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12 | April 12, 2018 | Malibu surfside news news malibusurfsidenews.com Photo Op Malibu resident and Surfside freelancer Suzy Demeter shared this photo of sea lions lounging on rocks during her Feb. 20 hike up Point Dume. Want your photo to appear in our newspaper? Email lauren@ malibusurfsidenews. com. Families United for Recovery teaches parents and families how to quickly regain connection with their loved ones and become their best chance for addiction recovery. City’s spring programs cater to all ages, interests Submitted by the City of Malibu Sign-ups are now open for the City of Malibu Community Services Department’s spring community programs. Starting April 10, enthusiastic instructors were to bring energy and life to fun, educational, and enriching Parent and Me, Youth and Adult classes. Parent and Me Classes promote bonding between a parent and child, while developing cognitive, social and motor skills. Spring programs will include weekly morning classes in gymnastics, art, dance, soccer, music, outdoor education, Spanish, American Sign Language and animals. The six-week courses start the week of April 23. Park Tales promotes literacy and a love for reading. The program is held at 10 a.m. at Malibu Bluffs Park. Upcoming events are the Soccer Storytime with Super Soccer Stars on May 1 and the Animal Adventure with Parker Anderson Enrichment on June 5. Participants will hear stories, sing songs and enjoy a snack while enjoying the outdoors and beautiful views at Bluffs Park. Park Tales is offered in partnership with the County of Los Angeles Public Library, Malibu branch. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Youth Classes help children in grades K-5 benefit from an active educational program while developing social skills, motor skills, coordination and self-expression. The weekly classes include gymnastics, jewelry making, soccer, Peace Talk Circles, songwriting and ballet. The courses are six weeks and start the week of April 23. Adult Classes encourage an active lifestyle for adults of all ages and abilities. Spring programs include beginner and intermediate dog training, ballroom dance classes with MC Callaghan, Tai Chi, writing with Robert Kerbeck, social dance classes with Erin Durand, and Modern Calligraphy. Classes start April 23. Some classes are a six-week series and some are individual and offered every week. For more information, call the Community Services Department at (310) 317-1364 or email AFiori@ MalibuCity.org. To register for a program online, visit MalibuCity.org/Register and click the “Community Classes” button on the left. Online registration is not available for all classes. For inquiries about instructing a new class, contact Adrianna Fiori at (310) 456- 2489 ext. 239. WEEKLY MEETINGS Learn alternative approaches for families to use where connection rather than detachment is emphasized. Wednesday's from 6:30PM - 8PM VISIT OUR WEBSITE OR CALL! familiesunitedforrecovery.com (424) 203-4569 MEETING SPACE PROVIDED BY MONTHLY WORKSHOPS These 1 day workshops focus on learning the most powerful tools and keys to Family Recovery. 28955 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 200 Malibu, CA 90265 Malibu Library employees Debbie Pierson (left) and Insley Julier interact with the children during a 2017 session of Park Tales at Malibu’s Bluffs Park. 22nd Century Media File Photo
malibusurfsidenews.com Sound Off Malibu surfside news | April 12, 2018 | 13 Don’t Panic, It’s Organic Tips for growing picture-perfect roses Andy Lopez Contributing Columnist Invisible Gardener Having beautiful roses is not impossible, nor hard. There are seven basic tips that you need to follow. 1. First up is giving some attention to the soil. If you want any chance of winning first prize in the rose-growing contest, you must have living soil. I talk a lot about this — and for good reason. Imagine if your stomach was not functioning properly. How long would you stay healthy? It is the same with roses or anything else that grows out of the soil. I like to tell folks that you must buy “live” compost for a reason. Compost, if properly made, will contain not only have living microbial life, but also the proper sources of trace minerals required by both microbes and plants. Using BioChar will help to increase the carbon in the soil needed by the microbes to process the minerals. Carbon would normally be available if there were regular fires. Fires are Mother Nature’s way of adding the much-needed carbon into the soil. Carbon is also available in other ways: from the air, from decaying plant and animal life, from rocks and other sources normally found in the soil. I use the word normally because we no longer live in a normal world. You should learn how to properly use not only BioChar, but also mulch. Woodchips are not mulch. I suggest you use an acid mulch for growing in California because the soil is so alkaline. By the way, oak leaf mold is an excellent soil amendment but is hard to find unless your neighbor is throwing it away. 2. Genetics are important. Grow roses that are fit for your area. Growing roses that are bred for other areas will only lead to trouble. So buy from your local nursery instead of through catalog unless you follow their instructions as to picking roses. Many folks buy what they like regardless of where it can grow. 3. Nutrition is also very important. Proper access to minerals is key to healthy soil and plant growth. All diseases originate in the soil. They are there waiting for the proper conditions. It is the role of the microbial life to process the minerals into a form that is then available to the plants. They transfer the minerals through the root hairs to the plants. Trace mineral deficiency is the No. 1 cause of many pests and diseases in plants, animals and humans. All living things need the proper trace minerals to function as a healthy being. It is also important not to use chemical fertilizers, as they destroy the microbial life. It destroys the plant’s root hairs. Chemicals are absorbed directly into the plant, causing massive growth but also massive stress. Remember, the higher the stress, the more the pest or disease. Many things happen when you use chemical fertilizers, and none of it is good. It’s just like a weightlifter who uses steroids to build up his/her body. Ask their doctor, and he/she will tell you the body is under massive stress. So chemical fertilizers are like cocaine. Always use organic fertilizers made for roses, or make your own. I like making my own organic rose fertilizer since I know what they need and want. 4. The proper use of water is also very important. Too much water makes the soil waterlogged, killing off all microbial life. Use a drip system and never water overhead. If possible, use a fertigation unit to which you add compost tea or some other natural microbial liquid. There are many on the market these days. Try SuperSeaweed. 5. Pruning is also very important. Prune wrong, and there go your blooms. There are two times when you need to prune. During the winter time, roses require rest. So they are pruned down to last year’s growth. Remove all plant materials, because they can spread diseases back into the soil. This is a good time to apply compost, etc. Normally you would do that after winter is over, but we do not have snow to worry about here. The other time you want to prune is when you have roses you want to take inside and enjoy. Usually, a good rule of thumb is to pick roses below where the leaf is five-pointed. There is a node that you cut just above that. Make sure you clean your pruners between cuts. 6. Foliar spraying your roses is also key. Roses, like all plants, can absorb nutrients through their leaves. Take advantage of that. Use foliar applications to provide minerals and other nutrients on a regular basis. This will also help the root systems function better. This is very useful when you are trying to bring the soil back to life. You can also control many pests and diseases this way. 7. This is a simple one. Never plant roses next to a lawn or under a tree. Roses do not like overhead watering. This causes many problems and basically destroys the natural bacteria normally found on their Plus, enjoy speeds up to 45Mbps at one all-included price, with no extra monthly fees. Internet speeds up to 45Mbps Wi-Fi Gateway router to connect your devices AT&T Internet Security Suite—powered by McAfee Bundle with another qualifying AT&T service and get internet for $30/mo. DIRECTV + Internet + Home Phone Bundles Starts at $ 89.99/ mo leaves. City water kills off these natural bacteria. This year, we didn’t get much rain until recently. If you had applied your rock dust, BioChar, compost and mulch, you would be a good shape now. If not, what are you waiting for? It is not too late. By the way, my new book is now available. Stop by my website and check it out. Mention Surfside News and I’ll send you a free PDF copy. Any questions? Email me at andylopez@invisiblegardener. com. touch & take off! 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