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April 10, 2018 > Local Ecology and Agriculture Fremont (LEAF) updates

Local Ecology and Agriculture Fremont (LEAF) updates

Submitted By Mia Mora

Plant Marigold for Bees
We had a surprisingly cold March, so frost is still possible. Watch the weather forecasts and only plant summer veggies like tomatoes, peppers and eggplant when the chance of frost is over.

This month sow flowers. Bees are attracted to alyssum, bachelor buttons, calendula, cosmos, forget-me-nots, marigolds, snapdragons, sunflowers, sweet peas, verbena, and zinnias. Did you know bees cannot see red? Choose varieties with their favorite colors: bright blue, violet, white, yellow and orange.

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Planter News
Boy Scout Zubayr Mohammad, is building 16 half-size planters as his Eagle Scout Service Project. He and several fellow Scouts from Troop 111 have been working every weekend since February. TheyÕve dug up the gravel, placed the gopher mesh, corner blocks, and the first level of wood planks with cuts for irrigation pipes.

The new planters will be finished in time for late spring planting. There are standard planters (4Õx12Õx18Õ) available for rent. If you are interested in renting a planter, contact LEAF Center Garden Supervisor leafgardensup@gmail.com

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Frozen out
Over 60% of our tomato and flower starts we sowed perished in that bizarre freeze at the end of February so we had to sow seeds all over again. WeÕre waiting for some warm sunny days to grow, grow, grow our little seedlings in time for our big veggie seedling sale at Earth Day on Sunday, April 22nd. Our customers tell us they get fantastic results with our seed starts!

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Join the Stone Gardeners!
Get hands-on gardening experience at LEAFÕs Permaculture Garden where we practice many sustainable agriculture techniques while growing food to donate to the food bank. Join us at the garden every week on Saturday mornings (weather permitting) 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Sign up to volunteer. C.R. Stone Garden is located at 55 Mowry Avenue, behind the Mission Valley Veterinary Clinic.

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Introduction to Beekeeping Classes
LEAFÕs Beekeeper will be conducting a series of classes for people interested in learning about beekeeping. Classes will have hands on experience. All classes will be held on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to Noon at LEAF C.R. Stone Garden, Fremont.

Cost is $25 per class. Proceeds help support the LEAF Apiary and year-round cuisine for the bees! See details and register online FremontLeaf.org Events & Workshops. Veil and gloves will be provided. Recommend wearing light colored clothing; loose long sleeve shirt, long pants, socks up to your pants, and boots. Please park to the side of the Vet Clinic.

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