Home briefs: See inside a home made from smashed cars, recycled steel | News

Home briefs: See inside a home made from smashed cars, recycled steel | News

Visit the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden and learn about the many choices for lower water, lower maintenance and less fertilizer-using plants for your home landscape. The lawn alternatives area has examples of various types of low-water replacement plants, including lawns with smooth surfaces for kids and pets to play on, groundcovers that have a walkable, low-growing surface and meadow grasses that are suitable for low foot traffic. UC Master Gardener Carolyn Williams will be on hand to discuss techniques for removing old lawns, best planting times, water usage and irrigation, sun and shade requirements, and fertilizer and maintenance.


Gamble Garden is celebrating its fall harvest with tours, tastings and other activities. Embarcadero Media file photo.


10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Sept. 9 | Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St. Palo Alto | Free. More information.

Gamble Garden is offering tours, garden tastings and other family activities to celebrate its September harvest. Visitors can take a guided tour of the edible garden and learn some surprising facts about the nightshade family of plants (tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and others). The historic house will be open and decorated to celebrate the harvest. Visitors can taste some of the peppers and tomatoes grown in the garden and vote on the ones they like best as part of the Great Gamble Tasting Competition


Learn how to turn your food scraps into compost, shown above in different stages, from master composters from UCCE Santa Clara County Composting Education Program on Saturday, Sept. 9. Embarcadero Media file photo by Veronica Weber.


10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Sept. 9 | Murphy Park Building, 250 N. Sunnyvale Ave., Sunnyvale | Free. Registration required.

Learn how to compost. In this two-hour workshop, master composters from the UCCE Santa Clara County Composting Education Program will teach you how to compost backyard trimmings and food scraps, as well as how to apply compost to your soil. www.ucanr.edu/compost


A gardener prepares t garden for the fall. Photo courtesy Getty Images.


6:30-8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 20 | Online | Free. Webinar Registration required.

In this webinar by the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA), learn why fall is California’s ideal planting season, how to prepare your garden area and how fall timing helps plant establishment and reduces water use.


Learn how to manage pest and weed problems while using alternatives to toxic chemicals during an integrated pest management workshop on Thursday, Sept. 14. Photo courtesy Getty Images.


7-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14 |Online | Free. Registration required.

Pests or weeds a problem? Join this class sponsored by the city of Palo Alto to learn how to manage pest and weed problems while using alternatives to toxic chemicals. Instructor Suzanne Bontempo of the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA) will share techniques and tools for pest prevention, as well as tips for managing many common pests in homes and gardens.


Learn how to safely replace a switch and an outlet during a home electrical repair workshop hosted by Maker Nexus on Saturday, Sept. 16. Photo courtesy Getty Images.


10:30-1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16 | 1330 Orleans Drive, Sunnyvale | Ages 15 & up | Cost is $55. Registration required.

Learn how to safely replace a switch and an outlet and how to swap out a ceiling light, as well as how to verify that an outlet is wired correctly. In this workshop hosted by Maker Nexus, instructor David Wertheimer will work with a life-sized demonstration wood-framed wall that is open on one side so you can see how things look both from the finished side, as well as inside your walls.


Stanford Federal Credit Union is hosting a homebuying workshop on Saturday, Sept. 23. Photo courtesy Getty Images.


Noon-1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 21 | Online |Free. Registration required.

Learn homebuying basics in this one-hour webinar hosted by Stanford Federal Credit Union. A Realtor and mortgage consultant will share tips on how to find and buy a home with the most favorable terms and help participants understand the homebuying process and financing options. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.


The Mayfield neighborhood looks a lot different now than it did in this view of its commercial district in 1909 when it was its own town. Photo courtesy Palo Alto Historical Association.


10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Sept. 23 | Sarah Wallis Park, 202 Ash St.| Free. More information.

Explore the architecture and history of Mayfield during this guided walking tour hosted by Palo Alto Stanford Heritage. Once its own town, Mayfield is now home to California Avenue, Palo Alto’s “second downtown.” Bo Clark will be your host as you stroll the streets and learn about the neighborhood’s earliest houses and businesses, including storefronts designed by Palo Alto’s celebrated architect Birge Clark. (Don’t forget to bring water, sun or light rain protection.)


Learn how to install a rain barrel in your yard during a rain barrel workshop in Palo Alto on Saturday, Sept. 30. Photo courtesy Getty Images.


10-11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 30 | Rinconada Library (Embarcadero Room), 1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto |Free. Registration required. See “Classes & Workshops.”

Learn how rain barrels can improve your property and garden, conserve water, save money and help protect local creeks and the San Francisco Bay. Chris Corvetti will lead this informational workshop about the benefits of rain barrels, what’s involved in rain barrel installation and maintenance, and rebates available to Palo Alto residents and businesses.

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