Where to Shop: For a Healthy Garden, It’s Common Ground in Palo Alto

San Marzano and a dozen or more varieties of tomatoes


This is not a riddle–or maybe it is!  The answer is when it is Common Ground Garden Supply, the store which is also an advocacy and teaching center as well as a great place to shop.  And shop you will!  You’ll find seeds and starter plants, organic composts, fertilizers and mulches, tools, natural disease and pest control products, books, cards and magazines.  And most of all a friendly and knowledgeable staff, augmented by community volunteers and headed by center manager, Patricia Becker. Common Ground is a nonprofit project associated with Ecology Action, founded by gardening legend, John Jeavons.  They really do think that many of us could grow far more of our own vegetables than we ever imagined possible and they are ready to teach us how, with classes nearly every Saturday. Site for many of the classes is an 1,800 square foot, 17-bed demonstration garden where the principles of the Grow Biointensive method are practiced. If you are interested in these activities or in volunteering, give Patricia a call at 650-493-6072. (Details and more photos after the jump)

Find Common Ground at 559 College Avenue, near the intersection of El Camino and California Avenue in Palo Alto. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and  10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. 650-493-6072.  The demonstration garden is at 687 Arastradero Rd., across from Gunn High School in Palo Alto.

Patricia Becker, who is also an Anusara-inspired yoga teacher, will teach a class, “Yoga for Gardeners,” Saturday, June 5th, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Poster-sized photo of John Jeavans, founder, on the wall at Common Ground

Volunteer Bob Griffin describes the virtues of John Jeavons' book, "How to Grow More Vegetables"

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