Vegetable Demonstration Garden
Established in 2000, the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center demonstration vegetable garden is the site of research and demonstrations and where Master Gardeners grow a variety of cool and warm-season crops to help identify varieties that grow successfully in the Sacramento area. The vegetable garden is a living classroom.
Formal vegetable trials have been conducted on fresh market (hybrid) tomatoes, sweet corn, snap beans, summer squash and heirloom tomatoes. Multiple demonstrations and tastings have featured cherry tomatoes and melons.
|Victory garden - heirlooms, hybrids, and All-American Selection (AAS) winners (vegetables, herbs, and flowers)|
|Half wine barrels showcase vegetables, herbs, and beneficial insect-attracting flowering plants that can be successfully grown in containers.|
The vegetables in the demonstration garden are grown using water conserving and organic methods whenever possible. Those methods include the use of the following:
- Organic fertilizers (such as pelleted chicken manure, fish emulsion, seaweed/kelp)
- Organic soil amendments (such as compost)
- Cover crops that are grown to provide nutrients and “green manure” to the soil
- Crop rotation to help prevent the build up of soil-borne diseases and pests
- Soil solarization to kill many soil-borne diseases and some weeds
- Straw mulch to reduce weeds and keep the soil moist and cool
- Drip irrigation system to reduce water usage
- Environmentally sound pest management (such as blasting aphids and spider mites with water, hand-picking squash bugs, hand-picking weeds, covering plants with row covers to exclude pests, planting nectar-producing flowering plants that attract beneficial insects, and judicious use of insecticidal soaps and Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) when necessary)
Raised vegetable beds
Read about the materials, costs, and construction methods of the FOHC raised beds.
For more vegetable growing information go to the Home vegetable gardening tab at left.