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Looking for gardening advice? Have a pest problem? Wondering which plants are drought resistant? You’ve come to the right place! UC Master Gardeners of Monterey Bay are here to help.
Follow the menus to helpful information about gardening in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito Counties. If you don’t find an answer to your specific question, then contact our Hotline to get a personalized response. And check out the great events we have coming up. Ahora también tenemos recursos en español.
In the Demonstration Garden, Wednesdays, 9 - noon:
Work side by side with a UC Master Gardener to learn practical gardening skills. We're getting ready for Spring, checking irrigation systems, building raised beds, planting starter seeds in the cold frame, and transplanting roses.
At the UCSC Farm and Garden, March 15,22,29: Drought Conditions in the Garden
3 sessions led by Orin Martin, manager of the Alan Chadwick Garden, on how to contend with drought conditions in the garden.
At UCSC Farm, April 4: All About Berries: Blueberries and Cane Berries in the Home Garden and Small Farm
Learn the basics of selecting, planting, and caring for blueberries and cane berries from Matthew Sutton.
Smart Gardening Fair
Date: April 4, 2015
Meadow Plants for the Garden
Date: April 11, 2015
Myth or Fact?
To Prune or Not to Prune, That is the Question!
A tree will grow perfectly without pruning. Myth - Trees need pruning for good health, strong growth and a better appearance.
Summer pruning is not injurious to trees. Fact - Summer pruning does not negatively affect trees. Get rid of dead branches and leaves and send water and nutrients to live and healthy parts of the tree.
Fruit trees and shade trees should be pruned in the same manner. Myth - Fruit trees need a heavier pruning to encourage growth for fruit production. Over-pruning is a common problem. Fact - A light hand with the pruning shears is advised.