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Vegetable Gardening During Drought

garden planst with straw mulchBy Brent McGhie, Butte County Master Gardener, May 22, 2015
As the drought continues and the need to conserve water increases, some of us are eliminating our vegetable gardens this year.  However, if vegetable gardening is a necessity for you, it is possible to significantly reduce water use in the garden. Before planting a single seed, a good first step in vegetable gardening is to amend the soil with compost.  Compost adds organic material to the soil, improving the soil's water environment.  Organic matter improves the water-holding ability of sandy soils and loosens clay soils, promoting better water absorption.  And as organic substances break down,... Read about Vegetable Gardening During Drought

  

What's Growing On in May


Events

First Pruning of the Demo Garden Orchard (Reservations Required)
Part of the Master Gardener Spring Workshop Series at the Demonstration Garden

May 6, 11-1:00pm

Composting and Vermicomposting - Worms (Reservations Required)
Part of the Master Gardener Spring Workshop Series at the Demonstration Garden

May 9, 10-12:00pm 

Garden Pests
Part of the Oroville AAFCC Community Garden Workshop Series

May 9, 10:00am

Growing and Using Herbs (Reservations Required)
Part of the Master Gardener Spring Workshop Series at the Demonstration Garden
May 13, 10-11:00am

Chico Farmers Market
May 16, 7:30am to 12:30pm

Fruit Trees
Part of the Oroville AAFCC Community Garden Workshop Series
May 16, 10:00am

Paradise Farmers Market
May 19, 7:30am–12:00pm

Gridley Farmers Market
May 19, 5:00–8:00pm

Downtown Oroville Farmers Market
May 27, 4–8pm

 

Gardening

Gardening Tips for May—additional tips just added

Vegetable Planting Guides: Chico Valley Area (pdf), Foothills (pdf)

 

 

 

Gardening Questions?

hotline

Visit or Call the Hotline
Wednesday 9-12pm
Thursday 1-4pm

Call 530-538-7201

Or, drop by the Butte County Cooperative Extension Office
2279-B Del Oro Avenue 
Oroville, CA 95965

Catch us in person at local Farmers’ Markets or at one of our informational booths. Check out where we'll be on the Events page.


What’s Hot at the Hotline?
How can I control the slugs eating my lettuce/basil/marigolds?  Answer.

 

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