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For Immediate Release
Pleasant Hill, CA (October 4, 2016): The season is winding down, and you can feel Fall in the air. Even so, you can still find us at Our Garden and at lots of Farmers' Markets all across the county. Our mission is to extend our knowledge to YOU.
Thank you, Contra Costans, for so enthusiastically attending our second Get Dry Workshop and Plant Sale! We hope you all found the workshop helpful and the plants enticing. If you missed us at the workshop, be sure to check in with us at events all across Contra Costa County! We're here to help, and all gardening advice is FREE!
Need help?? Don't forget that UC Master Gardener services are available! Our Help Desk is available year-round to diagnose problems and answer your gardening questions. We're open every week of the year, Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 am to Noon. You can walk in, call, or email us for help!
Check out our recently published fruit & nut selection guide that you can use to help plan your new or upgraded home orchard. Also check out our blog, HOrT COCO, with lots of the most typical Help Desk questions and answers. Like what you see? Subscribe here.
Would you or your organization like to start a community garden? We now offer consulting services for such efforts. Please visit our new Community Gardens page for details.
Advice to Grow By...Ask Us!
Keep conserving water...really! While we're grateful for last season's decent rainfall, the drought has not ended, and it's critical to keep conserving water. An August 2016 law, SB-814, has been adopted that requires urban water districts to define excessive water use and impose restrictions/penalties during drought emergencies. Meanwhile, the State Water Resources Control Board's emergency conservation regulation requiring locally developed conservation standards remains in effect until January 2017. Read more...
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 http://www.fao.org/soils-2015/en/ for more information. 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)!
Notice anything different? After 30 years, we've changed the official name of our organization to UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County, emphasizing our relationship to the University of California. But, only the name is changing...our contact information and all our services remain just the same.
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Spotlight on Our Garden
The Story of Our Garden.
Our Garden is a focal point for UC Master Gardener educational activities, an ongoing collaborative edible garden managed by dedicated volunteers and supported by generous sponsors. Short demonstrations and classes taught every Wednesday from April through October offer the public a free and open venue for up close and personal learning about the process of growing one's own food. Special events supplement this outreach. Food produced by Our Garden is donated to local charitable organizations.
Where We Are Right Now
|Library Talk (Moraga): Drought-Tolerant Landscapes||10/25/2016|
|Our Garden / Fall & Winter Care of Fruit Trees||10/26/2016|
|Library Talk (Walnut Creek): Drought-Tolerant Landscapes||12/10/2016|