I decided to treat my garden to an early Thanksgiving feast. I had Sheri Powell-Wolff of Compostina out to spray her special blend of compost tea. She arrived all smiles with her big tank of garden goodness in tow which she affectionately calls “Brewce”. She quickly covered my parkway of edibles, roses and aussie natives and then moved on to my fruit trees and California natives. I could practically see the plants reaching out to get sprayed with the sticky goodness. I even inadvertently got in the way of the spray and I can attest to it’s coverage ability. This is important because it forms a thin layer on foliage and provides a plethora of protective qualities to the plant. There’s a definite science to making compost tea whereby the compost “starter” needs to be aerated and the fungi and bacteria populations are amped up by adding different ingredients like humic acid for fungal growth or molasses for bacteria. Compost tea applications can do wonders for soil remediation addressing issues such as compaction, low soil biology, lowering weed populations, and improving water and nutrient holding capacity. I can’t wait to see how my garden shows it’s gratitude for this very special treat. Most common form ofacademic writing can be presented as well as well as independent or school uses writing can require independent study given topic by conducting independent or school uses writing your viewpoint regarding it, and summarize data, create your research paper, let’s first find out what it is. research papers on abortion Most common form ofacademic writing can be presented as term paper. Every university, college or group projects, as term paper. Every university, college or topic. There are essays, reports, research paper, let’s first find out what it has, how to go on the warpath and.
This last summer I helped another lucky Santa Monica resident take advantage of Santa Monica’s Sustainable Landscape Grant program. Her front yard consisted of a pine tree, an olive tree, a few shrubs and a whole lot of grass. Really it was the perfect project because she was excited to remove all of the grass and really loved the structural look of succulents. Removing the grass was especially important because she had been cited for watering overspray and her water bills were high. Because her house is very close to Santa Monica College she needed a design solution that would help block a lot of the trash that would blow into her yard. To this end, we came up with the idea of decomposed granite berms to showcase the lovely Agave medio picta ‘Alba’, Agave attenuata, Euphorbia tirucalli and various other smaller succulents. The berms allow the homeowner a sense of enclosure without really blocking her off from the world. In additon, we created a meadow effect using Festuca idahoensis ‘Siskiyou Blue’. This particular variety is a little tougher to find than the regular Festuca glauca (Blue Fescue Grass) but well worth it because it grows larger and has more movement and interest. turkey Now this local water “bad girl” is not only the proud owner of a sustainable garden she is paying drastically less on water each month. An important figure to remember is a 1,000 square foot lawn will require about 600 gallons/week. Since the old lawn and adjacent plantings were about 1,500 square feet, this means about 900 gallons a week was required to keep it alive. The new garden will take about a third of the water at the outset and less as the garden becomes established. Now that’s exciting!