- Author: Betty Victor
October 12, 2013 is the date; 9AM to noon is the time for the U.C. Master Gardeners annual plant exchange.
If you have not experienced the fun of this free event, this is what you can expect to find. A variety of plants some the Master Gardeners have propagated, some they and others have brought to exchange for something new they may want to add to their gardens. You will also find books on gardening, magazines, pots maybe some garden tools or garden art.
This is a free event; you do not even need to bring anything to exchange to attend. If you have excess flower or vegetable seeds, plants you no longer want, bring them to the exchange. If you are bringing plants or seeds, please label to identify them as it is very helpful for all that attend. Please no plant in pots over 5 gallons.
For the first 80 participants, there will be available a take home set of pest note cards that help identify pest and how to safely deal with them. Also there is a vegetable planting guide that shows the months that you should plant the vegetables you like, it also show the approximate harvest time.
This year you will have the opportunity to listen to mini talks.
Here is the schedule for these talks.
9:30 Succulents (and their propagation)
10:15 Plant propagation (stem cuttings)
11:00 Fall gift ideas (planting a pumpkin container)
11:30 How to become a Master Gardener
Stay for as many talks as you would like. Between 9:30 and 11:30 there will be fun activities for kids as well.
The address for the plant exchange is: 501 Texas St. Fairfield, kitty-corner from Armijo High School, the school is located at the corner of Texas and Washington Street.
The parking in front of the office is very limited; there is additional parking across the street. You can access it by Empire Street.
Remember the date Oct 12, 2013 time 9AM to noon for this fun free event. This is a chance to add some new plants to your garden.
- Author: Trisha Rose
Well, I am trying again to grow sunflowers. Here is my result so far. Skinny little bits, hardly a flower at all and very slow incoming. I've thinned out the starts now 3 times, to give the stronger sprouts more space. We'll have to see if they ever take off.
On the other hand here is my volunteer that showed up in the middle of the garden path. Oh well, at least there is one sunflower in the garden.
- Author: Mary B. Gabbard
On Friday, May 11, The Master Gardener Volunteer Program of Solano County graduated its’ 2012 class of Master Gardeners. The setting was apropos, the beautiful gardens at the Buck Mansion. The atmosphere was filled with an air of both relief and excitement as graduation marks the completion of their 5-month training program combined with their eagerness to blossom into the beginning of their career as Master Gardeners. These newly Certified Master Gardeners are geared to head out into their respective communities and extend horticultural information based on research-based information, verified by UC experts. Every year, I look forward to this day and make every effort to clear my schedule to attend; however, my intentions are a bit selfish. To be truthful, my favorite part of the day is catching up with my classmates from 2002 as well as fellow gardeners I have volunteered with over the years. I really can’t say enough about this wonderful group of people and hearing about how they have branched out and developed their expertise in gardening. None of this would be possible without our Program Director who provides the stable base from where the program grows, Jennifer Baumbach. She’s the roots and the trunk that holds everything together. If you find yourself thinking about becoming a Master Gardener, visit the Master Gardener booth at your local Farmer’s Market. Talk to us; find out what’s involved…this may be the group for you!