UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA
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UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA

Spring Garden Market — Gardening Talks and More

Educational presentation at Master Gardener Garden Market
Come to the market and attend one of our Gardening Talks, visit our Ask the Experts information tables, or talk with us in our plant areas. We are here to answer your questions. Bring your plant, soil, pest, and tool questions to our Education Booths. We will have also have docents in the California Native Garden, the Habitat & Pollinator Gardens, the Ornamental Raised Bed area, and the Garlic beds.

Gardening Talks for 2019

Join us for 40-minute talks on a variety of gardening topics at the Spring Garden Market.

10:00–10:40 a.m.

Growing Vegetables in Containers

Love the taste of fresh vegetables, but short on gardening space? If you've got a sunny porch, patio or balcony, you can grow many vegetables successfully in containers. We'll discuss container size, soil, watering, and fertilizing, along with which plants do well in containers. Examples will be shown.

10:45–11:25 a.m.

Terrific Tomatoes from your Garden

Who doesn't love a home-grown tomato? Come to this talk for a discussion on how and when to plant tomatoes, soil preparation, irrigation needs and fertilizing, along with staking/caging tips and hints.

11:30–Noon

Community Garden Dedication Ceremony

Hosted by Santa Clara County Supervisor David Cortese

12:05–12:40 p.m.

Growing Chiles and Peppers

We can grow an amazing variety of chiles in this area — many different colors, sizes, and heat levels. Learn how to get your plants off to a great start. We will cover transplanting, watering, fertilizing, protecting, and harvesting.

12:45–1:30 p.m.

Success with Succulents

Colorful, exciting, carefree, and drought resistant, succulents look wonderful planted out in the garden or in pots on a deck; but they need proper care to thrive. We'll talk about different types of succulents, where to plant them, how to improve soil for proper drainage, when to water and fertilize, and discuss some simple propagating tips to help you enjoy growing succulents.

New this year, we will also be giving talks at the Spring Celebration over at the Martial Cottle Park Headquarters.

10:30–11:10 a.m.

Summer Vegetable Gardening

Ever thought about growing a summer garden? Want to know what's involved? We'll talk about how to plan and plant a garden, from site considerations and selection, to preparation, plant and seed choices, planting, watering, fertilizing, care, pests, and harvesting. Try growing something new in your garden this year!

11:15–11:55 a.m.

Growing Vegetables in Containers

Love the taste of fresh vegetables, but short on gardening space? If you've got a sunny porch, patio or balcony, you can grow many vegetables successfully in containers. We'll discuss container size, soil, watering, and fertilizing, along with which plants do well in containers. Examples will be shown.

12:00–12:40 p.m.

Native Plants in your Landscape

Come learn about the advantages native plants offer in your landscape. Besides being attractive, many are drought resistant, well suited to our soils and climate, hardy and low-maintenance, and provide the perfect habitat for attracting native wildlife to our gardens. We will also talk about the free Going Native Garden Tour coming up on May 4th and 5th, where you can visit local gardens that feature native plants – many in full bloom – displayed in a variety of different landscape designs.

 

Ask the Experts Information Tables

Help Desk table at garden market
Bring your plant, soil, pest, and tool questions to our Education Booths.

  • Help Desk LIVE! Bring your questions and plant samples and learn more about what is in our gardens.
  • California Native Plants: Find out more about these plants that are perfectly adapted to our climate
  • Tool Care: See live demonstrations of how to keep your tools sharp and in tip-top condition. Bring your own hand pruner (must be in working condition) and learn to sharpen it yourself.
  • Santa Clara Composting Education Program: Learn about composting and where to take free classes.
  • Growing Alliums: Learn about growing garlic, onions, and more
  • School Garden Advice: Get ideas and advice for your school garden

 Other informational booths will include: 4-H, Master Food Preservers, Santa Clara County Parks, Friends of the Master Gardeners

Tomato, Pepper, Herb, Flower, and Succulent Questions

Drop by our sales areas to talk with Master Gardeners and get your questions answered on growing, harvesting, dealing with problems, special varieties, and more!

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