Learn More about Gardening

Jun 3, 2024

Are you a gardener with questions? Are you a beginning gardener just getting started? Do you want to know more about how to troubleshoot problems in your garden? Some of the topics addressed in our classes and material cover what, when, and how to plant, how to prepare the soil, and maintenance of your plants, including pruning.

The Contra Costa Master Gardener website (https://ccmg.ucanr.edu/) has links to information about both edible gardening and landscape gardening. We also offer a program called Vegetable Gardening for Beginners if you are interested in growing vegetables: https://ccmg.ucanr.edu/GrowingGardeners/
This is the handbook for this class: https://ucanr.edu/sites/ccmg/files/292083.pdf

There are many resources online through the University of California that can provide you with good information about specific pests and diseases, including the following:
• Home, garden, turf, and landscape pests: https://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/menu.homegarden.html
• UC California Garden Web: https://cagardenweb.ucanr.edu/

These are the books the Master Gardeners use for training and reference:
• The California Master Gardener Handbook: https://anrcatalog.ucanr.edu/Details.aspx?itemNo=3382
• Abiotic Disorders of Landscape Plants: https://anrcatalog.ucanr.edu/Items.aspx?search=abiotic%20disorders%20of%20landscape%20plants
• Pests of Landscape Trees and Shrubs: https://anrcatalog.ucanr.edu/Items.aspx?search=pests%20of%20landscape%20trees%20and%20shrubs
• Pests of Garden and Small Farm: https://anrcatalog.ucanr.edu/Items.aspx?search=pests%20of%20the%20garden%20and%20small%20farm

The UC Master Gardener volunteers of Contra Costa County are actively involved in bringing you educational programming. We partner with the Contra Costa County Library to present topics that will help you grow a healthy, thriving and sustainable garden. See the upcoming and past webinars here: https://ccmg.ucanr.edu/Webinars_and_Programming_/

You can find a schedule of in-person talks at libraries, at our Walnut Creek demonstration garden, and when Master Gardeners will have tables at Farmers Markets where you can ask questions at this link:

You can also find past webinars as well as short, single-topic videos on a wide range of gardening topics on the Contra Costa Master Gardener Program YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/@CoCoMGUC

Still have questions? Send an email to the Contra Costa Master Gardener Program Help Desk: ccmg@ucanr.edu
• Include your name, phone number, and city.
• A description of the problem, including the name of the plant, when the problem began, and cultural history such as water, fertilizing, pruning, pesticides, etc.
• Photographs are very helpful. Include photos of the problem parts, but also photos of the whole plant.


Help Desk of the UC Master Gardeners of Contra Costa County (SEH)




By Help Desk Team

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