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For Immediate Release
Pleasant Hill, CA (June 21, 2016): Announcing the 2016-2017 UC Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program! We're pleased to announce the availability of orientation sessions for our 2016-2017 UC Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program. If you would like to explore what it takes to become a UC-certified Master Gardener, consider attending one of these sessions. More information is available here.
Need help?? Don't forget that UC Master Gardener services are available! Our Help Desk is available year-round to diagnose problems and answer your gardening questions. We're open every week of the year, Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 am to Noon. You can walk in, call, or email us for help!
Check out our recently published fruit & nut selection guide that you can use to help plan your new or upgraded home orchard. Also check out our blog, HOrT COCO, with lots of the most typical Help Desk questions and answers. Like what you see? Subscribe here.
Would you or your organization like to start a community garden? We now offer consulting services for such efforts. Please visit our new Community Gardens page for details.
Advice to Grow By...Ask Us!
Keep conserving water! Thank goodness for all the spring rains...we are grateful for every drop. Just remember that the drought has not ended. The State Water Resources Control Board still has an emergency conservation regulation in effect that requires locally developed conservation standards. 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)!
Did you miss last fall's Get Dry Plant Sale & Workshop. Visit the GET DRY Plant Sale and Workshop main page for plant lists and the GET DRY Program page for speakers' handouts and related information.
Notice anything different? 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.