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Gardening During COVID-19

Garden Maintenance Guide

This guide includes seasonal gardening tips that will help you get ready for fall & winter. Download now.

Although in-person gardening events have been canceled because of COVID-19, gardening at home is a safe way to stay active and healthy during the pandemic. If you need seeds, compost, or starts check out our lists of local partner nurseries, bulk garden suppliers, and online seed catalogs below. Be sure to call first as hours, inventory, and services may have changed. For a list of on-line gardening events, click here.

Local Partner Nurseries:

These are partner nurseries who stock diverse Bay-Friendly plants. If you don't see your local nursery listed here, please contact them about hours and access.

(925) 447-0280
981 Alden Lane, Livermore
Open Friday through Monday, 9 am to 4 pm
 
(510) 797-3700
3700 Thornton Ave, Fremont
Open Monday through Friday, 7 am to 9 pm; and Saturday & Sunday, 7 am to 7 pm
 
(510) 845-6490
2332 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley
Open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 am to 3:45 pm
 
(510) 632-1522
350 San Leandro, Blvd.
Open 7 days a week, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
 
(510) 652-1936
4001 Grand Ave, Oakland
Open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 6 pm; Saturday, 9 am to 6:30 pm; and Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm
 
(510) 387-9744
702 Channing Way, Berkeley
Open Thursday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
 
(510) 755-1102
2701 Main St, Alameda
Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
 
(510) 686-3493
2727 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland
Open Wednesday through Friday, 11 am to 6pm; and Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm; and Sunday, 12 pm to 5 pm
 
(510) 234-2222
601A Canal Blvd., Richmond
Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm  
 

Bulk Garden Suppliers:

Check out the Marketplace on Lawn to Garden for a complete directory of Bay Area sources for bulk recycled compost, mulch, and sheet mulch materials. 


Seed Catalogs:


On-line Gardening Events

Sustainable Practices for Water-Wise Gardening

When: August 8, 2020, 11 am to 1 pm
Hosted by: Ecology Center
Cost: $10-$25 
 

This virtual class focuses on permaculture and sustainable techniques for your home garden. Lori Caldwell, owner of CompostGal Consulting will cover topics that include sheet-mulching, the benefits of compost and much, bio-intensive edible garding, hydrozoning, using recycled water, drip irrigation and native plants will also be covered.

Lori Caldwell, is an Alameda County Master Composter, a Stopwaste Educator, a Bay-Friendly Qualified Landscape Professional and an avid edible gardener. She has been teaching sustainable gardening classes since 2007.

This is part two of a four-part series. Sign up for any or all of the classes!

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Garden Questions and Answers with Ploughshares Nursery Manager Jeff Bridge

When: August 8, 2020, 3 pm
Hosted by: Ploughshares Nursery
 

Join Ploughshare’s nursery manager via Zoom for a question answer session about seasonal.  Bring your questions related to summer gardening and hopefully take back answers which will improve your enjoyment of the garden.

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Garden Questions and Answers with Ploughshares Nursery Manager Jeff Bridge

When: August 18, 2020, 7 pm
Hosted by: Ploughshares Nursery
 

Join Ploughshare’s nursery manager again via Zoom, this time in the evening, for a question answer session about gardening. Bring your questions related to seasonal gardening and hopefully take back answers which will hopefully improve your experience.

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Garden Pests and Non-Toxic Ways to Control Them

When: September 19, 2020, 11 am to 1 pm
Hosted by: Ecology Center
Cost: $10-$25 
 

Pests are an unfortunate, but manageable part of the gardening experience. In this class, Lori Caldwell, owner of CompostGal Consulting will show participants easy and budget-friendly non-toxic pest control techniques to help tackle and prevent typical garden pests.

Lori Caldwell is an Alameda County Master Composter, a Stopwaste Educator, a Bay-Friendly Qualified Landscape Professional and an avid edible gardener. She has been teaching sustainable gardening classes since 2007.

This is part three of a four-part series. Sign up for any or all of the classes!

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Eat What You Grow

When: October 10, 2020, 11 am to 1 pm
Hosted by: Ecology Center
Cost: $10-$25 
 

There is nothing more satisfying than eating food from your own garden. Lori Caldwell, owner of CompostGal Consulting, will cover topics that include crop rotation, seeds vs. starts, soil fertility, and plant succession, transplanting seedlings, watering /irrigation and the best crops for your garden. Emphasis on reuse materials will also be discussed.

Lori Caldwell, is an Alameda County Master Composter, a Stopwaste Educator, a Bay-Friendly Qualified Landscape Professional and an avid edible gardener. She has been teaching sustainable gardening classes since 2007.

This is part four of a four-part series. Sign up for any or all of the classes!

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Planting with Compost

Give your plants a boost by adding compost when you plant.

Planting with Compost