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For Immediate Release
Pleasant Hill, CA (January 17, 2018): Announcing our seventh (!) annual Great Tomato Plant Sale, to be held in Walnut Creek on April 7, in Antioch on April 14 and in Richmond on April 28. Mark your calendars now and watch this space for details as they become available.
Right now, even though it's winter, we have some great presentations coming up in local libraries...check them out! And, we're already planning for the coming season. Watch this space to learn when and where you can get immediate help from UC Master Gardeners. The Ask A Master Gardener tables at local Farmers' Markets will be back in late March, followed quickly by our annual tomato sale and the reopening of Our Garden. Meanwhile...
Advice to Grow By...Ask Us!
Don't forget that that UC Master Gardener advice and problem diagnosis 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 were thrilled with all the rain we received during the 2016-2017 winter, and even though sometimes it was overwhelming, this year is not shaping up as well. 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)!
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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.
Where We Are Right Now
7th Annual Great Tomato Plant Sale-3 locations starting 4/7/2018
Date: April 7, 2018
|Library Talk (San Ramon): Pruning Basics||1/24/2018|
|Library Talk (Martinez): Growing Apples and Pears||2/20/2018|
|Library Talk (San Ramon): Growing & Caring for Citrus||2/28/2018|
|Library Talk (Danville): Seasonal Vegetable Gardening||3/15/2018|
|Library Talk (Martinez): Pomegranates||3/19/2018|
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