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Six things to know for the week of March 16

Posted: Monday, March 16, 2015 2:00 am

Six things to know for the week of March 16


1. Your day to kick butts. Wednesday is national Kick Butts Day, a day to empower youths to stand out, speak up and seize control against tobacco. There are two local events. Celebrate the Housing Authority of the City of Frederick’s new smoke-free policy and “pre-quit” classes beginning at 11 a.m. at the Bernard W. Brown Community Center, 629 N. Market St., Frederick. A Tobacco Free 4 Life Rally Against Youth Tobacco Use family event will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Gov. Thomas Johnson Middle School, 1799 Schifferstadt Blvd., Frederick. For details on these events and ways to kick tobacco use, contact the Frederick County Health Department.

2. “Jack Johnson, Rebel Soujourner.” Theresa Runstedtler, associate professor of history at American University, will give a talk about her book, a biography of Jack Johnson, the first African-American world heavyweight champion. The talk will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Hood College, Coblentz Seminar Room, 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick. For details, visit

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Pacific View saved

On March 12, the City of Encinitas offered the public their first walk-through of the former Pacific View Elementary School site. The public got see what their $10 million purchased.

Closed since 2003, the 2.8-acre property was saved from the auction block and a future wall of ocean-view condos — by a last-minute deal in 2014, brokered between the city and the Encinitas Union School District.

Over 40 people showed up to inspect, listen, and share ideas on possible plans for the property. The impetus for saving the school, besides keeping public land out of the hands of private developers, was to turn the bluff-top complex into a community arts center.

Perhaps the most jubilant visitor was Scott Chatfield. It was Chatfield who created the website ( that rallied the community, packed public meetings with supporters, and eventually, with only a few days remaining, stopped the auction and brought the district and the city together in negotiations.

So far, the city seems to be heading in the direction of an arts center. Ed Deane, the city’s deputy director of engineering, said, “The city currently has out a request for proposal for architectural services, to develop plans to make it code compatible, and an inhabitable shell.” The city may look into bringing in a partner to operate the space as a “living museum and cultural art center.”

Artist Danny Salzhandler was perhaps the most vocal of area artists for saving the school. As director of the 101 Artist Colony and the Arts Alive Foundation, he said he hopes for the establishment of a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization to operate of the center, “where all the city’s art organizations would have a seat at the table.”

“Each classroom could soon be a working studio,” Salzhandler said, as he pointed out the possibility of three centuries of education: the original 1883 school house still on the property, the 1950s elementary school, and now a 21st century arts center.

Joining Salzhandler was artist Julia C. R. Gray. Gray was also invested in saving the property, as she had three sons who attended Pacific View Elementary. Her hope is that an artist-in-residency program would be established.

Deane pointed out to the group that in 2016, the city will begin developing a master plan for the entire property. Encinitas TV producer Meredythe Dee Winter hopes to see a state-of the-art media center for TV, music recordings, theater, and performing arts built on the portion of vacant land that was once the school’s playground and parking lot; that portion now serves as leased storage to Leucadia Towing, Encinitas Glass, and the school district’s landscaping equipment.

Built in the 1950s, the seven classrooms seem to have weathered the 12-year vacancy quite well (despite the few broken exterior windows, graffiti, and exterior façade rot). One sign of changing times; large green chalkboards remain in each classroom; in today’s schools, chalk has been replaced by whiteboards.

The school land was originally donated to the community for “public use” in 1883. In the sale to the city, a deed restriction was included for the town’s original one-room schoolhouse, now a museum operated by the Encinitas Historical Society. The building must remain in perpetuity at its location on the corner of E and 4th Streets, the southwest corner of the property.

Working as an arts center sub-committee, city councilpersons Lisa Shaffer and Tony Kranz will update the council and community at the council’s meeting on April 8.

Scott Chatfield

Footnote: Leucadia resident Scott Chatfield is no stranger to quickly organizing the public and changing a bureaucracy’s direction. In 2008, Chatfield posted a “Save the 760 area code” website that generated support from every local business group and elected official, the Marines at Camp Pendleton, along with 6500 residents. The California Public Utilities Commission eventually relented, thus retaining the 760 area code for North County and the Palm Springs/desert areas.

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Residents share wishes, ideas for Dover’s future

DOVER — Sunday afternoon, Dover Listens wrapped up its three weeks of “Warm Cookies and Community” with a look to the future, after the two previous events examining the early history of Dover and the effect various ethnic groups had on Dover’s growth and current image.

Host Rod Doherty welcomed the largest group yet of participants.

Several speakers presented their views and predictions for the years to come. One of the larger groups of suggestions came from the 4th grade students of Deb Calabrese at the Horne Street.

Intelligent and insightful recommendations included:

—Opportunities to fish and relax

—An astronaut museum named after me, a Dover resident

—An indoor sports center, it will help the citizens and make money by charging

—More businesses in Dover, so I won’t be like my Dad and have to travel far away to work.

—A river park

—Taller buildings down town so we can have more green space

—More landscaping in Dover, by upgrading the landscaping, it will be upgrading Dover.

Dover Planner and New Hampshire Professional Planner for 2014 Steve Bird spoke at length explaining the workings of the Planning Department and answering a myriad of questions.

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9-year-old Horne Street School 4th grader Grace Blanchette addressing Dover Listens Warm Cookies and Community. (Cole/Democrat photo)

Said one participant, “I have a feeling we are trying to be like Portsmouth. I don’t go there because it is so congested.”

Another comment about Dover’s neighboring city: “We don’t need to try to be that, we are better than they are.”

Bird explained that one of best things for Dover is flexible zoning, allowing people to work and live downtown. “A lot of people want to live downtown,” he said.

A question was asked about the growing population in Dover, and wouldn’t that cause businesses to move up the road a bit. Bird agreed and said that is a slow process, and would affect the gateway streets to the city.

Discussion took place of types of housing, Bird said “everybody’s perception of housing types is different.”

With respect to the amount of Dover’s workforce housing compared to other Seacoast communities, Bird said without numbers in front of him, “all communities have a responsibility to have reasonably priced housing.”

Dover Listens Chair Michele Hold-Shannon posed a few headlines that could be seen in Dover’s future like “The Best Place To Raise Your Family and Grow Old.”

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Arthur Burke addressing participants in Dover Listens Warm Cookies and Community. (Cole/Democrat photo)

She asked those in the room to give suggestions. Some were: “Waterfront Completed” alluding to the long process to bring something viable to the Dover Riverfront. This brought a large number of chuckles.

“Dover: Come, Work, and Play.”

“More Seniors Grow Old In Dover.”

“Dover, America’s Healthiest City.”

Resident Arthur Burke addressed several of the suggestions and plugged in his feelings that the major thing that will hold progress from Dover’s grasp it the housing tax rate that he addressed as 63 percent. Without some sort of state wide tax, income or sales, we’re going nowhere he said. “The old ways won’t work,” said Burke.

Bird went on to advise people the most important thing to do to help the community is to find a municipal position and help out.

Mayor Weston and Councilors McManus and O’Connor were present Sunday. Weston echoed Bird’s comments, “Ideas today could be tomorrow’s reality,” she said.

Fourth-grader Grace Blanchette shared her vision for the future. “We need more fund-raisers, so that we can help the poor.”

Dover Listen’s Chair Holt-Shannon called the Warm Cookies and Community “a huge success, we’ll make it a tradition.”

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Presentation on Small Space Indoor Gardens at the Park Forest Public Library …

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Indoor Garden

Limited Seating – Registration Required

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—March 17, 2015. Join us at the Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard, on Friday, March 20 at 1 p.m. for an afternoon of helpful tips and new ideas for indoor gardening. We have invited landscaping guru Tina Turner from Dutch Barn Landscaping to share her expertise and creativity to show how you can to turn an interior wall in your home or apartment into a living green space.

This program will be presented in our newly designed Community Commons. There is no charge for this program and it is opened to the public. Seating is limited so registration is required. Click here to register and here to view the flier for more information.


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Green developments: How Asheville’s public housing communities are leading …

The 2015 Get It! Guide will be on stands March 17. 

For a long time, the far corner lot in Pisgah View Apartments was nothing more than an abandoned baseball field where weeds grew taller than many of the neighborhood’s children. The space was filled with trash, empty bottles and tough red clay — and couldn’t be more different from what’s there now. Today that same lot is home to rich brown soil, tidy rows of vegetables and flowers, a greenhouse, a cob oven and even a few fig trees.

In the growing season, the Pisgah View Community Peace Garden, as the former baseball field is now called, is a gathering spot for community get-togethers where neighbors plant zinnias and cook sweet potato pies in the sunshine. Year-round, the garden serves as a source of agriculture-based employment for Pisgah View residents, including Sir Charles Gardner and Carl Johnson Jr., who sell the garden’s yield at farmers markets and to local restaurants.

The garden is a spot for nutrition lessons and cooking demonstrations and for neighbors to gather together to harvest fresh produce — and it may not be the image that comes to mind for many when they think of public housing in Asheville.

More than 3,000 people live in the developments owned by the Housing Authority of the City of Asheville. These communities are mostly located in the city’s far corners or isolated neighborhoods, out of sight for many Asheville denizens. The result is a geographic and social isolation that has led to an idea of these neighborhoods as places of violence and filth where the sustainability practices championed in the rest of the city go ignored.

But residents of public housing, and the agencies that aid their efforts, say that perception simply isn’t true. These communities are home to environmental stewardship, they say, as well as eco-friendly youth-education programs, green jobs and an invested interest in their residents’ welfare that is only growing.

Getting started early

Interns in Asheville GreenWorks’ Pigeon River Youth Environmental Program. Photo courtesy of Asheville GreenWorks

HACA estimates that 1,313 children ages 17 and younger live in Asheville’s public housing sites as of December 2014. Because low-income communities often face barriers that limit access to green space — both physically and socially — that’s a sizable population of potential environmentalists who may never have the chance to truly appreciate the outdoors.

“A lot of kids aren’t interested in science — not just environmental science, but all science,” notes Dewana Little, community engagement coordinator at Asheville GreenWorks. “They might hear about the importance of the environment in their biology classes, but with everything else going on in their lives, they might not absorb that.”

To encourage environmental education, GreenWorks began offering a paid internship program open to youths ages 16 to 19 who live in public housing neighborhoods. The interns’ job is to collect information on water quality in streams near the developments, determine how the streams are linked to conditions in the neighborhoods and create activities to teach younger children about the importance of their findings.

“When we get them out in the creeks, they’re able to make those connections and see why this is important and how what happens in their communities affects the whole environment,” Little says. “A lot of the kids haven’t had the opportunity to have that kind of hands-on experience. They don’t know if they care about something until you give them the opportunity to be a part of it.”

Eric Bradford, GreenWorks’ volunteer coordinator, adds that having the older kids teach the younger kids is also a powerful tool. “When I come into that neighborhood, I’m just this super-old guy talking about the environment, and it’s lip service,” he says. “But these guys grew up in that neighborhood, and the younger kids know them. And, of course, they’re cool because they’re 16 to 19 years old.”

Little, who also serves as vice president of the Erskine-Walton Apartments Residents’ Council, says the interns’ efforts are inspiring plenty of adults too. “You’re starting to hear people say, ‘Y’all come pick up this trash,’ or ‘Don’t throw that trash down in my yard.’”

As part of the program, GreenWorks also organized community cookouts where the interns led trash pickups and environmentally themed games in late summer 2014. “After our cleanup last August in Livingston and Erskine-Walton, we went back through there in November to see if the cleanup was sustained,” Little says. “It was still clean. It caught on. Kids come up to me now with bags of recycling.”

But GreenWorks’ program isn’t just about cleaning up the streams and getting the trash off the ground. Bradford says the real goal of the 100-hour internship is career building — encouraging teens from low-income communities to engage in college-level work and consider careers in urban conservation.

“We’re looking to plant the seed of an idea that says, ‘This is an option. When you go into the workforce, you can consider this type of work,’” Bradford says. “These job opportunities exist, and you can do them right here in Asheville. You can do this kind of work a mile from your house.”

The green kids on the block

Students in the Kitchen Ready program at GO receive their ServSafe credentials before graduation
Students in the Kitchen Ready program at GO receive their ServSafe credentials before graduation. Photo by Carrie Eidson

Asheville’s Southside neighborhood was once a bustling black business district, though much of this changed with the urban renewal projects of the 1950s and ’70s. Today that neighborhood, sandwiched between the growing economic areas around A-B Tech, the River Arts District and Mission Hospital, houses several public housing communities, including Lee Walker Heights, Bartlett Arms and Livingston and Erskine-Walton apartments.

When you look around this neighborhood now, a lot of what you see is isolation — both racial and economic, notes Billy Schweig, mission advancement director at Green Opportunities. GO, which launched in 2009, is a job-training program that operates out of the Arthur R. Edington Education and Career Center, formerly known as the W.C. Reid Center, a LEED-certified building located right by Livingston and Erskine-Walton apartments with historic significance to the Southside community.

“All that development that’s happening — we’re smack in the middle of it,” Schweig says. “And yet, there’s a ridiculously high unemployment and poverty rate surrounded by all this money filtering in and out.”

GO seeks to place residents of low-income communities into “green collar” jobs. The organization’s job training programs, including its two main programs, Built Environment and Kitchen Ready, cover eco-centric fields such as green construction, landscaping, culinary arts, building science, urban agriculture and weatherization.

Schweig notes that the programs are designed to get GO students to take sustainability concepts and apply them to the private sector. In the last six years, GO has placed 205 trainees in jobs that averaged $10.30 an hour, and in 2014, 47 of its 56 graduates went on to permanent jobs or paid apprenticeships.

“We consider almost any job to be a ‘green job’ as long as it’s benefiting environmental or economic health in low-income communities,” Schweig notes. “We define sustainability really broadly because environmental sustainability is pretty much meaningless without social and economic sustainability.”

The organization itself has also been a source of full-time employment for current and former public housing residents, including Anna-Marie Smith, GO’s recruitment and support coordinator — though Smith says when she first heard of the job training programs, she “didn’t fall for it.”

Greening up the neighborhood: Anna-Marie Smith is the recruitment and support coordinator for Green Opportunities.
Greening up the neighborhood: Anna-Marie Smith is the recruitment and support coordinator for Green Opportunities. Photo by Carrie Eidson

“I was young, I was working in retail, making a little bit of money,” Smith recalls. “When they pitched it to me, I was like, ‘No thanks.’” But Smith says she came back looking for a way to branch out from the “stereotypical, female-oriented” jobs that retail offered and find something more interesting than selling shoes. She excelled in the training and was well-liked by her peers, serving as “a bridge” between her classmates and the instructors.

After graduation, GO offered Smith a chance to stay on full time in a capacity she had already proved herself in — being the go-to person for other students. On a day-to-day basis, Smith coordinates GO’s efforts to support trainees beyond the classroom by helping them with issues that come up in their lives — other jobs, transportation, funding for school, a need for legal representation, access to food — so they can concentrate on the program.

For Smith, who grew up in and out of Asheville’s public housing, it’s a way to take her experience and use it to inform others. “I always let them know that you can trust me because I’ve been here all my life and I can tell you the ins and outs,” Smith says. “From the people with the most advantages to the people with the least advantages in this city, I can help you get to where you want to be, if you really want to go.”

And Smith says that’s what the program really offers — a fair chance to move your life forward. For Smith, her job gave her the stability to transition out of public housing and the inspiration to go to college to study human resources and someday “run the whole show” at Green Opportunities.

“It’s really all through the grace of GO,” Smith says. “We all are here because of the same thing. We’re just trying to advance ourselves. This is the fair shot that everybody deserves.”

Welcome to the neighborhood

Ms. Sheila is a cooking instructor at the Resource Center at Hillcrest Apartments
A seat at the table: Sheila Dixon leads the cooking class at the Resource Center at Hillcrest Apartments. The group creates meals from scratch, trying out new recipes or sometimes “just figuring it out as we go along,” Dixon says. Photo by Carrie Eidson

If you never thought to connect community gardens and green jobs with public housing, you might not be alone. For many people in Asheville, public housing conjures up images of gunshots, drug deals and trash, says Nicole Hinebaugh, program director at the Women’s Wellbeing and Development Foundation.

“I think when people come into public housing they have this belief ahead of time about how it’s going to be,” Hinebaugh says. “But if you come into a place like Hillcrest, you see sweet grannies rocking on their front porches and kids playing in the trees or in the basketball games. People are often surprised.”

For Hinebaugh and WWDF, part of supporting sustainability is addressing general welfare, which means overcoming the feelings of isolation and neglect that have seeped into Asheville’s public housing communities.

“Their voices aren’t heard,” Hinebaugh says of public housing residents. “People aren’t paying attention to what’s going on for them and aren’t consulting with them about decisions that affect them. It’s allowed to continue because the public either doesn’t know or doesn’t care.”

Hinebaugh says many in Asheville never visit public housing neighborhoods or know anyone who lives there. It’s a separation that has had a reciprocal effect as well, she says — creating resident mistrust toward nonprofits and other outside groups that have started — and in many cases abandoned — numerous public welfare projects in the public housing communities.

“After that happens enough times, there’s a real wariness that develops toward people that come in from the outside,” Hinebaugh says. “There’s an attitude of, ‘Well, when are they going to leave? Because everybody eventually leaves.’”

To address that barrier, WWDF started the Hillcrest Resource Center. The center provides a space for outside organizations and services such as MANNA FoodBank, OnTrack WNC, Mountain Housing Opportunities, Just Economics and Pisgah Legal Services to offer programs on leadership, tenants rights, how to sign up for food stamps or how to fill out tax returns.

“The resource center has been there for three years, [WWDF] has been [in Hillcrest] for over four years,” Hinebaugh says. “People know us, and they trust us. So they don’t already have to have a relationship with OnTrack to access the services OnTrack is providing because it’s coming through a trusted source.”

The resource center is also a space for cooking, crafting, yoga, youth empowerment, and herbs and wellness classes, most of which are led by residents. The programs are creating social networks, providing kids with more activities and, most importantly, Hinebaugh says, allowing for choices. “The fact that I know I can go to yoga if I want to makes me feel better about my community, even if I’m not accessing it,” she says. “That’s true in other communities in Asheville, and it’s true in public housing.”

Another part of WWDF’s mission is to bring the public into public housing. The organization helped to launch Juneteenth, a community celebration in Hillcrest that honors the end of slavery in the United States with games, food, live music and entertainment — to which the greater Asheville community is invited.

“Once the public realizes these are families whose quality of life, work and dignity matters, whose access to basic needs matters, that the way they’re being treated by their landlord, it matters,” Hinebaugh says. “Once more of the public becomes aware, we’ll begin to see pressure put on these issues that will help the residents move out of marginalization.”

A greener future

The annual Juneteenth celebration at Hillcrest features games, food, music and dancing
The annual Juneteenth celebration at Hillcrest features games, food, music and dancing. Photo courtesy of Women’s Wellbeing and Development Foundation

Green initiatives in Asheville’s public housing are coming off of many advancements in 2014, with more efforts planned for the coming year.

GreenWorks is working on planting fruit orchards in at least two of the developments as a potential source of community revenue, with hopes of partnering with Ujamaa Freedom Market in the Hillcrest community. But an even bigger issue for the organization is bringing recycling to all public housing communities. The city of Asheville currently does not provide recycling services to large apartment complexes, and though private companies collect recyclables in six of the nine public housing developments, the service is not currently offered in Pisgah View, Deaverview or Klondyke.

“It’s not a good look when you drive through Asheville and you see, on this side of the street is the blue recycling bins, and on this side of the street there is nothing,” Little says. “It tells you, ‘Ah, here is where the underserved community is.’ And if you live in that neighborhood, it feels like, ‘Why can’t we have recycling? What makes us different?’” GreenWorks is working on a long-term proposal to gather recyclables and use the sale of the raw materials to fund more community activities.

WWDF is focusing on the national conversion of public housing funding to Rental Assistance Demonstration, which will utilize a Section 8 platform. Hinebaugh says, in the long term, RAD may allow for a switch to cooperative housing, where residents may purchase their own housing unit. The organization hopes to work with HACA to launch a pilot cooperative housing program in Asheville.

With the first phase of renovation completed at the Edington Center, GO can focus on its new community garden that harvests collected rain water to grow food for its industrial kitchen. The kitchen then allows GO students, with the occasional help of guest chefs from Asheville restaurants such as The Admiral, Chestnut and Rhubarb, to offer free lunches to the community four days a week. The meals are open to anyone and donations are accepted for the program.

But GO’s garden doesn’t stop there. Any excess yield will go to a planned community grocery store within the Edington Center — bringing fresh produce to the Southside food desert where residents would otherwise trek long distances to purchase food at supermarkets or settle for buying their groceries at a gas station. “We want this to be a space for the community to network and learn from each other,” Schweig says of the organization’s remodeled space. “We want this to serve as a model for how not to gentrify a neighborhood.”

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Gardening tips with Malcolm Campbell

Stunning Stephanotis (Madagascar Jasmine) flowers.

Stunning Stephanotis (Madagascar Jasmine) flowers.
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Tip prune the vines

Prune long canes on creepers and climbing vines - but not Smarty Pants Bougainvilleas.

Prune long canes on creepers and climbing vines – but not Smarty Pants Bougainvilleas.
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LAST week I mentioned the need to tip prune the long canes on all manner of creepers and climbing vines and I mentioned Bougainvilleas that need that prune as well; there is one Bougainvillea that I forgot to mention that does not want it’s canes tipped back and that is the stunning ‘Smarty Pants’ as it only flowers from its strong upright canes, but that is the exception.

Westringia hedges.

Westringia hedges.
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Spotted mite on Westringia

I HAVE seen a lot of what look to be dead patches in densely planted westringia hedges of both the two popular species and the ‘Smokey’ variegated grey cultivar. The culprit is a tiny mite similar to two-spotted mite and may even be that mite. You can recognise mites if you look really closely and see small webs and tiny creatures (with a x10 hand lens) on the undersides of the leaves. They seldom kill the plants but they look dead. Remedy is to spray with David Grays Kelthane (yes it is still available) or Mavrik for heavy infestations or Natrasoap at the softer end for isolated patches of damage. Once control has been gained trim the ‘dead looking’ patches back and spray with Eco-Oil or wettable sulphur to protect the new shoots.

Passion vine suckers

I OFTEN get asked about passion vines that are not producing fruit but they seem quite healthy. My first reaction is to look for root stock shoots and any digging around a passion vine will encourage these growths often called suckers. When they climb through the light green canopy of a named cultivar such as ‘Nellie Kelly’ the rootstock canes are easily detected as they have quite grey leaves and can be plucked off at soil level; of course they keep coming. You need to keep removing these grey leaf suckers or the vigour in your named cultivar or scion will suffer.


STEPHANOTIS floribunda or “Madagascar Jasmine” is a robust evergreen twining climber that thrives on local soils when planted in an aspect that only gets reflected sunlight, such as on a veranda facing south. Their fragrant white flowers in large clusters are a real treat from mid spring to early autumn. For those who find the winter flowering jasmine (J. polyanthus) a little overpowering this is the ideal alternative.

Agapanthus flowers.

Agapanthus flowers.
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MOSTgardeners love or hate Agapanthus; I don’t find many uncommitted gardeners on that score. If you love them and want to improve their flower quality now is the ideal time to feed them and if necessary, divide old clumps and replant the younger outside growths. Any ‘complete garden fertiliser’ with an N-P-K of about 8-2-8 is ideal. Slugs and snails love to hide in amongst their leaves too, so if you are able to spread some snail baits and water your clumps up, you will get the upper hand.

Apple hedge row

I KNOW the tedium of trying to create an apple espalier or any other fruit tree espaliered for that matter; however a short cut to a similar productive outcome in limited-space gardens, is to hedge them. Easily trimmed using hedge trimmers a few times a year and they are still productive in a half metre wide drive side strip. Once you have fruit set, the leaves can be thinned enough to allow fruit to ripen and in the case of apples, to colour up.

Backyard capsicums

I REMEMBER filming a segment for Gardening Australia some years ago in a market garden that grew hectares of huge capsicums in open fields. When offered a coffee back at the homestead in a break, I noticed a really well kept vegetable garden at the back door with capsicums and corn, tomatoes and French beans growing to perfection and asked the market gardener, ‘why grow capsicums when you have hectares of them over the back fence?’ He replied that ‘those thick skinned capsicums were pretty tasteless compared to old open pollinated types with thin skins’. That sounds like a good enough reason to grow your own next spring!

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Gardening tips with Malcolm Campbell

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