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A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including tips on cleaning garages, an upcoming container garden class at Gamble Garden and how to sign up for a community-garden plot.

TIME FOR A GARAGE CLEANOUT ... If you're one of those people who needs a "day" to get motivated to clean your garage, how about National Clean Out Your Garage Day on Saturday, Sept. 9? Many garbage-collection companies offer a free pickup of over-sized items or extra trash cans if you call ahead, or you could rent a Dumpster, hire a junk-removal service, or post your available "free" items on social media. Or, how about a garage sale?

CONTAINER GARDEN CLASS ... Create a long-lasting living container garden in autumn colors. Baylor Chapman, author of "The Plant Recipe Book" and founder of Lila B. Design, will demonstrate how to combine sturdy plants with temporary ones to create an ever-changing miniature landscape. The class will be held at Gamble Garden on Saturday, Sept. 23, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Chapman's work has appeared in Sunset and Better Homes and Gardens magazines. She has been a guest on PBS's "Growing a Greener World" and a DIY expert on HGTV's online network. To register, go to gamblegarden.org. Cost is $80 for members (Use code IRIS), $95 for non-members. All class materials are included in the fee. Gamble Garden is located at 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.

ITCHING TO GARDEN? ... If you live in Palo Alto and want to garden or try to grow vegetables but you don't have enough space at home, consider signing up for a community-garden plot. Scattered throughout the city are plots of land dedicated to providing residents with a place to dig their hands into the soil and plant vegetables, flowers and herbs. If you are interested in applying for a garden plot, email the Community Garden Coordinator at catherine.bourquin@cityofpaloalto.org. Provide your home address and a daytime phone number. You will be added to the wait list and then contacted to discuss available plots.

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