This week's Hot Tomato is Bloody Butcher.
For Immediate Release
Pleasant Hill, CA (February 5, 2016): Countdown to the Great Tomato Plant Sale. It's just eight weeks until opening day on Saturday, April 2nd at Our Garden in Walnut Creek. This week we’re seeding fourteen varieties of eggplants and over thirty varieties of peppers.
Things may seem quiet right now, but we've just published a new fruit & nut selection guide that you can curl up with and start planning 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 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!
Besides our normal winter help services, planning for the 2016 season is in full swing. Several presentations in our popular library speaker series have already been scheduled with more on the way. Check them out!
Resuming in April 2016, look for us at Our Garden and at lots of Farmers' Markets all across the county. Our mission is to extend our knowledge to YOU.
Our blog, HOrT COCO, is really going strong, and has lots of the most typical Help Desk questions and answers...be sure to check it out!
Advice to Grow By...Ask Us!
Keep conserving water! Even this El Niño winter is unlikely to end the drought. 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
Fifth Annual Great Tomato Plant Sale(s)!
Date: April 2, 2016
|Library Talk (Walnut Creek): Building Healthy Soil||2/13/2016|
|Library Talk (Moraga): Basic Composting for the Home Gardener||2/27/2016|
|Library Talk (Lafayette): Composting Made Easy||3/1/2016|
|Library Talk (WC-Ygnacio Valley): Pruning Basics||3/7/2016|
|Our Garden / Fifth Annual Great Tomato Plant Sale||4/2/2016|