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For Immediate Release

Concord, CA (February 17, 2020):  What's with all the sunshine?  We wish (really wish!) we were getting much needed rain, but since we're not, this is an excellent time to get a jump on your spring weeding!  Get rid of those little suckers while they are easy to pull and haven't yet set seed. 

Are you ready for 30,000 plants?  Well, save the dates!  The upcoming 2020 Great Tomato Plant Sale (our NINTH annual sale and largest ever) will be held on April 4 in Walnut Creek, April 11 in Antioch, and April 25 in Richmond.  Check out our dedicated page for details as they are posted!

During the winter months, we provide gardening talks at county libraries along with occasional one-day events.  Most other programs will begin in April.  Keep a close eye on our calendar for details on where we'll be.

It's official...with a tip of the hat to Antioch's historic Rivertown District, our East County demonstration garden is now called Rivertown Garden (formerly Mangini Garden).  Click here for upcoming events

The next Growing Gardeners-Vegetable Gardening class will be held in March.  Unfortunately, this class is now full, but two more classes will be held in 2020.  Watch this space for more information on when you can register for future classes.

Need help right away?  Despair not...we're available year-round to answer your gardening questions.  Read on...

Advice to Grow By...Ask Us!

UC Master Gardener advice and problem diagnosis services are available nearly all year long!  For problem diagnosis and answers to your gardening questions, just contact our Help Desk.  The Help Desk is open 50 weeks of the year, Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 am to Noon, although closed during the winter holidays. You can walk in, call, or email us for help.  Our mission is to extend our knowledge to YOU.

If you decide to walk in, don't forget we've moved to Concord!  See the bottom of any page on this website for the new address and phone number. 

The most frequent questions we receive at the Help Desk and other venues get written up for our gardening blog, HOrT COCO.  Check it out, and if you like what you see, you can subscribe here.

Keep conserving water...no matter what.  Remember that water conservation continues to be vital to California's long-term health and resilience.  Learn more about water resources in California.

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 the FAO's soil portal for more information on the International Year of Soils and other topics. 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)!

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

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