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A supplement to the Gilroy Dispatch & Morgan Hill Times

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Falling into autumn The recent hot weather and the odd blast of rain that kicked off this week can only mean one thing: fall is on its way. Summer gives in to autumn on Sept. 23, and this week’s South Valley provides some tips to help residents get their homes and gardens prepped for the season. I toured Aquamatic Cover Systems’ Gilroy facility and spoke with

the company’s Vice President Tom Dankel to find out when the best time is to keep a pool covered (hint: it’s not just in the fall). Writer Jenny Arbizu spoke with the folks at GardenMart and Solis Landscaping and Construction in Hollister to learn what plants are best fit to survive fall. ERIK CHALHOUB

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WHAT EVERY PG&E CUSTOMER NEEDS TO KNOW Public Safety Power Shutoff, or PSPS, is a safety program that proactively shuts off electric power lines when there is an elevated fire risk. Do you have an emergency kit with nonperishable food, one gallon of water per person per day, medications, flashlights and batteries?

If you own a generator, is it safe to operate?

If anyone in your family depends on electricity for their medical needs, have you made preparations?

All PG&E customers should be prepared for possible power outages that could last for multiple days. If power is temporarily turned off, customers should consider these questions:

Are your mobile phones fully charged? Do you have a portable back-up charger or a solar charger?

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COVER IT UP Gilroy-based Aquamatic Cover Systems’ hydraulic pool cover system can be found all over the world.


Gilroy-based company manufactures patented hydraulic pool cover system BY ERIK CHALHOUB



n the 1970s, Harry Last built an indoor pool for his British Columbia home. But the humidity of the room, the result of the warm indoor temperature from the pool and the cold weather outside, caused molding and other problems as the room sweat.

Last installed a dehumidification system in the room, which was only partially successful in eliminating the problem. So he cut out a piece of plastic and laid it on top of his pool.

It worked, but was a chore to take off every time someone wanted to take a quick swim. Last at the time was working in automation and was also an avid sailor. He saw a correlation

between the two, and began forming plans on how a pool cover could be unfurled like a sail. He ended up writing his MBA thesis on automatic pool covers. His professor was so impressed with his work that the two went into business together. From that solution to a nagging problem came Aquamatic Cover Systems, a Gilroy-based company that now manufactures 1,500 automatic pool covers annually and

ships to 60 countries, and is set to mark 40 years in 2020. “There was no commercial endeavor, it was just to serve his own home,” said Tom Dankel, vice president of Aquamatic. “Necessity is the mother of invention.” Last holds more than 35 patents, including for the dual-motor hydraulic cover system known as Hydramatic that is one of Aquamatic’s top sellers. Dankel said Aquamatic is the only company that


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Dankel said the system eliminates the clutch system found on other covers, which can frequently need repairs. Aquamatic’s confidence in its hydraulic system is apparent with its 20-year mechanism warranty. The covers, which are certified to exceed the safety standards set by the American Society for Testing and Materials, were once primarily purchased just for the safety aspect, Dankel said. But now, cost-savvy

and environmentally-conscious customers are eyeing them for their other benefits. A typical Hydramatic cover system is offered roughly in the $8,000-$12,000 range. But it pays for itself in the long run, with Aquamatic estimating that the cover reduces pool operating costs by nearly 70 percent through reduced chemical use and energy consumption, while nearly eliminating water evaporation.

“There is a quantifiable return on investment with this product,” Dankel said. Dankel said he and other automatic pool cover businesses have been lobbying in Washington, D.C. to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to allow pool covers to achieve a WaterSense designation. According to the EPA, WaterSense-labeled products and services are certified to use at least 20 percent less water, save ➝ 6

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produces hydraulic cover systems, which are more reliable than the traditional electric cover systems with a quarter of the moving parts. The Hydramatic operates with two hydraulic torque motors: one that is connected to the cover drum to open the cover, and another that drives the rope reel to close it. The direction of the cover is controlled by a key, which sends hydraulic fluid to the corresponding motor, and travels about a foot per second.





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VERSATILE The Hydramatic covers pools of all sizes.

energy, and perform as well as or better than regular models. Although fall is approaching and dead leaves tend to find their way to pools, Dankel said the covers are meant as a year-round system not contingent on a certain season. “The people that have an automatic cover never have their pool uncovered, because there’s no reason not to,” he said. “Manual covers aren’t as easy. Some will say ‘I’ll get to that later,’ but sometimes later becomes never. With this, you turn a key and the cover goes. “You spend less time skimming and more time swimming.” Aquamatic followed Last’s move from Canada to the United States in 1980, when the company opened a facility in Concord. The business moved to various locations in the

South Bay before moving to its current Mayock Road location in Gilroy in 1997, where it operates out of two buildings totaling 45,000 square feet. It expanded in December to add a 25,000-square-foot design and fabrication center. It boasts about 50 employees, with more than half working there for 20 years or more. “We’re a family-first organization,” Dankel said. “We’ve been very open-door, and try to create within these walls a family atmosphere. But if you need to take care of something out there, don’t worry about it. This place isn’t going anywhere. That to me is very important.” For information on Hydramatic and Aquamatic’s other products, visit



TRASH BASH Help clean up illegally dumped trash and litter along San Martin’s rural roads at the San Martin Fall Trash Bash. Cleanup supplies and safety gear will be provided, along with a complimentary lunch for volunteers at noon. Registration is open to volunteers age 16 and older; liability waivers must be signed by all volunteers or legal guardians. Attendees are advised to wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Event will occur rain or shine. Saturday, Sep. 21, 8:30am-noon at the Sig Sanchez Government Center, 80 W. Highland Ave. For information, visit


CREEK CLEANUP The community is invited to join thousands of Californians in removing litter in waterways by registering to volunteer at California Coastal Cleanup Day: Morgan Hill Creek Cleanup. Volunteers will help clean up West Little Llagas Creek. Gloves, bags, litter grabbers and water will be provided. Participants under age 18 will need a waiver signed by their parents or guardians. Saturday, Sep. 21, 9am-noon at 100 Edes Court. For information, to preregister or to obtain a volunteer waiver, call 408.310.4169.

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OUT & ABOUT COMMUNITY CLEAN UPS Volunteers are invited to help remove litter and illegally dumped trash at Sep. 21 cleanup events in San Martin and Morgan Hill.


PARK OVERNIGHT Spend a night at Morgan Hill Community Park roasting s’mores, viewing a movie and camping under the stars. Each family should bring a tent, picnic dinner, chairs, sleeping bags, flashlights and warm clothing. Cost is $15 per person with breakfast included. The overnight will begin Friday, Sep. 20 at 5pm and wrap up the next morning at 9am at 99 W. Edmundson Ave. To register, call 408.782.0008 or visit and use activity code #FSY001.



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Chili Champions 2019, the fourth annual police vs. fire/EMS charity benefit chili cook-off, will be presented by El Camino Club. Attendees can enjoy a chili tasting flight and vote for People’s Choice as local law enforcement, firefighters and EMS battle for chili bragging rights. The event will also include live music by Steel Horse and Blue Rock Tonic. All proceeds benefit Operation Freedom Paws. Saturday, Sep. 21, noon-6pm at The Stomping Ground, 6500 Brem Lane. For information, email





A YARD TO FALL FOR Local gardeners offer tips for change in season BY JENNY ARBIZU

CHANGE IN SEASON Fall gardening is not just about raking leaves. Gardeners should take

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advantage of the next couple of months to get their plants situated.


t happens soon after summer vacation ends and the last kid returns to school— the hints of autumn.

Shorter days, browning leaves and cooler breezes have all become irrefutable signs of the season that is now falling upon us (pun intended). But as any season changes, so should one’s approach to maintaining their home garden or landscape. The fall season, for instance, should be paid close attention to by those wanting to adhere to their home’s landscape. Nick Huston, nursery manager of the GardenMart in Hollister, suggested that once the heat of summer ceases, so should the constant ogling of summer gardens. “Fall is the time when people are

going to want to be getting out in their yards and planting any kind of stuff,” Huston said. “It’s still going to be warm these next couple of months, so it’s a good time to get [plants] situated.” Though he said “almost anything” can be planted during the fall months, Huston recommended choosing flowers or plants based on when owners would like to see them to bloom. Perennials, for instance, are best to plant during the fall months so they’re well-rooted and ready to blossom in the spring. And while many plants go dormant during the winter, Huston said there are some plants that will remain evergreen and even flower during the winter months. “I’m guessing this is something most people don’t know,” he said. For those wanting to learn more about what works best in their

yards, GardenMart offers a Plant Concierge Service. “We come out to people’s houses and talk with them about their yard; help them decide what to put in their yard,” Huston said. “They can then come back to the nursery and look at options of plants.” Customers can opt to use the GardenMart’s planting service, as well, if they prefer. The GardenMart also offers plant care and replacement service for anyone hoping to scale back or replace their landscapes. “If there is stuff in your yard that’s already situated, and it just needs cleaning and trimming, now is the time to be doing that,” he added. “Through the summer, most things get beaten down with the heat.” Those hoping to avoid the regimen of maintaining their yard every fall—or any season, really— may

want to consider a low-maintenance alternative to the typical garden landscape; one that Herman Solis, owner of Solis Landscaping and Construction in Hollister, offers his customers. “We specialize in making people's lives simple,” Solis said. “Most of my clients are seeking maintenance-free yards—they are people coming in from the San Jose area who still work there and need to commute. So whenever they do have free time, they don’t want to spend it in their yard doing any upkeep; they want to relax.” While his landscape construction company specializes in pavers (they redid the courtyard at Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital, including commemorative blocks into the pathway), Solis also stays busy building such amenities as shade arbors, rock gardens, low-voltage outdoor lighting, artificial turf and outdoor kitchens. “Things that are pretty much maintenance-free,” he said. And when his clients want to bring color into their landscapes, Solis has a list of possibilities that will help keep yards low-maintenance. “[We will plant] a lot of drought-tolerant California natives,” he said of his company. “Once they’re planted, they’re virtually maintenance-free. You prune them up every once in a while, and that’s about it.” He will also suggest drought-tolerant groundcovers, as well as artificial turf, to his customers. “Artificial turf requires a bit of maintenance, but it’s very minimal,” he said. While Solis Landscaping and Construction is self-described as an “extreme landscape construction company,” it also provides existing landscape repair and landscape demo and removal. GardenMart is located at 410 Spring Grove Road. Call 831.245.9269 for information. Visit Solis Landscape and Construction at and on Facebook @solis.landscape, or call 831.902.0227 for information.


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The Taste of Morgan Hill returns for its 30th anniversary. This admission-free, family-friendly festival features a variety of arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment, food, children’s activities, local wines and craft beers. Also featured is the Classic & Custom Car Show, featuring a variety of cars from hot rods to classic fire engines, the South Valley Quilt Association quilt show and live birds of prey, snakes and other creatures from the Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center. Saturday, Sep. 28, 10am-7pm, continuing with a Street Dance from 7-9:30pm, and Sunday, Sep. 29, 10am-6pm in historic Downtown Morgan Hill. For information, visit

SANTA CLARA VALLEY FALL PASSPORT The Wineries of Santa Clara Valley will host

a month of wine tasting along the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail during Fall Passport 2019. Throughout the month of September, participants can

meet winemakers and enjoy complimentary wine tasting, special perks and other surprises at the tasting rooms of more than 30 wineries along the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail. Fall Passport 2019 runs Sep. 6-30. For information and tickets, visit

GILROY ACOUSTIC MUSIC Dorcich Family Vineyards will host an evening of acoustic music with local artists at its Summer Music Series. Free and open to the public, the Summer Music Series runs through October on

the last Saturday of the month. Madrigal’s Tacos and wine will be available for purchase during the event; no outside alcohol permitted. Saturday, Sep. 21, 4-7pm at Dorcich Family Vineyards, 11775 Watsonville Road. For information, visit COMEDY THEATER Pintello Comedy Theater’s production of the musical comedy I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change explores dating, love, sex and marriage, but not necessarily in that order. The final Friday and Saturday evening performances are Sep. 21 and 22 at 8pm at Pintello Comedy Theater, 8191 Swanston Lane.




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ninja course, photo booth, bake sale and more. Saturday, Sep. 21, 2-4pm at California Sports Center, 16959 Monterey St. For information, visit

The third annual Latin Cultural Show and Outdoor Concert features an admission-free afternoon of outdoor Latin music and dancing. Guests are invited to bring their blankets, chairs and snacks to enjoy the sounds of Cumbia, Vallenato, Merengue, Salsa and more. Edgardo & Candela will perform live and dance groups from different Central and South American countries will perform. Saturday, Sep. 21, 3-7:30pm at Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center Amphitheater, 17000 Monterey Road. For information, visit


NATIONAL GYMNASTICS DAY Celebrate National Gymnastics Day at the California Sports Center Gymnastics Open House and Fundraiser, benefitting Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. Attendees will enjoy a

TIMELESS CLASSICS Twotime Emmy-nominated recording artist and performer ALFIO will perform at Guglielmo Winery. A wine and appetizer reception beginning at 5:30pm with the concert following at 6:30pm. Sunday, Sep. 22, 5:30-9pm at 1480 E. Main Ave. Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased at the winery. For information, visit

HOLLISTER RENAISSANCE FAIRE Step back in time to Renaissance Europe and enjoy hearty ales, fine foods and handmade crafts. Hundreds of costumed performers will roam the streets and act on five different stages. The faire includes the Tournament of Horses, Saturday Night Concert Series and themed weekends. The Northern California Renaissance Faire at Casa de Fruta will be held Sep. 14-Oct. 20 on Saturdays and Sundays only from 10am-6pm at 10021 Pacheco Pass Highway. For information and tickets, visit ➝ 13

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FILM SCREENING Everyone is welcome to head to the Gilroy Library to view a free film on food and farming at the screening of The Biggest Little Farm. A testament to the immense complexity of nature, this film follows two dreamers and a dog on an odyssey to bring harmony to both their lives and the land. Sunday, Sep. 22, 2:30-4:30pm at Gilroy Library, 350 W. Sixth St. For information, visit

will hold its next Active Senior Ride just in time to celebrate its second anniversary. This 15-mile loop ride will travel through Morgan Hill and up the Coyote Creek Trail with a stop for coffee on the way back and plenty of regroups. Attendees must ensure that bikes are in good working order before the trip. Friday, Sep. 20, 10:30am-1pm at Bike Therapy, 17540 Depot St. For information, visit

A day dedicated to Alfred Hitchcock’s film, Vertigo, returns to San Juan Bautista. Attendees will see filming locations on a guided tour of San Juan Bautista State Historic Park and the town’s famous church. Vertigo will be screened on the Plaza Lawn. The tour is set for 3-4:30pm for $15, followed by the lecture for $10, and finishing with the free screening around 8:10pm. Saturday, Sep. 28 at 19 Franklin St., San Juan Bautista. For tickets and information, call 831.623.4881.




Much about mulches

DECORATIVE BARK Organic mulches should not be used within five feet of the house.

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Editor’s note: This is the next installment in a series of articles on wildfire preparation.


ulches play an important role in landscapes. They can reduce the water requirements of plants, cool soil temperatures, reduce the occurrence of weeds, control soil erosion and dust, and can visually enhance the landscape. Unfortunately, some popular mulches are also combustible, a bad attribute for residential landscapes located in high fire hazard areas, and can be easily ignited by embers during a wildfire. Organic mulches are made from plant materials. These materials vary considerably in terms of size, shape and texture; factors that also influence

their flammability. Test results show that pine needle and gorilla hair mulches are easily ignited, burn fast and produce considerable heat. Other organic mulches, such as bark nuggets and wood chips, burn somewhat slower but also produce considerable heat. Partially composted wood chips produce very little flame and burn much slower than the other mulches, but burn hot via glowing combustion. Inorganic mulches are derived from non-plant materials and include rock, stone and gravel. Most inorganic mulches are noncombustible and are good choices for homes located in high fire hazard areas. Some important mulch tips for homeowners living in high fire hazard areas are: • Do not use organic mulches within five feet of the house. During a

wildfire, burning embers may accumulate in this area, providing ample sources of ignition for wood and bark mulches. • Keep organic mulches several feet away from combustible materials such as wood posts, firewood stacks, wooden fences, decks, stairs, etc. • Irrigating organic mulches may improve their ignition resistance, although the surface layers of mulch will dry out quickly during wildfire weather conditions. No matter where you live, the most common reason homes burn during a wildfire is because embers land on something easily ignitable around the home. Remove leaves and pine needles from your rain gutters. Make changes now to reduce the ember threat to your home. Most people believe that wildfires ignite homes through direct contact with flames, but it is rare to have a home ignite this way. Flaming brands and embers can travel a mile or more ahead of the active front of a wildfire and up to 60 percent of wildland/urban interface home ignitions result from embers. Most of the activity that makes a home less vulnerable to ignition focuses on the home and its immediate surroundings. The Ember Aware campaign is intended to educate people on the risks of ember cast and the actions they can take to reduce those risks, to encourage residents to harden their homes against embers and/or to maintain those ember-resistant features, and to practice ember-safe housekeeping and landscaping. You can learn more at Fire Marshal Dwight Good, MS, EFO, serves the Morgan Hill Fire Department, South Santa Clara County Fire Protection District and CAL FIRE Santa Clara Unit. He has 24 years of fire service experience. For questions or comments, email or call (408) 310-4654.



11 500 jazz artists will perform nonstop on eight stages for three nights and two days at the 62nd annual Monterey Jazz Festival. Enjoy films, conversations with festival stars, exhibitions, food and beverages, live jazz entertainment and more. Friday-Sunday, Sep. 27-29 at the Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2000 Fairground Road, Monterey. For information, artist lineups, tickets and more, visit


Learn to make natural tinctures with locally grown herbs at the Tincture Making Workshop at Terra Cultura. Participants will harvest, work with, and learn about the many beneficial properties of, lavender, rosemary and yarrow. Also experience every step of the tincture making process and take home tinctures made and bottled in the workshop. Sunday, Sep. 29, 1-4pm at Terra Cultura, 1880 Cole Road, Aromas. For tickets and information, visit

EVENTS BOOK DISCUSSION Adults and teens of all ages are invited to head to the Gilroy Library for a book discussion of “Forty Autumns” by Nina Willner. Copies of the

book may be checked out at the library’s information desk upstairs. Tuesday, Sep. 24, 7-8pm at Gilroy Library, 350 W. Sixth St. For information, visit READING BUDDIES Children in grades 1-4 are invited to buddy up with a furry friend and practice reading aloud to a therapy animal at the Gilroy Library. Participants must sign up by calling or in person to guarantee a reading time slot. Drop-ins are allowed, but a furry friend may not be available without prior registration. Readers are asked to be on time as spots will only be held for five minutes before being given to another waiting reader. Thursday, Sep. 26, 3:30-4:40pm at the Gilroy Library, 350 W. Sixth St. Call 408.842.8207 or visit MONTEREY JAZZ More than

JAZZ CELEBRATION Jazz @ Gavilan, Celebrating 100 Years, features three different ensembles including the Dahveed Behroozi Group, Michelle Pollace Group and Vardan Ovsepian’s VOCE Ensemble. Saturday, Sep. 28, 7-10pm at Gavilan College Theater, 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd, Gilroy. For tickets and information, visit WINERY YOGA Breathe, stretch and unwind during 75 minutes of yoga in the surroundings of Guglielmo Winery, the oldest continuously operating, familyowned winery in the Santa Clara Valley. After yoga, attendees are encouraged to head to the tasting room and try award-winning, premium wines. Dress in layers and bring a yoga mat. Sunday, Sep. 29, 10:45am-noon at Guglielmo Winery, 1480 East Main Ave, Morgan Hill. For information, visit NATIONAL NIGHT OUT The Gilroy Police Department will host National Night Out Gilroy, a free event promoting police-community

COMMUNITY SUMMIT The public is invited to learn about the Santa Clara County Community Plan to End Homelessness at the South County Community Summit. Attendees will be a part of creating the five-year roadmap to guide the county, non-profits, cities and community members as they make decisions about funding, programs and needs. Learn more about the community plan and provide input on what services and resources are needed to serve those experiencing homelessness. The summit is free and open to all community members. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 6-8pm at Community Solutions, 9015 Murray Ave #100, Gilroy. For information and to register, visit COMPOST WORKSHOP The benefits of gardening using compost will be described at a free twohour workshop taught by a Santa Clara County Master Composter. Attendees will learn the basics of backyard composting techniques. Pre-registration required. Saturday, Oct. 5, 10am-noon at Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center, 17000 Monterey St, Morgan Hill. For registration, visit PETTING ZOO The Gilroy Gardens Petting Zoo has returned with mini creatures to delight guests of all ages. Meet goats, ducks, chickens, rabbits and pigs, all the right size for the little ones. Admission to the petting zoo is $5 per person, not included with park admission or memberships, with proceeds going toward the care of all the animals. The petting zoo is open weekends through Nov. 3, 11am-6pm at Gilroy Gardens, 3050 Hecker Pass Highway, Gilroy. For information, visit

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CHANGE MAKERS Youth Alliance’s marquee fundraising event, 2019 Change Makers, features entertainment, raffles, auctions and opportunities to support the youth in the community. This year’s event will also include a celebration of Change Makers and a special recognition of a nominated community member for their work. Saturday, Sep. 21, 5:3010pm at The Barn by Leal Vineyards, 6971 Airline Highway. For tickets and information, visit

SPOOKY FUN Gilroy Gardens’ spooky-but-not-too-scary Halloween event is back with even more Boo. Little ones can trick or treat, sing and dance along to a live musical show or take a ride on the Boo Train or other “spookified” rides. A Marketplace filled with Halloween treats, wine, craft beers and more fills out the event. Friday, Sep. 27, 5-10pm at Gilroy Gardens, 3050 Hecker Pass Highway, Gilroy. For information, visit

partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to help prevent crime. Attendees will enjoy music, games, safety information, giveaways, a jump house and more. Tuesday, Oct. 1, 5:30pm in Downtown Gilroy. For information, visit



Late-summer gardening Don't give up on gardening just because summer is coming to a close. There’s plenty of time left to plant and enjoy the most colorful— and delicious—season of the year. For more tips and gardening ideas, visit and —Brandpoint and is a rich source of vitamin C and folic acid because of its unique red color. They stand up to cool nights and frost, so they'll be popular at the dinner table late into the season.

Add color and a festive look to your porch, patio or garden AUTUMN COLORS Cool Wave pansies are suitable for the fall.

Many herbs and flowers are in season


ummer may be winding down, but a new opportunity to garden is just beginning. Plenty of vegetables and flowers can be grown successfully in late summer and into fall, so it's a great time to refresh with plants that either thrive in slightly cooler weather or are easy to bring indoors once the temperatures start to drop.

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With Pesto Party basil from Burpee Plants, you can have your own actual pesto party. Bring the basil indoors when there is danger of frost, and keep the plant handy in a sunny spot in the kitchen so you can simply snip off leaves as you're cooking and entertaining. Just be sure to leave some foliage on the plant so it will continue to grow. If you make a bigger batch of pesto than you can use in one recipe, freeze the leftovers in ice cube trays to pull out and cook when desired.

Enjoy seasonal, fresh from the garden vegetables Kale Storm from Burpee is not only tasty, but it's lovely to look at in your garden with its purple, green and blue-tinged leaves. It can be planted either in the ground or also works well in a decorative patio or porch planter for those with limited space. Unlike some plants, colder temperatures enhance and sweeten kale's flavor, so it can withstand a hard frost or two. Like a bit of variety in your salad? Burpee's Gourmet Blend offers a long harvest range, and it includes five different types of lettuces in one plant for a truly varied and delicious salad selection. A raised garden bed in a sunny location is the best spot for successfully growing these varieties of lettuce during the fall. A stunning new Brussels sprouts called Redarling has a vivid red hue to offer even more color to your cool-season edible garden. It has a mild taste

Available in a variety of autumnal hues, Cool Wave pansies are a great choice to brighten your outdoor space for the season. Cool Wave's Sunshine 'N Wine is a vivid, bold yellow flower with decorative deep burgundy on the petals' edges, while Raspberry Swirl sports a gorgeous raspberry-colored design. In early fall, plant your favorites in a gourd, like a large pumpkin, to add a fun, festive touch to your front steps, porch or patio. Cool Wave pansies are easy to maintain and offer long-lasting, colorful blooms to ensure your outdoor space is looking refreshed and vibrant for the season. To get some colorful perennials thriving in your garden, late summer is a great time to grow flowers like fragrant lavender, frilly dianthus or pollinator favorite echinacea (a native coneflower). Lavender plants can be grown in the garden or large planters and withstand drought well. You can use the florets in scented DIY projects. Dianthus thrives in sunny locations and can tolerate a light frost. They make excellent cut flowers to enjoy indoors. Echinacea colors range from white and yellow to shades of orange, pink and red. All are great choices if you're trying to attract bees, song birds and butterflies to your yard.



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VINEYARD PROPRIETORS Todd and Kim Engelhardt are

the owners of Lion Ranch in San Martin.

Lion Ranch goes organic San Martin winery commits to organic fungicides By LAURA NESS


consults with a viticulturist about, including cinnamon oil, mineral oils, copper, sulfur,” Kim said. Going organic is a big commitment, adding both labor and material expense, as one has to spray more often with organic materials. But for the Engelhardts, it was simply the right thing to do. “We were using sustainable methods previously, and felt like it was time to spend the extra cost to be a more responsible farmer, considering we live here, have children and animals here, and want the best for our community and planet,” Kim said. “Turns out the organic materials also are more effective, thankfully, as the cost and time increase is significant.” You can drink to your health— and the planet’s—at Lion Ranch.

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inally, as we’ve had some real summer heat of late, ripening in the vineyards is accelerating. We caught up with Kim Engelhardt of Lion Ranch, who said that with the late start to veraison, they wouldn't be starting harvest at the beginning of September, as in the past. She also shared that she and her husband, Todd, decided to pursue an organic viticulture program two years ago. So far, so good, she reported. “The crop looks amazing,” she said. “This is our second year with strictly organic spray materials, and the vineyard has never looked better.” Powdery mildew is often an issue with organic sprays, but they have had no mildew problems this year. “We rotate through a variety of organic fungicides that Todd



Home fix-ups for fall and outdoor living areas for surface damage issues caused by hail, wind and heavy rain. Common damage includes cracks in sidewalks and driveways, as well as chips in siding. Address problem areas like these with an exterior filler, which can fill in exposed, vulnerable areas and prevent further damage. To save time and money, choose a multipurpose filler designed specifically for exterior repairs, like Platinum Patch Advanced Exterior Filler, formulated with innovative Weather Max Technology for long-lasting, all weather protection. The mold-, mildew- and algae-resistant formula creates a durable bond that prevents discoloration, as well as cracking and crumbling over time. It is sandable and paintable and offers superior adhesion to porous and nonporous building materials such as brick, concrete, metal, composite or wood decks, vinyl or fiber cement siding, PVC trim board and more.

Inspect your roof SURFACE DAMAGE Multipurpose filler can prevent further damage in vulnerable areas such as cracked sidewalks.

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ith cooler days and temperate weather, fall is a good time to get outdoors and tackle some larger home projects, as well as prep your home for winter. “Cold weather can wreak havoc on your house, leaving you with a long list of repairs,” said Cathy McHugh, director of brand management at DAP. “It’s important to take preventative action now so you can enjoy the coming weather change, rather than making costly repairs later.” Don’t know where to start? Here are the top five "must-do" repairs from the experts at DAP.

Refresh around windows and doors Temperature fluctuations and weather extremes can cause cracks and crumbling in sealants around windows and

doors. The resulting gaps allow air to creep inside, putting your energy bills on overdrive. In addition, if current sealant has any dirt build-up, the hot and humid weather of summer can foster mold and mildew. Protect your home and give your windows and doors a refresh and waterproof seal that stands up to the elements by applying a new exterior sealant like Dynaflex Ultra Advanced Exterior Sealant that will provide long-lasting, all-weather, waterproof protection, resisting dirt build-up and water absorption. It also comes with a lifetime mold-, mildew- and algae-resistant guarantee. It’s easy to apply and is paint-ready in just an hour, allowing you to quickly repair problem areas.

Repair imperfections and surface damage It’s important to take a walk around your property and inspect your home

Start by making a simple visual inspection of your roof. Before hauling out the ladder, use binoculars or zoom in with a smartphone camera to spot obvious damage. If your roof has a relatively flat surface and you feel comfortable on a ladder, then go up for a closer look. Shingles that are cracked, buckled, loose or missing granules need to be replaced. And of course, while you’re up there, be sure to clear any clogged gutters to prevent potential water damage.

Prepare your furnace for fall Now is the time to prepare your furnace for fall. Change the filter, clean vents and remove any dirt or dust that has settled on the unit and connections. If you suspect problems, schedule a professional to check it out now, rather than wait until temperatures drop. For more information to help tackle your to-do list, visit —Brandpoint



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