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For Immediate Release

Concord, CA (September 29, 2019):  The summer is gone; fall is here!  Despair not...we're available year-round to answer your gardening questions.  Read on...

If you missed our recent plant sale, remember that we sell a selection of plants most Wednesdays at Our Garden, so mark your calendars and come visit!  For help: our public outreach activities at Our Garden, Mangini Garden and Farmers' Markets will continue throughout October, and our Help Desk is open year round.  Keep reading for more details. 

Advice to Grow By...Ask Us!

Our intrepid Ask a Master Gardener teams are still available to answer your questions at Farmers' Markets across the county.  See the schedule here.

Each year, our Walnut Creek demonstration gardenOur Garden—offers a series of presentations most Wednesdays from April through October.  And, as always, we will have Ask a Master Gardener teams on hand for advice and guidance.  See the Our Garden schedule here.

After celebrating the grand opening of Mangini Garden in 2018, the garden is open to the public again in 2019. The demonstration garden is in East County within the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds in Antioch.  See Mangini's 2019 events here.

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, although closed during the winter holidays. You can walk in, call, or email us for help.  Our mission is to extend our knowledge to YOU.

If you decide to walk in, don't forget we've moved to Concord!  See the bottom of any page on this website for the new address and phone number. 

Besides the Help Desk, you can also find us at public libraries across the county giving some of our most popular presentations.

The most frequent questions we receive at the Help Desk and other venues  get written up for our gardening blog, HOrT COCO,   Check it out, and if you like what you see, you can 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 more about water resources in California.

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 the FAO's soil portal for more information on the International Year of Soils and other topics. 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)!

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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