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La inscripción para el curso gratis Cultivando Vegetales está cerrada. Haga clic en este enlace para obtener más información sobre los cursos en el futuro. http://ccmg.ucanr.edu/GrowingGardeners/JARDINEROS/


Registration for the Spanish Growing Gardeners course is closed. Click this link for more information about future courses: http://ccmg.ucanr.edu/GrowingGardeners/JARDINEROS/


Next Webinar: Cloning Garden Plants, Tu 2/16 at 6pm
Co-hosted with Contra Costa County Library

Register at https://ccclib.bibliocommons.com/events/601b52d434f9a83a003811a0

Join us as UC Master Gardener volunteer Holly Sauer introduces how to propagate garden plants. You will learn how to clone plants from a single parent plant using vegetative processes such as cuttings, division and separation, and layering. For each of these techniques, you will learn how to identify which types of plants to propagate, the times of year that work best, the tools and planting supplies you need, and propagation steps. Holly will cover perennials, softwood, semi-hardwood, hardwood, specialized stems and roots (such as bulbs) and succulents.

A native East Bay California native, Holly Sauer has been a Master Gardener volunteer in Contra Costa County since 2015. She currently serves on the Executive Leadership team of the organization and volunteers with the Growing Gardeners, Speakers Bureau, and New Volunteer Training programs. She has also volunteered with the Community Gardens program. Holly enjoys the continuing education that the Master Gardener program offers, both to herself and the community, and sharing her knowledge and excitement about gardening. After retiring from AT&T in 2009, Holly enjoys spending more time in her garden with a focus on ornamental plants and redesigning her home garden. Propagation is her current focus with the purpose of expanding the lushness and flowers of her garden.


Anunciamos el Curso Cultivando Vegetales (Evento Virtual gratis)

Anunciamos con mucho gusto nuestro primer entrenamiento de Jardineros en el Huerto en español para principiantes en jardinería. Hemos traducido este curso popular, y planeamos presentarlo en cuatro sesiones de tres horas cada una, los sábados, desde el 20 de febrero al 13 de marzo del 2021.

Presentamos este entrenamiento para los residentes del Condado de Contra Costa cuya lengua principal es español, y que están interesados en este curso básico en jardinería. Vea nuestra página de internet para obtener más información sobre la inscripción.


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Announcing Free Spanish Growing Gardeners Course (Classes in Zoom)

We're excited to announce our upcoming pilot Spanish Growing Gardeners training for beginning gardeners. We've translated this popular 12-hour training, and plan to run it in four sessions on Saturdays, each one being three hours. We begin on February 20, through March 13, 2021.

We will be presenting this training for residents of Contra Costa County for households whose primary language is Spanish, and who are interested in this beginning gardening course. See our Spanish Growing Gardeners web page for more information on and how to sign up.



Our "Soil in Your Home Garden" webinar is now on our YouTube channel—edited to be more user friendly (1:09 hr). (While you're there, subscribe so you get notifications when we post new videos!) 

Join Mike Corby and John Fike to learn about the soil in your garden—and the teeming universe under your feet. The life in that soil is essential to the health of your plants. Mike and John debunk some commonly held beliefs about soil care, and share their knowledge of soil fundamentals and ways to build soil health. Experience a more successful garden by knowing how to properly care for your soil. 


Our January 2021 Vegetable Gardening for Beginners course is now full

We will offer this course several more times this coming year. More about this class at http://ccmg.ucanr.edu/GrowingGardeners

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Due to the current COVID-19 shelter-in-place, our plant sales, talks, and Ask-a-Master Gardener tables at Farmers Markets are all canceled through April 30, 2021.  As our plans evolve, we will post updates here and on our calendar


It's official...with a tip of the hat to Antioch's historic Rivertown District, our East County demonstration garden, formerly named Mangini Garden, is now called Rivertown Demonstration Garden.


Advice to Grow By...Ask Us!

UC Master Gardener advice and problem diagnosis services are available year-round!  For problem diagnosis and answers to your gardening questions, contact our Help Desk.  The Help Desk is open 50 weeks of the year, Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 am to Noon (closed winter holidays). 3/17/20: Due to the current COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place, our Master Gardeners are working remotely—

In your request—

  • Include your name, phone number and city (plant advice depends on local conditions!).
  • Describe the problem in detail. Include the name of the plant if known, when the problem began, and cultivation history such as watering, fertilizing, pruning, pesticides, etc. 
  • Send photographs, if applicable. Photographs help!

Our gardening blog, HOrT COCO, talks about seasonal hot topics, frequently-asked questions, and truly unique or peculiar requests for help. Subscribe here.



UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County
2380 Bisso Lane, Suite B, Concord, CA 94520
(925) 608-6683 (email only during Shelter-in-Place), ccmg@ucanr.edu  

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From Frank McPherson, Bay Area County UCCE Director

UC Master Gardeners are University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) trained volunteers. They are residents of our community who give back all year to provide UCCE researched-based horticultural information to people in their communities and throughout the state. They give talks and demonstrations, conduct plant clinics, staff phone help lines, provide training at community gardens, support school garden programs, staff information tables at Farmers Markets, fairs and nurseries, and more.

If you would like to support our efforts, donate now. Thank you!


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