If you've been waiting to get your vegetable garden started, wait no longer! Spring is upon us and with that, the University of California Master Gardeners will be holding the third of its Advice to Grow By seminars.
Packed with practical information, the seminar will be held from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday in the new demonstration garden at 2156 Sierra Way in San Luis Obispo. Best of all, it's free!
Topics discussed include:
* How to "win a gold" with your Victory garden.
* Getting the most from your kitchen garden.
* Adaptive Gardening
* Planting - when to plant what, and how to extend the season.
* From seed to seedling. How to successfully sprout and plant seedlings.
There will be many tips on protecting your plants from extremes in weather and transplanting seedlings to ensure a healthy and bountiful harvest. Planting guides (also called crop circles or planting wheels because the guide is round) and "The Gardener's Journal" will be available for purchase at the workshop.
The seminar will be held outside, so comfortable dress and sun protection are advised. Attendees are welcome and encouraged to bring a folding chair. Rain does not cancel as the auditorium is available in the event of a sudden downpour.
UC Master Gardeners hope to see you at all the monthly Advice To Grow By seminars. So, bring pen and paper, your best armchair and get ready for more great advice.
Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the garden. Restrooms are located in the main building, through the glass doors marked "UCCE Auditorium" at the parking lot level.
For more gardening information visit: http://cagardenweb.ucdavis.edu/
- Author: Amy Breschini
Saturday February 20th marked our second "Advice to Grow By" Workshop at the UC Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden in San Luis Obispo.
More than 85 people attended! Thank you to all of you who are finding time on Saturday mornings to attend our workshops!
Charles did an excellent job leading this detailed workshop. It's impossible to learn everything about fruit trees in less than two hours, but he really covered a lot!
Here are some tips that I picked up during the class!
1. Know how many chill hours you have in your zone. (click on "Chill hours and frost dates" below)
2. Find ways to incorporate other varieties in your yard, by either multiple planting or grafting trees. Multiple plantings are something that is fairly new and we are excited to see how this can be used in small yards. We followed Dave Wilson's Backyard Orchard Culture for this.
3. Be aware if the varieties you select need a pollinator. Even though some trees are self-pollinating, they may produce even better with a pollinator nearby.
4. Know what rootstock your tree is planted on. It affects the size and the water requirements of the tree. Certain rootstocks may be more tolerant of your soil conditions than others. It is also important to know this when you are planting multiple trees in the same hole. The trees need to have equal vigor to compete with each other. A good nursery will have the rootstock labeled. The label is often separate from the variety label and usually a different color, located somewhere on the trunk.
5. Plant what you love! Go to local farmers market and taste varieties to find ones that you love! We listed some varieties in the attachment below that do well in our county, but new varieites are always coming on the market! Don't miss out tasting apriums and pluots before you run out of room in your backyard!
6. For more detailed information on everything from planting to disease and pests, visit the California Backyard Orchard. http://homeorchard.ucdavis.edu/
In our efforts to reduce wasted handouts during our workshops, we are posting our information here. Please see the underlined links below.
We'll see you in the garden every 3rd Saturday of the month for our community education program called "Advice to Grow By"! We meet at 10am, please bring a lawn chair, hats, sunglasses and layered jackets are recommended.
Restrooms are located inside the main building (enter the UC Auditorium doors at the parking lot level).
"We had a rancher (from Paso West Side- near the lakes) send us a picture of these crazy mushrooms growing on Live Oaks and I looked it up..."
After a little research, here is what she found:
"I believe it is Hericium erinaceus which has several common names: "lions mane", "monkey head", "bearded tooth". One reference said that there are seven different genuses in which have the same “toothed” appearances. It is also found in the Bay area, and can be found on American Beech trees."
As with most mushrooms, there are species with look-a-likes, so assume it's poisonous, unless you have an experienced mycologist with you for proper identification.
Here's some photos from Berkeley : http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/cgi/img_query?stat=BROWSE&query_src=photos_fungi_sci&where-genre=Fungi&where-taxon=Hericium+erinaceus&title_tag=Hericium+erinaceus
Thanks Amy for supplying all of us with this great Topic!
Free Seminar on Selecting and Caring for Fruit and Nut Trees in the Home Garden
If you have considered, even remotely, of introducing a fruit or nut tree into your family fold and wish to give it a healthy, happy start, consider attending the second of the free Advice to Grow By series of seminars at the University of California Master Gardeners’ new demonstration garden at 2156 Sierra Way in San Luis Obispo, adjacent to the county’s agricultural office.
Saturday, February 20, from 10 a.m. to noon, UC Master Gardeners share knowledge relevant to successful fruit tree planting, growing and nurturing.
Among the topics covered:
*Which fruits and nuts grow well in your corner of the Central Coast.
* Chill hours, what they are and how they affect your choice of tree.
* Gophers and how to prevent your baby tree from becoming their breakfast.
* Which is a better choice for you, standard or dwarf?
* Does your tree need a pollination partner? Or is it happy as a single?
*What about fertilizing, irrigating, soil, drainage, pruning? Oh, my.
A tour of the new demonstration garden is planned, as well. Be sure to bring sun protection, dress for the vagaries of temperature, and consider bringing a folding chair for comfort. UC Master Gardeners hope you will attend all the monthly seminars, but if a fruit or nut tree is in your future, do not miss this one.
University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteers provide additional gardening information. Call the San Luis Obispo Helpline at 781-5939 on Mondays and Thursdays from 1 to 5 p.m., the Arroyo Grande Helpline at 473-7190 on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon, or the Templeton Helpline at 434 - 4105 on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Send email to email@example.com.
- Author: Amy Breschini
By Mary Bianchi UCCE Horticultural Advisor
Advice to Grow By From UCCE Master Gardeners
Do you need gardening advice to help you grow a more sustainable garden or landscape? The University of California Master Gardeners are proud to invite you to our newly created Demonstration Garden for our inaugural "Advice to Grow By" program! Monthly workshops will be held every third Saturday, beginning January 16, from 10 am to noon at the Demonstration Garden. The Garden is located at 2156 Sierra Way in San Luis Obispo, immediately north of the UCCE office, and represents a cooperative project between the County of San Luis Obispo and the University of California.
The creation of the UCCE Demonstration Garden provides a living classroom for the community where Master Gardeners can support sustainable landscape practices with our "Advice to Grow By" workshops. Local gardeners will learn from the Master Gardeners as the many projects in the Garden are developed. Look for upcoming workshops on orchard planting techniques, designing a kitchen garden, and creating raised beds.
Our January 16th workshop on "Capturing Rain Water in the Landscape" will demonstrate landscape practices that help to conserve our precious water resources. Sustainable water conservation practices are important activities for San Luis Obispo County gardeners, even as we enjoy our recent rains. We will be demonstrating rain harvesting techniques including rain barrels, and discussing rain gardens for Mediterranean climates and storm water management practices that protect water quality while keeping rain water on the site. Our February 20th workshop will demonstrate orchard design and fruit tree planting techniques.
Mark those brand new calendars as a reminder to join the Master Gardeners each third Saturday of the month for the advice you need to grow your own sustainable landscape! Gardens large or small, for flowers or food, the Master Gardeners have the help you need. Follow our "Advice to Grow By" calendar at http://ucanr.org/slomg.
Got a Question?
Contact the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners: at 781-5939 from 1 to 5 p.m. on Monday and Thursday; at 473-7190 from 10 a.m. to noon in Arroyo Grande; and at 434-4105 from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday in Templeton. Visit the UCCE Master Gardeners Web site at groups.ucanr.org/slomg/ or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.