Monterey Bay Master Gardeners offer an online and free Q&A session with members, from 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Whether you’re new to gardening or a seasoned gardener, we invite you to bring your questions to Ask a Master Gardener! Q&A LIVE! and discuss your issue face to face with your neighborhood, friendly UC Master Gardeners of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. Learn how the UC Master Gardeners use UC scientific research, gardening expertise and the internet to provide workable and proven solutions for gardening problems.
For more information, visit mbmg.ucanr.edu.
Visit santacruzpermaculture.com to read about all the classes offered including Permaculture Design, Food Forests, and The Work That Reconnects. Also available is the online Santa Cruz Permaculture Village, a forum to chat with other permaculturists, explore job postings and events.
UC Master Gardeners is offering another seed saving class from 10-11:30 a.m. Aug. 28 at the UC Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden in Watsonville. Learn the basics of collecting, cleaning and storing seeds. You will also learn how to make your own seed packets from recycled paper or origami paper so that you can have an endless supply of packets in any size that you desire. Finally, we will discuss starting seeds directly in the ground and sowing seeds in pots.
Participants will be able to take home a variety of seed packets and handouts with resources for seed saving and propagation tips.
To register, visit mbmg.ucanr.edu.
Visit prevedellifarms.com to buy organic Gravenstein apples online and pick up at the farm, 375 Pioneer View Road, Watsonville or the Santa Cruz or Aptos farmers markets. The Gravenstein apple is one of the earliest apples at the farm each year. It comes to harvest anywhere between, late July and early August, a good month ahead of most fall-harvest apples. Considered one of the best all-around apples, the Gravenstein has a crisp, slightly acidy, tart-sweet flavor and is juicy with a full apple aroma. Considered the perfect “old-fashioned” apple, because of its flavor.
The Santa Cruz Garden Exchange will hold its August trade from 8-9 a.m. Aug. 28 at the Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave., Santa Cruz. Gardeners may bring any thing from their gardens to give away to like minded neighbors. Anything not given away must be taken home.
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