UC Master Gardeners of Monterey
and Santa Cruz Counties
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Dear Gardening Friends: Welcome to our newsletter, with tips for local home gardeners. This month the newsletter is a little different! Along with our "What to Do" monthly feature, we're delighted to announce two events: our virtual mini-conference happening this week and our upcoming plant sale!

Join Our Virtual Mini-Conference! (Now)
Our Fall Plant Sale Begins October 13
What to Do in the Garden


Thank you for being a part of our gardening community.

In the Garden

Join Our Virtual Mini-Conference

For the first time, the statewide organization of UC Master Gardeners is holding our conference online, and opening it up to the public.

Topics include: houseplants (see video below), fire safe landscaping, composting for soil health and preserving your harvest.

No need to register, just pick and choose which sessions to attend. If you can't make it live, all sessions will be recorded and posted on YouTube and Facebook.
Watch Tuesday afternoon's session about Houseplants from the Director of the UC David Botanical Conservancy, Ernesto Sandoval

Fall Plant Sale Begins October 13!

Need plants for your fall garden? We're delighted to announce our pop-up plant nursery will open October 13!

The sale features a variety of plants, including herbs, vegetables, California native plants, shrubs, trees, along with exclusive handmade seasonal decorations such as wreaths and centerpieces.

The online store will close for the season on October 30, or when we run out of inventory!

Watch your email--we'll let you know when the store opens!
cinderella pumpkin | UCMG joy

What to Do in the Garden

Fire is on everyone's mind. If you're interested in learning about fire safe gardening, our virtual conference will be hosting a talk showing step-by-step how to develop a fire-resistant landscape where plants and hardscape are maintained so that they do not easily transmit fire. If you can't make it live on October 1 at 9 am, the session will be recorded.
  • Clean up: Remove any diseased plant material and put them in your green recycling bin for pick up. Keeping diseased plant material encourages pests and diseases to stay in your garden!
  • Healthy plant material can be put in the compost pile. Consider using those fallen (healthy) leaves as mulch for your garden.
  • Plant perennials, including California natives. California native plants increase your garden's biodiversity while attracting native bees and other beneficial insects to your garden. Take advantage of autumn's cooler soil temperatures and coming winter rains to get your new plantings established.
  • Until the rain returns, keep newly planted perennials and California natives watered. 
  • Plant cool-season vegetables and greens. Here is a blog article about successful fall vegetable gardening  with tips and suggestions for which plants benefit from the cooler soil of October.

Gardening Resources

Planting Schedules
Santa Cruz County (PDF)
Monterey County (PDF)

Growing Vegetables: California Garden Web Guide to Growing Vegetables
Plant Diseases for Common Vegetables: Plant Diseases for Vegetables and Melons
Growing Berries: Growing Berries in Your Backyard

Got questions? We have Advice to Grow By!

Class Resources
Our collection of class resources is always available, featuring presentations and handouts from our live (past) classes, including Edible Landscaping, Backyard Composting, Landscaping with California Native Plants, Seed Starting, Raising Chickens, Container Gardening and more.

Quail (c) Maria Gaura
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Our all-volunteer organization offers no-cost & low-cost research-based gardening and landscaping advice to the home gardeners in our beautiful Central Coast region. For more information on classes, resources, and advice, please visit our website.
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