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For Immediate Release

Orchard Nursery to offer some of our plants

We have just sent 2,400 thriving plants to Orchard Nursery in Lafayette. They were overwhelmed with orders and closed temporarily, but will reopen Monday 4/6. Check their website's Edibles List, and follow directions to order online. We'll post more updates on plant distributions as arrangements are made!


Because of the Shelter-in-Place order for Contra Costa County, The Great Tomato Plant Sales scheduled for Walnut Creek (April 4), Antioch (April 11) and Richmond (April 25) are all CANCELLED. We want everyone to stay healthy!


Due to the current COVID-19 shelter-in-place, our talks are canceled through May 1, 2020.  As our plans evolve, we will post updates on our calendar


It's official...with a tip of the hat to Antioch's historic Rivertown District, our East County demonstration garden, formerly named Mangini Garden, is now called Rivertown Demonstration Garden.


Advice to Grow By...Ask Us!
UC Master Gardener advice and problem diagnosis services are available year-round!  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 (closed winter holidays). 3/17/20: Due to the current COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place, our Master Gardeners are working remotely—

  • Call us at (925) 608-6683. Please leave your phone number and email address so that we may respond to you in a timely manner.
  • Email us at ccmg@ucanr.edu. This is the best way to submit photos along with your questions.
In your request—
  • Include your name, phone number and city (plant advice depends on local conditions!).
  • Describe the problem in detail. Include the name of the plant if known, when the problem began, and cultivation history such as watering, fertilizing, pruning, pesticides, etc. 
  • Send photographs, if appropriate. 

Our gardening blog, HOrT COCO, talks about seasonal hot topics, frequently-asked questions, and truly unique or peculiar requests for help. Subscribe here.


Keep conserving water, no matter what. 
Remember that water conservation continues to be vital to California's long-term health and resilience. Learn about water resources in California. Also check our Drought Tips, as well as read our HOrT COCO blog on Smart Controllers. Want a quick and easy fix? Many of us have areas of lawn that serve no particular purpose. Sheet mulch your lawn to save water, and improve your soil at the same time. 

Speaking of soil...visit the United Nations' FAO Soil Portal for in-depth scientific soil research and international policy to enhance soil health. Most Contra Costa soils contain plenty of the nutrients plants need. Keep your soil healthy to cut back drastically on landscape fertilizing. Less fertilizing means less watering (and more money in your pocket)!


UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County
2380 Bisso Lane, Suite B, Concord, CA 94520
(925) 608-6683, ccmg@ucanr.edu  

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