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For Immediate Release
Pleasant Hill, CA (April 17, 2016): The Great Tomato Plant Sale is over. Many thanks to all of you who attended the sale and helped to make it a huge success. Sale proceeds help support the educational and community outreach activities of the UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County. We appreciate your support, Contra Costa...thanks again!
But wait for it...we're following up the Great Tomato Plant Sale with a new series of events, Get Smart Saturdays, starting May 7. These half-day workshops at Our Garden in Walnut Creek will help you sharpen your gardening skills.
The season is here! Check out our recently published fruit & nut selection guide that you can use to help plan your new or upgraded home orchard.
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!
Spring is here! Starting in April 2016, look for us at Our Garden and at lots of Farmers' Markets all across the county (Brentwood starts in March!). Several talks in our popular library speaker series are coming up, with more on the way all the time. Our mission is to extend our knowledge to YOU.
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Keep conserving water! Thank goodness for all the March rains...we are grateful for every drop. Just remember that the drought is still extremely unlikely to end this year, even with the current El Niño conditions. The State Water Resources Control Board has adopted an emergency conservation regulation extending mandatory urban conservation through October 2016.
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.
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.
Notice anything different? After 30 years, we're changing 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.
Where We Are Right Now
|Pittsburg Farmers' Market||5/7/2016|
|Our Garden / Get Smart Saturdays / Compost Smart||5/7/2016|
|Library Talk (Walnut Creek): Container Gardening and Gardening in Small Spaces||5/7/2016|
|Library Talk (Danville): Container Gardening & Gardening in Small Spaces||5/10/2016|
|Our Garden / Herbal All-Stars||5/11/2016|