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Home front: how to grow vegetables; learn to graft


A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a talk with a Slow Food advocate and a class on grafting, a technique that joins plant tissues so they continue growing together.

HOW TO GROW VEGETABLES ... The Los Altos Library will host a book signing by John Jeavons, a Slow Food advocate, on Saturday, Aug. 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jeavons will present a path toward creating a sustainable food system. He will discuss how people can grow their own food on 1 percent of the area used by conventional farming, while building soil and saving water. Jeavons is the Executive Director of Ecology Action, headquartered in Willits. He is known internationally as the author of the best-selling book "How to Grow More Vegetables." For the past 45 years Jeavons has devoted his time to researching, developing and teaching a small-scale, resource-conserving agricultural method known as Grow Biointensive. Saturday's talk is a part of the "Food for the Future, Now Slow Food Speaker Series." The Los Altos Library is located at 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.

LEARN TO GRAFT ... Lyngso Garden Materials in San Carlos will offer "Basics of Grafting," a limited availability clinic on grafting and budding. The Saturday, Aug. 26 class will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants will learn the basic practices and techniques of grafting, and examples of various types of grafting, equipment use, supply sources and references will be discussed. This presentation is geared toward beginners and will include introductory grafting techniques. Instructor Bob Yamamoto has been grafting since 2000. He is self taught. To register, go to

Lyngso Garden Materials is located at 345 Shoreway Road, San Carlos.

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