Did you know that many of the world’s biggest commercial crops – like potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, sweet and hot peppers and tobacco – come from the same family of plants? And that some important (and in some cases irreplaceable) drugs like scopolamine, atropine, nicotine and capsaicin are also produced by those plants? The solanaceous or Nightshade family of plants was the focus of a special member tour led by Dr. Doug Kalish, a biology PhD and longtime Gamble volunteer. Dr. …

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Learn how to make seedling pots from newspaper. Newspaper seedling pots are inexpensive and earth-friendly. In addition, they help minimize transplant shock when seedlings are ready to be planted in the ground.

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Tips on growing your own native pollinator habitat, by landscape architect and Primrose Way Pollinator Garden founder Juanita Salisbury.

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Have you ever wondered what to do with all your kitchen or garden waste? Why not get started with composting? Gamble Garden recently hosted a composting workshop in conjunction with Greenwaste of Palo Alto and Santa Clara County’s Composting Education Program. Participants learned the basics of composting and received free bags of OMRI certified organic compost. If you missed the workshop and want to catch up, here are a few basics to get you started: What is compost? Compost is organic …

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