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Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

October, 2008
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Pumpkin Carving Demonstrations
Boo at the L.A. Zoo festivities, October 25-26, will include demonstrations of innovative pumpkin carving on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (See examples on http://www.masterpiecepumpkins.com.) The event includes giant pumpkin patch, eerie crafts, Freaky Fun House, tasty treats, face painting, wacky mirrors, and amusement zone. Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens is at 5333 Zoo Drive. For more info, call (323) 644-4200; or go to: http://activities.lazoo.org.

Clever Gardening Technique

Garbage Can Tops
Tops of garbage cans, especially plastic ones with no handles, make easy-to-scoot-around receptacles for weeds or harvested fruits and vegetables. Unlike larger and heavier bucket-shaped containers, these won't mar delicate plants as you work along ground covers. Their broad, shallow surfaces make them perfect for harvesting delicate vegetables and fruits that are best kept in a single layer.

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