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Spring 2023

Editorial Notes

“Spring is the time of plans and projects”
- Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

What will be different this Spring? Surprise! The annual Great Tomato Plant Sale will be held in-person at 2 locations in Contra Costa County! If planting tomatoes is not your thing, you might enjoy reading some helpful tips on growing beans and peas in pots.

Our gardens and California hillsides have been well drenched this winter, and water reservoirs are full. At least this year, we can finally enjoy gardening without being in a drought. If you didn’t get to plant any CA natives during winter, there is still time to plant some varieties during spring. 

Because of the recent unrelenting rainstorms, we will definitely pick more weeds than usual this spring. Quite a few of us will also need to do some garden repairs, such as adding or replacing mulch, preventing water runoff, and securing hillsides. Due to a recurring question asked at our Ask a Master Gardener tables, we believe it is time to offer you our UC Master Gardeners perspective on synthetic turf

Happy Reading!

Hedwig Van Den Broeck and Robin Mitchell, editors
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