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Home and garden news: Free herb workshop in Glen Ellen

Fresh herbs at the market are excruciatingly expensive. But it's not hard to punch up the flavor of your everyday meals with herbs you grow yourself.

Master Gardener Janet Barocco will share tips on growing good herbs during a free workshop Saturday at Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen.

Barocco will discuss the basics for cultivating, using and preserving fresh herbs. Workshop-goers should bring a wide-mouth jar a third full of wine, cider or rice vinegar and a handful of favorite herbs. Organizers expect to have some extras for those who don't have them.

Barocco is a graduate of the California School of Herbal Studies and the horticulture program at Santa Rosa Junior College. She turned her own suburban lot into an edible landscape and orchard.

Drop-ins are welcome. The class will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon. For information, call 996-3166 or visit quarryhillbg.org.

GEYSERVILLE: Learn to build an earthen hot tub

You've seen fiberglass hot tubs, soft-sided hot tubs and old-fashioned redwood hot tubs. But have you ever heard of a hot tub made of cob?

Living Earth Structures will lead a hands-on workshop Tuesday and Wednesday, showing how to build your own earthen tub. Participants will help create a functioning tub during the two-day class, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Isis Oasis, 20889 Geyserville Ave., Geyserville. Cost is $75 per day or $140 for both days. Camping is available. For information, call Miguel Elliott at 320-3609.

SONOMA: Organic grower shares tips for winter garden

Certified organic grower Andrea Davis-Cetina will lay out the basics for starting a winter garden during a Sept. 5 evening talk before the Valley of the Moon Garden Club.

The owner of Quarter Acre Farm in Sonoma, Davis-Cetina will talk about planning a garden, proper tools, how to utilize space, how to quickly create a bed, selecting vegetables to plant, maintaining your garden and harvesting.

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