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18 | November 9, 2017 | Malibu surfside news Sound Off malibusurfsidenews.com Don’t Panic, It’s Organic Andy Lopez Contributing Columnist Invisible Gardener Get ready, because here comes the rain. All signs are pointing to a rainy end of fall and a rainy start of winter. Then will come next year’s rain and rain and rain. Now is the time to prepare for the looming downpour. It will come and go. The Earth will not be able to hold much of it. This is not necessarily bad, but rather good for the ocean, which always needs this rain. It is, however, bad for us humans who do not understand how nature normally uses rain. We have covered much of the Earth with cities, roads and concrete rivers to channel the water out to sea. We need to change how A rainy winter is coming we deal with rain since it is very essential for our property as well as our forests and all living things. We have damaged the natural system that nature has taken a long time to develop. We have destroyed much of the topsoil whose functions include absorbing the rain and channeling it deep into the Earth for later use. Catching the rain is not something for just poor countries but for anyone who is concerned about all this water falling in just one season. There are many ways to keep your water and to allow it to seep into the Earth and many ways to slow down the rain’s march toward the ocean. Homeowners need to use rain barrels and channel the rain that the homes get into these barrels for later use. If you are able to afford building one, build a large tank to channel the water. The tank should be buried with only the top showing. This not only makes it stronger and less subject to earthquake and fire damage, but also hides it to keep it as invisible as possible. These tanks can be hooked into the current sprinkler systems for later use. A simple rain can produce hundreds of gallons of water in a few days. The rain we will receive this fall and winter will be more then enough to last a large home with large property for many months. You can get several rain barrels and hook them together. They can also be hidden. I recommend putting a few rain barrels in the garden and a few in the fruit tree area. You will be surprised how much you can water with these. You also should be preparing the soil to allow it to hold the rain water. Now is the time to apply clean topsoil (compost along with a decent mulch like azalea/gardenia mix). I would also apply rock dust and a organic fertilizer. The rains will come and, if you have down this right, it will get absorbed and go down deeper into the Earth. This will also help with hardpan, though not right away. Many properties have hardpan and do not know it. This is mainly due to improper watering, and that has to change. Trees and lawn need a completely different watering schedule. They should be on a different program in your timer. You should turn off the system during this rainy period. You will be surprised as to how many folks keep their sprinklers on even during the rains! Whireflies this coming spring will likely be very bad, as I do not anticipate a cold winter. Cold winters normally kill off the whiteflies. I notice many plants that have whiteflies now and the owners/gardeners are at a loss as to how to control them. Whiteflies, ants and many other pests as well as diseases will be harder to control in the spring if we have a mild winter. Therefore, we must address the true causes of these pests and diseases now. I have been trying to educate you on the true causes of pests and diseases. It is trace mineral deficiencies. As simple as that. But that is not the true cause. I tell folks that you must deal with the law of cause and effect. This Malibu Glass & Mirror 310.456.1844 Come visit our showroom Windows and Doors Showers and MIrrors Railings and Skylights Screens and Glass Repair Additional Services www.malibuglass.com fax: 310.456.2594 3547 Winter Canyon, Malibu CA 90265 Licensed Contractor #396181 can be confusing, as the true cause is often hidden deeper under many laws of effects. The true cause here is the lack of living topsoil. Living topsoil to me means topsoil that has mycelium and all of the various microorganisms that support it and in turn support all living plants which in turn supports humans, animals, insects and more. Without this living topsoil, the plants will not get the trace minerals they need to be healthy, and no amount of chemical control will solve the problem. I read another study that said both chemical and organic farming methods pollute and therefore are the same. The study says that organic farmers do not know what to do with the manure from their animals and that it causes major runoff and pollution. Hmm, that sounds odd since a good organic farmer will be changing that manure into compost with zero runoff! This study doesn’t seem to care much about the amount of chemical pesticides, etc., being used every year, and certainly doesn’t seem to care much about the damage that it does to the topsoil. This study also continues to state the false assertion that organic farmers cannot feed the Earth’s population and we all would starve. Thanks for reading. Any questions? Email me at andylopez@invisiblegardener. com. Recycles From Page 14 Did you know? America Recycles Day is one of many ways Malibu has established itself as a leader in environmental stewardship. The City’s ongoing public recycling and collection events for batteries, electronic waste, household hazardous waste, and polystyrene foam have allowed it to deliver on a top environmental goal: overall waste reduction. In 2016, Malibu recycled over 325 tons of bottles, cans, paper, and electronic waste. In addition to its recycling efforts, the City has policies to make its own operations greener and is always working on ways to expand these efforts. This includes transitioning to digital files, implementing an integrated pest management policy, and installing water bottle filling stations. The City has long instituted an environmentally friendly purchasing policy that requires among other things that supplies have recycled content whenever possible. Malibu is also reducing emissions of greenhouse gases by using a hybrid and electric vehicles and installing electric charging stations for City vehicles and public use. Malibu has led the way on early adoption of citywide bans on plastic bags and polystyrene foam. Through its ongoing outreach, workshops, special recycling events, and participation in efforts like America Recycles Day, the City provides tools and information to encourage and enable residents to conserve energy and natural resources, and reduce waste.
malibusurfsidenews.com Sound Off Malibu surfside news | November 9, 2017 | 19 Social snapshot Top Web Stories from MalibuSurfsideNews.com as of Monday, Nov. 6 1. Malibu High School battles rat infestation with rodenticides 2. Malibu Divers concoct ‘haunted’ scuba diving course 3. Petition, strong Malibu presence add fire to SMMUSD’s divorce decision 4. Malibu man releases new book on The Beatles 5. Young Malibu musicians, performers bring talent to Arts Angels fundraiser Become a member: malibusurfsidenews.com Chabad of Malibu shared this image Nov. 2, saying: “Rabbi Levi Cunin showing the children the special Torah and giving them the opportunity to kiss it.” Like Malibu Surfside News: facebook.com/malibusurfsidenews Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) tweeted the following on Nov. 2: “Dear Twitter employee who shut down Trump’s Twitter: You made America feel better for 11 minutes. DM me & I will buy you a Pizza Hut pizza.” From the Editor Buckling in for the rest of the ride Lauren Coughlin firstname.lastname@example.org I haven’t been here for the whole Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District unification fight, but I’ve witnessed a solid chunk of it — and I have great admiration for the many residents who have been along for the whole thing. This decision will not have much of an impact on me, aside from the change-up in stakeholders and perhaps a few less tense, late-night meetings to cover. But I know how much it means to Malibu. And the fact that the City Council is weighing in on — and filing a petition on — a School Board matter should demonstrate just how serious the community is about this decision. As Jefferson Wagner highlighted at the special meeting on Oct. 30 (which you can read more about on Page 7), it’s not often that Malibu agrees on an issue. It may have drawn a few laughs at the time, but, as someone who covers City Council, I’ve found that it’s also quite true. I came to know the beliefs of the City Council members during election season, and I know that they have very different views on a lot of things. But from start to finish, all of them have been on board with Malibu having its own school district. That should not be taken lightly. I won’t pretend to know all the reasons that have elevated the debate to this level, but the ones I do know certainly raise some very real concerns. And I do believe that the necessary knowledge has been passed on to the board so that it can make an educated decision on the matter. While the Oct. 30 meeting was not slated to include a vote, I’m quite certain that it was the hope of the Malibu community that the meeting might provide a little bit of direction — ideally, for them, in favor of the split. Instead, the direction was really to just keep exploring the topic. As complicated as the matter is, I can only imagine how frustrating it is to see well-thought out reports sit off to the side as the board explores new routes. I’m not certain that the Malibu Unification Negotiation Committee’s proposal is flawless, but I do know a lot of work went into it. And, while the board itself has a larger proportion of Santa Monica members on it, the MUNC committee offered the opportunity for each community to weigh in. In the long run, whether it’s a yes or a no on unification, there is much work to be done, and compromises will need to be made by both communities. And today’s district structure does raise some rather serious concerns for both communities, as the board heard at the meeting. Can these concerns be addressed in ways other than the split? Perhaps, but there’s also a good reason that the topic has elevated to this level. . One way or another, until a decision has been reached, I have to wonder if there’s going to be room for a lot of progress elsewhere. And when push comes to shove, I’ll be on the edge of my seat along with every other person in the Malibu and Santa Monica communities. But, in either event, that will only be the first step on what is sure to be a long road. Malibu Surfside News Sound Off Policy Editorials and columns are the opinions of the author. Pieces from 22nd Century Media are the thoughts of the company as a whole. Malibu Surfside News encourages readers to write letters to Sound Off. All letters must be signed, and names and hometowns will be published. We also ask that writers include their address and phone number for verification, not publication. Letters should be limited to 400 words. Malibu Surfside News reserves the right to edit letters. Letters become property of Malibu Surfside News. Letters that are published do not reflect the thoughts and views of Malibu Surfside News. Letters can be mailed to: Malibu Surfside News, P.O. Box 6854 Malibu, CA 90264. Fax letters to (310) 457-0936 or email email@example.com. CONVERSATION STARTERS MALIBU SURFSIDE NEWS MalibuSurfsideNews.com Follow Malibu Surfside News: @malibusurfsidenews