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For Immediate Release
Pleasant Hill, CA (October 18, 2017):
Advice to Grow By...Ask Us!
The season is nearly over, but we're still available at Our Garden and Farmers' Markets through the end of October. Check here to see what's left.
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.
Thank you, Contra Costa, for helping us make our September annual fall gardening workshop and plant sale, Fall for Plants, a great success! We hope that you found the presentations entertaining and informative, and that you found all the plants you wanted too! If you weren't able to make it, you can still see what was up...Click here!
Keep conserving water...no matter what. While we were thrilled with all the rain we received last winter, 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)!
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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
|Library Talk (Martinez): Pruning Basics||1/16/2018|
|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 (Martinez): Pomegranates||3/19/2018|
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