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For Immediate Release
Pleasant Hill, CA (July 9, 2017): We are madly propagating plants for our annual fall drought-tolerant plant sale (formerly the Get Dry Plant Sale...watch for the new name), to be held on September 9 at Our Garden in Walnut Creek. Please watch this space for more information as it becomes available!
All Orientation Sessions for our upcoming 2017-2018 UC Master Gardener Training Program have been completed. But don't despair! If you want to learn more about gardening and then give back to the community by educating others, visit our Join Us page to request notification of next year's sessions.
Advice to Grow By...Ask Us!
It's summer already...and boy is it hot! From mid-March through October we are staffing Ask a Master Gardener tables all around the county where you can get free gardening help from UC Master Gardeners right on the spot, including new-this-year advice tables at the Ruth Bancroft Garden (selected dates). Check here for lots of upcoming events. Also check out our blog, HOrT COCO, with lots of the most typical Help Desk questions and answers. Like what you see? Subscribe here.
And, anytime you need help, don't forget that UC Master Gardener advice services are available nearly all year long! For problem diagnosis and answers to your gardening questions, just contact our Help Desk. The Help Desk is open 50 weeks of the year, Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 am to Noon. You can walk in, call, or email us for help. Our mission is to extend our knowledge to YOU.
Keep conserving water...no matter what. While we're thrilled with all the winter rain we received, and even though sometimes it was overwhelming, remember that water conservation continues to be vital to California's long-term health and resilience. An August 2016 law, SB-814, was adopted that requires urban water districts to define excessive water use and impose restrictions/penalties during the inevitable drought emergencies. Meanwhile, the State Water Resources Control Board's emergency conservation regulation requiring locally developed conservation standards has been extended as of February 2017. Read more...
For water conservation tips, check out our Drought Tips page, as well as a HOrT COCO Blog entry on Smart Controllers. Want a quick and easy fix? Many of us have areas of lawn that serve no particular purpose. Try sheet mulching unused turf to save water and improve your soil at the same time.
Speaking of soil...did you know... 2015 was the International Year of Soils! Visit http://www.fao.org/soils-2015/en/ for more information. Most Contra Costa soils contain plenty of the nutrients plants need. Keeping your soil healthy will let you cut back drastically on landscape fertilizing. Less fertilizing means less watering (and more money in your pocket)!
After 30 years, we've changed the official name of our organization to UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County, emphasizing our relationship to the University of California. But, only the name is changing...our contact information and all our services remain just the same.
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Spotlight on Our Garden
The Story of Our Garden.
Our Garden is a focal point for UC Master Gardener educational activities, an ongoing collaborative edible garden managed by dedicated volunteers and supported by generous sponsors. Short demonstrations and classes taught every Wednesday from April through October offer the public a free and open venue for up close and personal learning about the process of growing one's own food. Special events supplement this outreach. Food produced by Our Garden is donated to local charitable organizations.
Coming 9/9...watch this space!
Where We Are Right Now
|Our Garden / Working with Nature through Permaculture||7/26/2017|
|Library Talk (Concord): Drought Tolerant Landscapes||7/27/2017|
|Concord Farmers' Market||8/1/2017|
|Library Talk (Lafayette): Planning a Winter Vegetable Garden||8/1/2017|
|Our Garden / Sustainable Rodent Control||8/2/2017|
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