November 2014

News Archive

Betty Nostrand, Editor
Ann Rivenes, Publisher

Co-President's Letter

I'm writing this letter from South Shore in Tahoe where the weather is really more fall like than when I left the Valley last week. The aspens have all turned yellow and the temperature has been in the 50s - a welcome relief from the heat we have been having lately. My winter greens have been under shade cloth and I have been enjoying green smoothies for a month. I can't wait to get home and plant more broccoli and spinach, which I may have to tent if the weather finally turns cold. I can't seem to get it quite right. Planting things on time is such a challenge.

Let's look to the month ahead. We will still be deadheading at Hansen Park for a little while longer. Gardening in California seems to have tasks that last the whole year. Now we are spending more time inside and my task is centerpieces for the family Thanksgiving and cooking and canning this year's harvest. No fresh tomatoes for Thanksgiving this year, but hope springs eternal for next year. I hope you all are having a great time inside and outside and I'm looking forward to seeing you at the November meeting WHICH WILL BE BACK AT ALISAL IN PLEASANTON. till then,

Tia, Co-President

Misc. Items of Interest

...Back Yard Harvest is a high school project to harvest trees of excess fruit. All fruit will be donated to Open Heart Kitchen for the school lunch program. For more information, please contact coordinator Pam Silliman, 925-998-1522,

...Connie DaRocha will no longer be taking gloves or knives orders. She has spoken to Shelli Mitchell the Rep from A.M. Leonard, that she dealt with and Shelli will be more than glad to take orders. We will receive a discount on orders. Atlas Nitrile Gloves in all colors are $6.92, regular price is $8.99 and the Leonard Deluxe Soil knife is $16.95 regular cost is $21.99. These prices do not include shipping and handling. In order to receive the discount please contact Shelli Mitchell at 1-888-558-8665 ex178 or email If you are thinking about Holiday gifts you might want to order early for better color section on gloves. (Thank you Connie for handling this all these years!)

Remodeling your garden?

Create a wish list to better understand how you actually want to use your property. Consider atmosphere, activities, and features.

The front yard has become a welcoming entryway as well as a comfortable living space. Consider how your front yard could function if you treated it as your back yard.

Use plants to soften the appearance of a driveway and make it part of the landscape.

From "Landscaping Ideas that Work" by Julie Moir Messervy.


Livermore Valley Garden Club (LAVGC) serving the Tri-Valley: Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, Sunol, and San Ramon