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For Immediate Release
Pleasant Hill, CA (July 31, 2015): Notice anything different? After 30 years, we're changing the official name of our organization to UC Master Gardeners 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.
Wondered where the monthly tips went? We've been busy updating them, and the first installment is now ready! Visit This Month in the Garden to see tips for August.
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.
Did you know... 2015 is 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)!
"Mega-drought"? Maybe, but unprecedented drought for sure! East Bay MUD has announced mandatory 20% district-wide cutbacks. 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 the soil at the same time.
Advice to Grow By...Ask Us!
This summer and fall, look for us at our popular library speaker series, at Our Garden, and at lots of Farmers' Markets all across the county. Our mission is to extend our knowledge to YOU. Come see us!
Our Help Desk is available year-round to answer your gardening questions. We're open every week, Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to Noon. You can walk in, call, or email us for help!
Our blog, HOrT COCO, has really taken off in the past months, with lots of Help Desk questions and answers...be sure to check it out!
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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
|Concord Farmers' Market||8/4/2015|
|Library Talk (Lafayette): Planning a Winter Vegetable Garden||8/4/2015|
|Our Garden / Freezing and Drying your Summer Produce||8/5/2015|
|Antioch Farmers' Market||8/6/2015|
|Brentwood Farmers' Market||8/8/2015|