Home & Garden Digest – Sentinel of Santa Cruz



The Rose company organizes pruning courses

Monterey Bay Rose Society Rose Pruning Classes are underway. The next class will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Valley Hills Nursery in Carmel Valley. This is a demonstration lesson only. Reservations are not necessary and the course is free. The last class is at 10:30 a.m. on January 29 at Alladin Nursery in Watsonville. All classes are held outdoors and current COVID-19 procedures will be followed. For more information, visit montereybayrosesociety.org or call 831-345-2678.


Love Apple Farms Announces Presale and Spring Classes

Love Apple Farms’ annual spring plant and gardening supply presale is now live at growbetterveggies.com. Pre-sale orders reserve your purchase for pickup the week of March 19-25. On March 26, the nursery is open to the public. Love Apple Farms offers a wide variety of courses including Tomato Masters, Designing the Perfect Vegetable Garden, Backyard Beekeeping, Early Spring Vegetable Gardening and more. See website for spring 2022 dates. Many courses are already full.


Garden Exchange holds a meeting

The Santa Cruz Garden Exchange will meet at 9 a.m. (instead of 8 a.m.) Saturday at the Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave. Santa Cruz. Participants are encouraged to bring seeds, cuttings, bulbs, plant specimens, pots or any other gardening-related items to donate. You don’t have to bring anything to receive free plant items. Anything not taken should be brought home and current Santa Cruz County COVID-19 protocols will be followed. For more information, email [email protected] or visit the Santa Cruz Garden Exchange Facebook group.


UC Master Gardeners Offers Nightshade Course

UC Master Gardeners is offering “Start Tomatoes and Peppers from Seed,” 5-6:30 p.m. online. If you like summer nightshade fruits; tomatoes, peppers, chillies and eggplant, now it’s time to start them from seeds. There are hundreds of interesting varieties available from seed that you can’t find in nurseries, but there are a few tricks to getting them started from seed. In this virtual classroom we will discuss which strains do well on the Central Coast, what equipment you will need to provide bottom heat and light during the winter months along with some inexpensive options for home gardeners, how to avoid common problems like damping off and when to harden off and plant outdoors. About the Instructor: Delise Weir holds degrees in environmental studies and biology and has been growing food, flowers and herbs for over 40 years. She became a UC Master Gardener in 2014 and enjoys sharing her gardening knowledge. The course is free for all with the option to provide a suggested donation of $5 or more to support the all-volunteer UC Master Gardener program. To register, visit mbmg.ucanr.edu


Rare Fruit Growers Hosts Scion Swap

The Rare Fruit Growers of California Monterey Bay Chapter will host the annual Scion Exchange beginning at 11 a.m. for members and noon for non-members. The Scion Exchange offers members and the public the opportunity to select scions that can be grafted onto existing rootstocks or fruit trees. A grafting demonstration will be held to provide basic instruction on the process. Rootstock will be available for purchase on exchange. If you come to the exchange, be sure to bring the following to collect your grafts: a zipper bag to put the grafts in to keep them fresh, masking or painter’s tape to label the grafts. individual grafts with their type, a black marker or any pen that can write on tape. There is a small charge for non-members. To become a member, visit mbcrfg.org

The Garden Digest is compiled by Susan Salinger. To submit items for the calendar, including events, meetings, resources, or anything garden-related, email [email protected]


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