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NEED FABRIC? ... FabMo, which collects discontinued designer fabric that would be tossed into the landfill, will hold its next distribution event on Friday, Nov. 6, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Anyone interested in picking up free fabric can make an appointment request by e-mailing fabrix@fabmo. org (with appointment confirmation comes location and directions). Fabric is restocked regularly, so latecomers still have access to tons of fabric. Volunteers are also needed to help with sorting and distribution. To help, e-mail help. email@example.com.
Be’eri Moalem’s family cut its water bill in half by utilizing gray water, moved by bucketful from the bathtub. Right, a former lawn was replaced by less-water-loving plants.
by Be’eri Moalem ith three years of drought, having a green lawn can feel almost like a crime. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a water emergency, and thousands of farm workers are out of a job due to dried-out fields. Bright green grass doesn’t evoke many envy-green neighbors nowadays. Last summer, when my lawn was turning yellow, I decided to tear it out altogether. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize until after-the-fact that the City of Palo Alto would pay me to do this. The city offers $1.50 per square foot of lawn removal, up to $3,000. After the yard is given a make-over, rebates are given to cover the cost of labor, drought-resistant plants, efficient irrigation systems and much more. An inspector must be called before
GRAY-WATER RECYCLING CAN SAVE PLANTS DURING A DROUGHT
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GRAFTING WORKSHOP ... Master gardener Bader Kudsi will offer a free “Principles of Grafting” workshop on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Kudsi will demonstrate several types of grafts, as well as discuss tools, timing, grafting compatibility and post-grafting care. The class includes handouts. No reservations are necessary. For information, call Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or visit http://mastergardeners.org.
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INTRODUCING NATIVES ... Glenn Keator, botanist and author, will talk about “Introducing California Native Plants into Your Garden” on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Gamble Garden Carriage House, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Keator, co-author of “Designing California Native Gardens: The Plant Community Approach to Artful, Ecological Gardens,” will discuss how he incorporated native plantings with existing plantings in his garden. Fee is $35 for nonmembers, $25 for members. For information, call 650-329-1356 or visit www. gamblegarden.org.
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