UC Master Gardeners of Monterey & Santa Cruz Counties
University of California
UC Master Gardeners of Monterey & Santa Cruz Counties

#HomeGrownFruit: Weekend Bootcamp for the Home Orchardist

Date: February 24, 2018

Time: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Contact: vschlege@ucsc.edu

Sponsor: UCSC Center for Agroecology (CASFS)

Location: Alan Chadwick Garden

Event Details

This 2-day workshop will feature:
       Short presentations on the basics of fruit tree growing
       Demonstrations of basic procedures and techniques involved in fruit tree growing 
       Hands-on activities, including planting and fertilizing 

Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Coffee, tea, and snacks provided. Please bring a picnic lunch for Saturday.

https://orchardplanning.brownpapertickets.com/ 

Topics covered include:

Planning, with an emphasis on site selection, soil assessment, and soil improvement

What grows well in the Monterey Bay region? Principal fruits covered 
 Apples
 Pears
 Peaches and Nectarines
 Plums and Pluots
 Apricots and Apriums
 Persimmons

Getting Started 
 Varietal selection
 Rootstocks
 Soil preparation
 Planting
 Post-plant care (years 1 and 2)
 Establishing the young tree

Irrigation Systems
Pollination

Maintaining established trees 
 A year-round fertility plan
 Summer and winter pruning and training
 Pest and disease control

Demonstrations will include 
 Cover cropping and compost making
 Soil preparation and planting
 Post-planting fertilization 
 Pruning young and established trees
 DIY grafting


If you prefer to pre-register for this class by mail (no service charge), please send a check made payable to UC Regents to:

Vanessa Ackermann
CASFS
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA  95064
attn: Fruit Tree Boot Camp

Please include your contact information (phone and email) with your check.

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