Monthly Ventura OFG meeting on third Tuesday of the month,
next meeting on August 19, 2014 – 6:30 to 7:30 pm
at 872 Front Street, Ventura
Loma Vista School
JULY 19, 8am-4pm: Soft Scape and Mulch work date description: Set pathway borders, sheet mulch landscape areas, sheet and shale swales, install shale in paths and compact, dig fence post holes & set posts,remove nascent weeds. Need lots of workers and wheelbarrows for this date.
AUGUST 16, 8am-4pm: Structures work date description (last date prior to kids returning to school): Build gabion benches (wire cages filled with stone or brick with solid top), construct fence, construct bridge, remove nascent weeds.
SEPTEMBER 6, 8am-4pm: Planting work date description (kids back in school 08/19, Labor Day is 09/01): All plants installed, final grooming, remaining structure installations if needed. Prefer lots of children for this date
Dedication Ceremony date TBD.
Ocean Friendly Gardens
Runoff from residential landscapes affects the quality of our oceans and the quality of our lives. The sediment in water reduces clarity; nutrients increase algae populations and red tides; bacteria close beaches; debris can choke and suffocate aquatic species; and pesticides picked up off a landscape can poison fish consumed by humans — all of which degrade the natural beauty, and our enjoyment, of the ocean.
Anyone with a home or business landscape can help prevent this runoff by turning their space into an Ocean Friendly Garden. OFG gardeners apply “CPR” to yards:
C – Conservation – Conserve water and nutrients with properly spaced native & climate appropriate plants.
P – Permeability – Allow air and water to percolate downwards. Healthy soil, mulch, and limited hardscape sponge up water.
R – Retention – Retain water in the ground, not in the streets. Direct rain gutters into low areas in the yard & create curb cuts to capture street flow.
Learn more at surfrider.org/ofg or join Ventura County Surfrider’s OFG Facebook Group. Also check out this write-up on the City of Ventura’s website, which includes a link to a world map of reported Ocean Friendly Gardens.