Summer 2021 NTGB

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Summer 2021 - Volume 2, Issue 3
 

Editor's Note

"If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” - Loren Eiseley
 
We are once again facing a severe drought and it is highly likely that it will get worse with more intense wildfires, blackouts, failed crops, and perhaps even a lack of safe drinking water. Let us all be more aware of our own water usage and commit to using less of it. We cannot stop the current drought, but we are not powerless before it either! In this summer issue we will be talking about choosing drought tolerant and fire safer plants for your garden. Realizing that water is indeed a finite resource, we all need to do a better job at water conservation too. And in honor of all the first responders, we'd like to introduce you to our own Master Gardener, Steve Danziger (Director of the Moraga Orinda Fire Department). First however, we'd like to show our gratitude to you!
 
Hedwig Van Den Broeck, Editor

The 2021 Great Tomato and Plant Sale

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The 10th annual UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa Great Tomato Plant Sale was a huge success, and we want to thank everyone for your wonderful support! Over 23,000 plants found new homes! Although we were unable to hold an in-person sale this year we appreciate all our customers using the online tool and for patiently waiting until online orders were filled. The response was truly amazing – over 1,500 orders in the first half hour!

This is our UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa’s main fundraiser, and the proceeds go towards our many educational outreach programs regarding sustainable gardening. Visit our website regularly for further details on these programs. With your overwhelming support, we will be able to continue and expand these programs.

Not only were we thrilled to be able to hold our sale to the public this year, it also felt great to at least chat with you briefly about your vegetable choices.

Until we see you again, happy gardening!

Newsletter

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Spring 2022
"A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins"? Laurie Colwin
 
Spring is here and we are proud to announce the 11th Great Tomato Plant Sale, our biggest and most popular annual fundraiser! In this issue you can read all you need to know about this sale together with plenty of advice on how to grow tomatoes in the ground or in containers and the 10 Tomato Picks of 2022.
 
Unfortunately our winter rains were inadequate so we have to mind our water usage by following a few strategies that will reduce our water needs. You can also consider the use of Ollas, an ancient irrigation method.
 
Healthy soils keep our plants healthy. And earthworms are a gardener's best friend, as these "little farmers" are hard at work to keep our soils fertile.
 
Congratulations and welcome to our new UC Master Gardener Volunteers of Contra Costa County who just graduated our training program. Our outreach programs are in full swing for both in-person and online science-based educational programs, support and advice to create a more healthy and sustainable environment.
 
Happy Reading!
Hedwig Van Den Broeck, Editor for News to Grow By
PDF 3/27/22
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Issue Articles Type Date Added
Spring 2022
"A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins"? Laurie Colwin
 
Spring is here and we are proud to announce the 11th Great Tomato Plant Sale, our biggest and most popular annual fundraiser! In this issue you can read all you need to know about this sale together with plenty of advice on how to grow tomatoes in the ground or in containers and the 10 Tomato Picks of 2022.
 
Unfortunately our winter rains were inadequate so we have to mind our water usage by following a few strategies that will reduce our water needs. You can also consider the use of Ollas, an ancient irrigation method.
 
Healthy soils keep our plants healthy. And earthworms are a gardener's best friend, as these "little farmers" are hard at work to keep our soils fertile.
 
Congratulations and welcome to our new UC Master Gardener Volunteers of Contra Costa County who just graduated our training program. Our outreach programs are in full swing for both in-person and online science-based educational programs, support and advice to create a more healthy and sustainable environment.
 
Happy Reading!
Hedwig Van Den Broeck, Editor for News to Grow By
PDF 3/27/22