaked the paper in water and squished it into the bottom of their bins. Later, the mixture housed several tiny earthworms that would break down organic food waste in what is known as the vermicomposting method. Vivian Boring, a teacher at Madison Middle School in Vista, left with two bins to take to her students’ garden club. “We’re hoping the kids can learn about their food and sustainability, and what it takes to grow your food,” Boring said. “Then they can have a deeper appreciation of it.” Boring was one of nearly 45 attendees at last weekend’s Save Your Scraps Workshop, hosted by the nonprofit I Love a Clean San Diego in partnership with the city of Vista. The workshop was designed to educate residents on levels of organic and manmade waste and provide ways to cut back. “Reaching for glassware instead of plastic ware, reaching for a reusable water bottle — these are all small steps we can take to leading a more sustainable lifestyle,” Katie Shea, education specialist with the nonprofit, explained to attendees. The workshop rotated participants through three stations — one on food waste reduction, compost practices and ocean-friendly gardens. Things wrapped up with the vermicomposting bin activity, which gave the first 25 registrants mabin that day. Alaine Ibarreche, another education special-

ist with I Love a Clean San Diego, said this interactive experience is an important part of understanding composting. “To really do it hands on and see that it only takes a few minutes, rather than someone telling you that — there’s definitely a sense of confidence that participants leave with,” Ibarreche said. I Love a Clean San Diego, based in Point Loma, holds workshops and cleanups all over San Diego County. In North County, it has hosted events in Encinitas as well as Vista. JESSICA SENSENBAUGH AND VIVIAN BORING, teachers at Madison Middle School in Vista, take home three vermicompostThis was the first time ing bins, with plans to bring two to their students’ garden club. They created the bins at the Save Your Scraps Workshops, in its six-year partnership hosted by I Love a Clean San Diego and the City of Vista. Photo by Kelli Kyle with the nonprofit that the city of Vista held the organics workshop. According to Leslie Webb Blanco, an assistant with the Vista Public Works Department, when city learned about the program, it saw it as a perfect fit to help comply with state mandated waste management plans. “The city provides learning opportunities for its residents and businesses on managing their waste when the opportunity arises,” Webb Blanco said. “The workshop was a great addition to our ongoing education and outreach efforts.” Next up for the nonprofit and the city of Vista is a community cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 1, where volunteers will pick up litter from the Carlsbad Watershed. For Boring, events like the cleanup and the Save Your Scraps workshop reinforce the idea that anyone can play a role in living sustainably. “Everybody can do it, regardless of where you live,” Boring said. “You just have to get creative. It’s the little things that help.” For more information on upcoming I Love a Clean San Diego events in North County, visit www. ilacsd.org.

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Local nonprofit utilizes produce to combat food insecurity LEUCADIA – Every Sunday at the Leucadia Farmer’s Market, a team of volunteers wearing lime green T-shirts and bright orange aprons pulls empty carts through the maze of vendors. Their mission? To collect farmers’ unsold produce as a part of the Market Share program for the nonprofit Produce Good. Lori Matthews was the head volunteer at the Sunday Leucadia Market. “We take the stuff that won’t be good, and we bring it to a local organization that can use it that day and get it to people who are experiencing food insecurity,” Matthews said. Produce Good is an Encinitas organization that gathers produce that would otherwise be wasted, and distributes it to community groups. Co-founder and Executive Director Nita Kurmins Gilson started Produce Good when she noticed just how much food San Diegans were wasting. “It started out as a grassroots organization in 2010 where I was just picking backyard fruit in North County with friends and family,” Kurmins Gilson said. In the following years, Produce Good incorporated into an official nonprofit, adding programs like the Market Share

and the Bumper Crop initiative, where volunteers pick crops at small local farms to donate to community partners like the food bank. According to 2016 data from the San Diego Hunger Coalition, nearly 500,000 people are food insecure in the county, which means they do not know where their next meal is coming from. On the flip side, research from ReFed shows that nearly 52 million tons of food are sent to the landfill annually, and 10 million tons go unharvested on farms. Through weekly programs, Produce Good works to reduce this number, collecting up to 2,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to distribute to those in need. “Fruit grows literally in almost every backyard in San Diego,” Kurmins Gilson said. “The idea of being able to feed your neighbor from your own tree is a really beautiful one, and it’s really doable.” At the Community Resource Center in Encinitas, regular donations from Produce Good help stock their food pantry, already filled with food rescued from local grocery stores. Yanira Frias, the food and nutrition program manager at the center, said shoppers are grateful for the

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San Diego Botanic Garden presents Gardenscapes Learn tips to create your own native garden areas!

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(Sphaeralcea ambigua), desert lavender (Hyptis emoryi) and apricot mallow (Abutilon palmeri) were planted to contrast and balance the spiky specimen agaves and cacti with soft foliaged perennials. The area was seeded with colorful desert annuals, including Mojave prickly poppy (Argemone corymbosa), desert marigold (Baileya multiradiata) and desert dandelion (Malacothrix glabrata). Helpful Tips: A composition of different-sized rocks and decomposed granite is helpful in creating a perceived desert landscape. Darker boulders conduct and reradiate heat while lighter stones reflect

light and create an albedo effect, conditions typical of the desert floor. In contrast to other native ecologies which like water during the cool season, desert plants benefit from infrequent year-round watering, with warm weather misting during the summer to mimic the humidity of afternoon thunderstorms. A bounty of uniquely adapted plants grow in this community, so it is easy to create striking contrasts between such specimens as Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens), desert agave (Agave desertii), brittlebrush (Encelia farinosa), and sand verbena (Abronia villosa). Coastal Dune Garden

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San Diego businesses, nonprofits join forces to tackle 100% clean energy SAN DIEGO — San Diego has long been a global leader in the clean energy revolution. The municipality is consistently high-ranking on lists of clean cities across the United States and in 2015 set the aggressive goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2035. To see the state of California following suit to approve a mandate three years later is a major victory for community members and climate activists, reinforcing the fact that society is at the cusp of a major energy overhaul. As consumer interest and demand for renewables increase, so does the need for accurate and accessible information on policy change, technological advancements and its social and economic implications. With so many rapid developments occurring within the industry, San Diego businesses and organizations anticipate a potential information gap between policy, product and consumer. Taking action into their own hands, dozens of local nonprofits and industry experts are joining forces to pass that information directly into the hands of receptive San Diegans. The San Diego Clean Energy Fair is a one-day educational event taking place at the San Diego Electrical Training Center on October 6, offering learning opportunities and activities for the whole family. The event will be held from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. with the aim to provide accurate education and information about solar power, energy storage, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, workforce development

and more. “We are thrilled to be hosting the San Diego Clean Energy Fair and bringing needed education about clean energy to our community,” said Cristina Marquez, Outreach Coordinator at the San Diego Electrical Training Center. “Rooftop solar is a mini powerplant on someone's home and having skilled labor is a cornerstone in helping us move to 100 percent clean energy.” Attendees can benefit from an array of relevant workshops including Solar and Energy Storage 101 where nationally certified energy practitioners will provide thorough and up to date information on how solar works, available warranties, incentive programs, recent policy changes as well as how rate increases from San Diego Gas and Electric pertain to solar customers. LG Chem’s Linh Tran will speak about energy storage and the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners will video conference in from New York to discuss how to select a solar provider. Workshops pertaining to businesses and institutions will also be on the agenda, including the Commercial Solar 101 and Commercial Energy Storage Solutions. High-profile case studies, including the largest solar installation in Major League Baseball at Petco Park, make for rich content and an invaluable learning opportunity for fiscal and eco-conscious businesses. While the pledge for clean energy helps to reduce our reliance on foreign fossil fuels, it conversely drives a demand for local jobs in renewables.

SULLIVAN SOLAR POWER will co-host the San Diego Clean Energy Fair starting at 10 am on Oct. 6 at the San Diego Electrical Training Center. Courtesy photo

To meet this demand, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 569 will be offering a session on the San Diego Electrical Joint Apprenticeship, providing information to those interested in joining the solar industry as electricians. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to explore electric and hybrid vehicle options at the electric vehicle showcase and learn how to harness the sun to power your vehicle. Representatives from Chevrolet, Ford, Nissan, Kia, Fiat and Zero Motorcycles will be present with a variety of electric and

hybrid vehicle options to explore. They will also be joined by members from the Electric Auto Association of San Diego, sharing their vehicles and experiences with attendees. Nonprofits and businesses will also be bringing the latest technologies together in one place at the cleantech fair. There will be a screening of the documentary film “Catching the Sun,” as well as a solar oven demonstration by the San Diego Solar Cooking Club and various educational activities for children. “The San Diego Clean Energy Fair is an expansive event with various

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Eclectic Vintage Design changes locations Eclectic Vintage Design is on the move! Visit their new location opening September 21st at 4259 Oceanside Boulevard, in the Oceanside Marketplace. The existing location will continue to have closeout sales on an occasional basis. Do you love rescuing and restoring furniture? Are you thinking about painting your existing furniture, kitchen or bathroom cabinets? At Eclectic Vintage Design in Oceanside, you’ll find the full line of very affordable Dixie Belle Paint Company products and paints, the fastest growing chalk and mineral based, no VOC paints, in the US. As a Premier Retailer for Dixie Belle, they are fully stocked, and their knowledgeable staff is available to help you turn your finds into treasures. Workshops, classes, and paint parties are held on a regular basis in their new location, to help foster artists’ creativity. If you have never painted furniture before and are interested in learning how easy and rewarding it can be, try their “How to Paint Like a Pro” class. Reservations are necessary and can be done by calling the store or


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ings, home decor, art, and handcrafted gifts in their boutique section. Serving North County since early 2016, owners Rick Maxey and Kim Jack-

lin have created an inspiring shopping experience, combining refurbished painted furniture with new products such as home decor items, bath and beauty, candles, and handcrafted jewelry, sourced locally from California craft artists. Eclectic provides professional furniture painting services for clients who want their furniture updated to blend with their current style. Custom painting takes place on site in their Paintery Studio. You'll likely see them in action when you visit. They are always happy to set aside their paint brushes for an impromptu consultation or demonstration on a technique. Eclectic creates unique, hand painted signs on site as well. Made to order signs are available. Are you looking for something unique and fun to do, individually or with friends? Schedule a painting party! Visit eclecticvintagedesign.com to view class schedules or peruse their gallery of store photos. Store hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm. For more information call (760) 231-7899 or follow them on Facebook or Instagram.

Landscape Typology: Oak woodlands, Canyons Places in San Diego: Mission Trails Regional Park, Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve Description: An area near the grape arbor, shaded by a large lemonade berry (Rhus integrifolia), catalina cherry (Prunus ilicifolia), and black walnut (Juglans californica) was chosen for dry, shade-loving woodland natives. A dry streambed, previously constructed by volunteers added a place-making element. Plants that thrive in dry shade such as coral bells (Heuchera sp.), bush anemone (Carpenteria californica), golden currant (Ribes aureus), coffeeberry (Rhamnus californica) and douglas iris (Iris douglasiana) were added for color and foliage. A woodland garden is an important transition landscape between drier chaparral and riparian ecosystems. Many of the plants correspond to mycorrhizal fungi in the soil that transport moisture and nutrients from wetter to drier habitats. Helpful Tips: Allow leaf litter to act as mulch and encourage mycorrhizal soil development. Especially important in a woodland garden are the shadows and quality of shade. Prune trees and shrubs to frame views and allow filtered sunlight. Choose plants for foliage and texture to create year-round interest.

Places in San Diego: San Diego Botanic Garden Description: This was a pre-existing garden that was expanded during the redesign and includes silvery foliaged plants that you might find in a moon garden. An abundance of natives have blue to silvery foliage and are adapted to reflect sunlight and reduce evapotranspiration. Excellent specimen choices for

blue-grey foliage include: Canyon Prince Wild Rye Grass (Leymus condensatus), purple sage (Salvia leucophylla), Catalina Fuchsia (Epilobium ‘Catalina’) and Catalina Silverlace (Eriophyllum nevinii). A large rhinoceros-shaped stump was added as a place-making sculptural element. The blue jays are especially fond of sitting on this in our Garden, adding to the blue-

grey theme. Helpful Tips: Contrasting foliage is especially important to create yearround interest in a native garden. For contrast, use plants with silvery or light green foliage against a background of darker green evergreen shrubs such as wild lilac (Ceanothus sp.), lemonade berry (Rhus integrifolia) or chamise (Adenostoma fasciculatum).

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Landscape Typology: Vernal Pool Natural Places in San Diego: Miramar plateau near State Route 163, Kearny Mesa, Otay Mesa Description: A central open area surrounded by large shrubs was chosen to carve-out an ovate bioswale. The decomposed granite path directly above the area produced storm runoff and erosion. A swale was added along this path to drain into the newly formed bioswale, where it quickly infiltrates the soil. The basin is filled with a 2-inch layer of mulch to sponge the moisture. Wire grass (Juncus sp.), California Sea Lavander (Limonium californicum) and spice bush (Calycanthus occidentalis) were planted for their tolerance of both dry and wet seasonal cycles. Helpful Tips: This is the perfect landform to place under a rainspout or at a low spot in the landscape. Make sure to select natives that are adapted to both wet and dry periods such as San Blue-Grey Garden Diego Sedge (Carex spisLandscape Typology: sa) and False Indigo Bush Garden planting for con(Amorpha fruticosa). trast and texture, moon garWoodland Garden den

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Early fall gardening tips, tricks By Paul Redeker

Here are some great gardening tips to get the most out of your plants during the warm summer weather that extends into early Fall here in Southern California:

• Mow lawns at the highest setting that is recommended for you lawn during to help retain water. • Check plants for any indication of insect pest or disease damage and treat accordingly. • Monitor your plants for water stress and consider adjusting the irrigation clock if necessary or hand water if certain plants need that extra attention. Note: Some plants do not show stress readily by wilting. • Hold off on planting if you can and prepare to plant when the weather gets cooler. • Lightly mulch potted plants to help retain water and move them out of the hot western sunshine if possible. • Plan to work in the garden in the earlier morning when it is cooler and avoid heat related illnesses by staying hydrated and taking breaks when needed. • Cut off old flowers on bedding plants and shrubs to encourage more blooms. Paul Redeker is the Director of Horticulture & Facilities at the Water Conservation Garden.

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