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10 The Julian News To encourage moisture retention, "double-pot" your ferns. Place the fern in a small clay pot, then place this pot in a larger pot while placing sphagnum ~~ -j moss between the two. Keep both the ] ] ,,~ +~ .~1t~ moss and the fern moist with a ~ fine-spray misting bottle. © 2009 by King Features Syndicate, Inc. World rights reserved. Service Learn To Build Green At EcoBuild San From the foundation, to the finishing touches this expo features everything you need to know about sustainable building! The first annual EcoBuild San Diego offers education and outreach for homeowners and fire survivors looking to rebuild or remodel more sustainably. Check out the latest green products and technologies and participate in beneficial workshops. The workshops include; "Green Building 101," "How to Plan, Budget and Design your green home" and "Solar for Homeowners." This expo also offers support for Fire Survivors. [ B°rreg°'Cuyamaca'Esc°ndid°'Julian' The major'ty of fire survivors from the October 2007 and Ocotillo, Palomar Mountain, Ramona, ~ 2003 fires have not started the c5 rebuilding process. To assist in the Ranchita, Santa Ysabel, Warner Springs .7 progression you'll be able to learn from a panel of local Fire Survivors who are in that rebuilding process right now. EcoBuild San Diego is Free and on Saturday April 4th from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm at the Energy Center on Balboa Ave. Register at http:llwww.rebuildcentral.orgl Are you ready for a new job? If you are thinking of making a career change into one of the two current growth industries which are the state unemployment bureau and green jobs. Let's look at green jobs. To get going, there is a one- day Green Career Conference being put on by the San Diego Renewable Energy Society and the Solar Living Institute on April 25th at San Diego State University. This event is aimed at showing ~ !R~ mm!nJ ] construction industry pros as ~ well as students how to better understand the opportunities ! ] Iin the green ec°n°my Y°u wi'' ,fllt 1111111 V hear insider perspectives from ! i IP.°. Box 1 9. Ram0.a, CA9208 I green industry experts and /t,(760) 789-0240 |1 hear overviews of the skill sets needed. You will get insight into how to make a successful career ~i:.. :~..::-~ " transition and meet green industry employers and recruiters. To find out more and register, go to www. OPEN SUNDAYS] and click on register. March 25, 2009 Questions & Answers About Our Environment Dear EarthTalk: I want to start an organic vegetable garden in my yard and I would like to know how to combine crops to make better use of time and space. -- Val Thomason, Denton, TX Most commercial farms concentrate on growing a few select crops to supply a wide variety of customers, but gardening at home is a different story entirely. Most backyard food gardeners are looking to augment their family's diet with a variety of seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs throughout the growing season. For those of us who face time and space constraints in our gardening endeavors, combining crops within the same planting areas makes a lot of sense. Such techniques are particularly well- suited to organic gardens where chemical fertilizers and pesticides aren't used to artificially boost crop productivity. The most common way to combine garden crops is via an age-old technique called interplanting, which in essence means planting various garden edibles with different growth and spacing attributes together in the same soil beds or rows. One example involves combining fast-maturing vegetables, such "vertical gardening" concentrates much more production into each square foot of planting area. Also, the magazine reports, crops grown off the ground "tend to be healthier because they are less likely to contract fungus infections or soil-borne leaf diseases." Tomatoes, pole beans, cucumbers, snap peas, melons and winter squash are all examples of crops suitable for vertical gardening if staked or supported properly. Another common technique often employed by "weekend" gardeners, organic or otherwise, is succession planting, which entails replacing a finished crop with a different one, or planting a single crop in small amounts over an extended period of time. One example would be to replace a of the same type of crop around the same time, and harvesting the resulting crops successively. Tom~itoes and corn, for example, each come in varieties that ripen at different times during their respective growing seasons. And while it may be easy to get carried away with edible gardening, don't forget to plant a few flowers to spruce up the look of your garden and also attract bees to help pollinate your food crops. Marigolds and sunflowers are good choices as they are relatively easy to grow organically and tend to attract lots of bees. CONTACTS: Our Garden Gang, http://ourgardengang.; Better Homes & Gardens, Various vegetable growing techniques -- combining crops, "interplanting, " "vertical gardening" and "succession planting" -- can combine to yield a substantial bounty from even the smallest of backyard garden plots. photo courtesy Getty Images spring crop with a summer crop, such as planting cucumbers-- GOT AN as lettuce, field greens or beets, which thrive in warmer ENVIRONMENTAL with slower-maturing ones like weather--where the peas had QUESTION? winter squash or pole beans, been growing earlier, Another Send it to: EarthTalk, According to the informational form of succession planting c/o "Our Garden Gang" website, involves staggering the planting E/TheEnvironmental mixing tall plants, like sweet of seeds from one specific crop Magazine corn, peas or staked tomatoes, throughout its growing season P.O. Box 5098, with low-growing crops such as to ensure a continuing supply as Westport, CT 06881 melons or radishes, is another long as possible, submit it at: www.emagazine. way to maximize diversity and Some crops particularly well- comlearthtalklthisweekl, or e-mail: yield, suited to succession planting Building on the idea of include bush beans, lettuce, interplanting, Better Homes & spinach and radishes, each Gardens magazine suggests that of which have long growing * * * gardeners combine plants that seasons but can be harvested ,4 handful of patience is worth more produce vines and can be grown after only a few weeks. A related than a bushel of brains. on trellises or fences along with technique would be to plant both • • ~ Dutch Proverb low-growing crops. 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