UC Master Gardeners of Monterey
and Santa Cruz Counties
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Welcome to our newsletter, featuring our practical, hands-on classes and special events designed for local home gardeners.

What to Do in November/December 
Saying Thank You

Backyard Composting and Vermicomposting Workshop | December 7 | Watsonville

Meet Us in the Garden
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In the Garden

What to Do in November/December

Here are a few things you can do this month in the garden:

  • Continue to water new plantings until the rains start.
  • With shorter days, starting winter plants from seed at this time of year can be challenging. Buy starts at the nursery, unless you have a greenhouse set up for propagation.
  • Spring flowering bulbs are now available, including daffodils, narcissus, ranunculus, anemones, and tulips. Note they may very well flower and brighten your garden before spring, depending on weather.
  • Bare-root plants are available for order now. Consider your microclimate when choosing varieties
  • If you want to prepare an area for planting in the spring, consider letting nature nurture your soil over the winter with cover crops.
  • Don't have a compost pile or worm composting system, but want to start one? Winter is a great time to start a compost system. Attend our Backyard Composting and Vermicomposting Workshop in December to turn your kitchen scraps into a valuable resource for your garden.

Saying Thank You

In the spirit of this season of gratitude, we would like to thank everyone in the community who has supported the UC Master Gardener program, whether you attended one of our classes or events, stopped by to talk to us at our public information booths. contacted us through our hotline or social media, or bought plants from one of our plant sales.

A special thanks go to our community partners, businesses and organizations who contributed to our successes this year and the Salinas homeowners who opened their gardens for our garden tour. Thank you for your generosity!

We're committed to educating the home gardening community in the best ways possible. As we plan our class schedule for the next year, please let us know if you have feedback or suggestions.

Photo: Fall Fest & Plant Sale Grand Prize

Upcoming Classes


Backyard Compost & Vermicompost Workshop

10:00 am - noon

UCCE Auditorium - Watsonville
1430 Freedom Blvd, Watsonville, CA 95076

Cost: $5

Not sure what to do with your kitchen, garden and yard scraps? Would you like natural, homemade compost for your lawns and gardens in the spring? Expand your recycling efforts and learn to turn your yard waste and food scraps into a valuable resource for your garden.

December is the perfect month to start a compost or vermicompost (worm-based) system! It's easier than you think.

This workshop includes a combination of lecture, hands-on, and other participatory activities in order to learn the two primary methods of home composting—vermicomposting (worm-based composting) and backyard composting—as well as harvesting and using your resulting compost. The hands-on portion of the class will be focused on vermiculture.

Register for Backyard Compost & Vermicompost Workshop

Upcoming Events

Meet Us in the Garden

UC Master Gardeners will be available at the events listed below. Stop by and ask us questions, or just say hello!

Marina Certified Farmers' Market | Marina
Sunday, November 17 & Sunday, November 24, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Science Saturday: Magnificent Monarchs | Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
Saturday, November 30, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Ask a Master Gardener!

Have questions about your garden but can't meet us in person? We are here to help! Submit your questions to our Hotline here!
Copyright 2019 UC Master Gardeners of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties

Our all-volunteer organization offers low-cost gardening and landscaping advice to home gardeners in our beautiful Central Coast region. For more information on classes, resources and advice, please visit our website.
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