The latest edition of the WaterSaver E-Newsletter showcases a Martinez homeowner who successfully converted his lawn into a beautiful garden that attracts bees and hummingbirds to the couple's home. Read the newsletter...
The California Native Plant Database is one of the best sources we've ever seen for finding all kinds of native plants that will thrive in your yard. More than 2,000 plants are cataloged. Take a look, and grow the plants that belong where you live. Additional Info...
December 9Free Worm Composting Workshop A free worm composting workshop will be offered at Mt. View Sanitary District’s Administration Building on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 10 am to 12 pm. You will learn how to make your own worm compost. Vermicomposting (“vermi” is Latin for “worm”) is the process of using worms to process organic food waste into nutrient rich soil. Worms eat decaying food waste and produce vermicompost, a very effective soil supplement. The worms will produce both a liquid fertilizer and worm castings (a fa...Read on...
December 15Plants of the Winter Solstice Since ancient times, the winter solstice has been celebrated by cultures around the world as a sacred, festive time. Plants such as bay, oak, holly, ivy, mistletoe, and evergreens have long been a crucial part of these celebrations. Discover the cultural and natural history of these plants as we enter the winter season. We’ll take a short tour of the garden, and then make a simple evergreen arrangement to take home. Bring a vase and clippers. Class is limited to 10 people. Registration ...Read on...
January 21Winter Fruit Tree Pruning This class will be taught in a large Berkeley garden with over 20 different fruit trees to practice on. We will cover which varieties do well in the area, as well as purchasing good trees, pruning in youth, on-going pruning, and natural approaches to common disease and insect issues. Our goal will be to gain confidence in our ability to take care of productive, healthy, and aesthetically pleasing trees. This is a hands on class, and participants will have an opportunity to make some cuts with in...Read on...