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Carbon Sequestering Begins at Loam

 By Paula Henson Have you sequestered your carbon today? Do you even know how to sequester carbon at home? Or where to do it? A garden produces oxygen, grows food, provides shade and all those other amazing things that gardens do. It can also keep that nasty carbon dioxide away from our atmosphere, at least [...]

By | February 3rd, 2015|TerraBLOG|Comments Off on Carbon Sequestering Begins at Loam

Looking at Everything but the Natural Carbon Sink

By Jane Davis The carbon cycle is at the heart of climate change. We have more carbon dioxide entering the atmosphere than leaving it. You know the culprits: deforestation, soil disturbance, the burning of fossil fuels, etc but we haven’t figured out how to regulate these levels of carbon. Carbon exists in many ecosystems. In [...]

By | February 3rd, 2015|TerraBLOG|Comments Off on Looking at Everything but the Natural Carbon Sink

Myco what?

By Paula Henson  What is more effective than roots in absorbing nutrients and water? What has occurred naturally in the soil for over 450 millions years? What is the biggest symbiotic association on Earth? You probably can’t spell it and you might not know how to say it, but plant and soil enthusiasts are finding that mycorrhizae [...]

By | January 27th, 2015|TerraBLOG|Comments Off on Myco what?

It’s Raining! ECLWRF Infiltration Works!

Here's a quick update to the post originally posted on 12/23/09.  The garden has been renovated in November 2014, but the infiltration still is working as designed. Rain cells designed to infiltrate storm water from the Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility roof From December 2009:  It's raining pretty steadily today, so we [...]

By | January 15th, 2015|Case Studies, TerraBLOG, Video|Comments Off on It’s Raining! ECLWRF Infiltration Works!

California HOAs Must Allow Watershed Wise Landscaping

http://youtu.be/hMI4Lr4LMtw Thanks to Assemblywoman Gonzales from Chula Vista, CA, the sponsor of AB 2104, signed into law today by Governor Brown, California HOAs must permanently permit property owners to convert their lawns into California Friendly (Watershed Wise) Landscapes.  HOAs had been side-stepping legislation and local ordinances designed to promote drought-tolerant landscaping that utilizes climate-appropriate plants by making [...]

By | September 18th, 2014|TerraBLOG, Video, We're In The News|Comments Off on California HOAs Must Allow Watershed Wise Landscaping

G3’s Kimberly Alexander Imagines Beautiful Garden

Kudos to G3 Qualified Trainer, Kimberly Alexander, for her award-winning landscape display at the San Diego County Fair.  The garden was funded by San Diego Horticultural Society and the San Diego County Water Authority.  This garden shows people how they too can get a Watershed Wise landscape (known as a WaterSmart Garden in San Diego) by [...]

By | June 12th, 2014|TerraBLOG, Video, We're In The News|Comments Off on G3’s Kimberly Alexander Imagines Beautiful Garden

LA Daily News Boosts Ocean Friendly Gardens

Did you know that every 12 dry days, approximately 3.8 billion gallons of drinking water runs off the paved surfaces of LA County?  That's equal to 1" of rain, or 12 Rose Bowl Stadiums filled with water -- It's A LOT! The LA Daily News highlights Ocean Friendly Gardens and explains how we can change [...]

By | May 16th, 2014|TerraBLOG, We're In The News|Comments Off on LA Daily News Boosts Ocean Friendly Gardens

Hawthorne Has A G3 HOW

G3 leads another Hands on Workshop (HOW).  This time, it's Hawthorne City Hall that gets the benefit of the expertise brought by G3 Qualified Trainers Marianne Simon and Tom Rau, assisted by G3 Certified Professional and activist for Surfrider Foundation, Steve Williams.  Community members, and staffers from the Los Angeles Conservation Corps pitch in and [...]

By | April 25th, 2014|TerraBLOG, Video, We're In The News|Comments Off on Hawthorne Has A G3 HOW

Kids Learn HOW At Palos Verdes High School

Junior AP students from Palos Verdes High School learned HOW to select, place, and install CA native plants during a three-hour Hands on Workshop, led by G3 Qualified Trainers, Tom Rau and Marianne Simon.  The HOW was part of the experience of building an Ocean Friendly Demonstration Garden at PVHS.  The OFG was designed by [...]

By | April 24th, 2014|Design Studio, Hands On Workshops, TerraBLOG, Video, We're In The News|Comments Off on Kids Learn HOW At Palos Verdes High School