Getting ready to plant a vegetable garden? Before you start take a look at the following sites that offer free bed designs along with other helpful tips and tools.
FREE Garden Designs:
Begin the new planting season right. Below are some must have items that will help the spring planting get off to a good start:
Gloves - Protect your hands from whatever's out there.
Pruners - Cleaned and sharpened, ergonomic designs makes the cut
Tool Bag - Whether a bag, or bucket, make sure everything you need is close at hand
Tub Trug - Tote anything from water to weeds
Closed toes shoes – Comfortable, functional footwear such as clogs & boots to keep feet dry and pain free.
Fertilizer - Don't let your plants go hungry – feed ‘em right with a slow release fertilizer if needed.
Composter - Turn your fruit/vegetable scraps and landscape waste into a wonderful amendment for your soil.
Soils - A good soil mix is necessary for successful seed starting and propagation
List above adapted from Gardeners Supply Company(Feb. 15, 2017)
Do irrigation problems make you run for the hills? Interested in learning simple fixes before they turn into a major issue?
Join the UCCE Master Gardeners this coming Saturday, April 1st, for a workshop on ‘Irrigation Basics'.
This class will teach you about irrigation valves, irrigation clocks, sprayheads, and general maintenance.
Participants will leave with a better knowledge about the delivery, conservation, and best water practices of landscape irrigation .
Workshop includes lecture and a hands on lab putting a mock system together from start to finish.
Time: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Each class is limited to the first 24 registrants.
Cancellation Policy: No refunds one week prior to workshop.
For more information about this and other upcoming workshops click here or go to http://mgorange.ucanr.edu/projects/events/?editon=1
Questions, contact us at: email@example.com
- Author: Stephanie Parreira
- Author: Tammy Majcherek
Spring is here and often means an abundance of pests like weeds, ants, mosquitoes, etc. Before you reach for that pesticide, please take a few minutes and read the message below.
National Poison Prevention Week—March 19-25, 2017
Both agricultural and household pesticides can poison people if they are not properly handled. In agriculture, poisoning most often results from pesticide mixing and loading, and the most harm occurs due to spills, splashes and equipment failure. In the home, many pesticide poisoning incidents involve children swallowing pesticides, including garden products, disinfectant cleaners, or other chemicals used to control pests.
Labels also include important signal words such as “Danger,” “Warning,” or “Caution” that indicate how acutely toxic the chemical is to humans, as well as directions to avoid pesticide contamination of sensitive areas such as schools and hospitals. These instructions are meant to protect anyone who is at risk of being exposed to hazardous pesticide residues. It is essential to thoroughly read and understand the pesticide label before working with the pesticide, and to carefully comply with label instructions throughout the process. The UC IPM guide to Understanding Pesticide Labels for Making Proper Applications can help you do this, and is available in both English and Spanish.
If you apply pesticides in or around your home, be sure to store them properly and keep them out of the reach of children. Keep in mind that even mothballs may look like candy to very young children. It is illegal and unsafe to store pesticides in food or drink containers, which can easily fool people into consuming them and being poisoned. According to the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, these mistakes caused 62 incidents of child poisoning from pesticide ingestion in California in 2014, and 47 of those cases involved children under six years of age.
Looking to learn new gardening skills or maybe hone old practices? Don't miss out on the Cultivating Gardening Skills Workshop series sponsored by the UCCE Master Gardeners Orange County and the UC ANR South Coast Research and Extension Center.
Remaining classes include:
March 25 Garden Edibles - Watering Wisely
April 1 Irrigation Valves, Irrigation Clocks and Sprayheads
April 5 Backyard Bee Culture
June 3 Pruning Fundamentals for Ornamentals
June 17 Fruit Trees - Summer Pruning Methods
Click here for more information and to register.