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Gardening Events Calendar

We encourage you to check out our Healthy Soils Webinar Series, which includes the Healthy Soils, Backyard Composting, and Worm Composting webinars. To access all of the soil building resources mentioned in the webinars, click here.

 

Office Hours: Lawn-to-Garden Rebates

When: September 22, at 5 pm
Where: Webinar

Hosted by: EBMUD

Getting ready to convert your lawn to a water-wise garden? Or are you in the middle of a project and feeling stuck? Bring your burning questions to our evening office hour where EBMUD subject matter experts will be on hand to share sustainable landscaping tips and resources and eligibility requirements for the EBMUD rebate program. Reserve your spot! Attendance for this webinar is limited to 30 people. Please come prepared to participate. Attendees will have the opportunity to unmute, ask questions, and share advice.

Register here

 

Horario de oficina: reembolsos de césped a jardín 

When: September 23, at 5 pm
Where: Webinar

Hosted by: EBMUD

¿Estás listo para convertir tu césped a un jardín que usa menos agua? ¿O talvez estás en medio de un proyecto y te sientes atascado? Traiga sus preguntas más urgentes a nuestro horario de oficina nocturna donde los expertos de EBMUD estarán disponibles para compartir consejos y recursos para el jardín sostenible y lo que necesita saber para calificar para un reembolso de EBMUD. Reserve su lugar ahora! Asistentes a este seminario sera limitado a 30 personas. Participantes tendrán la oportunidad activar su microfono y hacer preguntas, y compartir sus éxitos.

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Tap Into the Rain: Make the Most of Rainwater Catchment 

When: September 23, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Webinar

Hosted by: The Clean Water Program

Drought is the new normal, so keeping as much rainwater on your property during the rainy season makes sense! Learn about rain barrels, rain gardens and permeable pavers—all great ways to use rain to beautify your home and replenish thirsty soil, while reducing flooding, pollution and water use.

Webinar Highlights:

  • Rain Barrels and Cisterns: Learn how to capture roof runoff to help recharge your soil and water your garden during the dry season.
  • Rain Gardens: These beautiful landscaped areas help water absorb into the ground and prevent flooding.
  • Pervious Pavement: Learn about pavement options for patios and driveways that let rain water pass through. 

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Preparing your Garden for Fall

When: September 25, from 11 am to 1 pm
Where: Online Event

Hosted by: Ecology Center

One of the many benefits of the Bay Area climate is being able to garden year-round. Fall/Winter is still a great time to grow edibles and improve your landscape. Lori “Compost Gal” Caldwell will share great techniques on how to transition to your Fall garden.  You will learn about seed saving, crop rotation, soil amending, cool-weather edible crops, starting seeds, sheet mulching and planting natives. Whether you are brand new to gardening and are interested in growing your own food or you are a seasoned home gardener, this class will teach you valuable techniques on how to create or transition to a Fall garden.

Lori Caldwell is an Alameda County Master Composter, a Stopwaste Educator, avid edible gardener and Bay-Friendly Qualified Landscape Professional. She has been happily teaching sustainable gardening classes all over the Bay Area since 2007. Her mission is to connect people to the soil and all that it provides.

Register here

 

Alameda Backyard Growers 2nd Annual Plant Swap

When: September 26, at 2 pm
Where: Register for more information

Hosted by: Alameda Backyard Growers

  • Masks must be worn and a distance of 6ft or more maintained.
  • Everyone must use provided hand sanitizer prior to entering the plant swap area.
  • Attendees must bring at least one plant to donate to the swap. Make sure plants are clearly labeled. Plants should be in good health and in healthy soil, to minimize the possible spread of garden pathogens.
  • Other garden-related items are also welcome: books, magazines, tools in good working order and seeds. These will be placed on our FREE table.
  • Registration is required. Location is outdoors in West Alameda and will be announced 48 hours prior via email reminder to those who have registered. Please be sure to register with a valid email address that you are able to check.

Register here

 

Fall Garden Maintenance/Mantenimiento del jardín de otoño

When: September 30, at 1 pm
Where: Webinar

Hosted by: EBMUD

Seasonal maintenance keeps your water-wise garden healthy! In this webinar, Jolene Bertetto, EBMUD Water Conservation Representative, and Suzanne Bontempo, Our Water Our World's IPM Educator & Advocate will cover fall maintenance activities including mulching, adjusting your irrigation controller, pruning, chemical-free pest management, and more. This webinar will be available in both English and Spanish.

!El mantenimiento y uso eficaz de agua en diferentes etapas del año ayudara a mantener su jardín saludable! En este seminario de web, Jolene Bertetto Representante de Conservación de Agua de EBMUD, y Suzanne Bontempo de Our Water Our World’s (Nuestra Agua, Nuestro Mundo) educadora y defensora de manejo integrado de pestes harán un repaso de los principios claves para el mantenimiento y actividades que puede hacer en su jardín en otoño, incluyendo ajustes a su controlador de riego, el mantillo (mulch), poda en el jardín, y como combatir pestes sin químicos. Este seminario web estará disponible en inglés y español.

Register here

 

Cover Crops to Build Healthy Soil in Fremont 

When: October 2, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Where: Quarry Lakes Demonstration Garden, 2100 Isherwood Way, Fremont

Hosted by: UC Master Gardener Program of Alameda County

Cover crops are plants sown for the purpose of repairing and building healthy soil. The roots of these plants add nutrition to your soil, attract beneficial bacteria and fungi, and break up compacted soil. The Master Gardeners will provide hands-on information about choosing and planting cover crops and show demonstrations. Choose between two dates at the Fremont and Hayward demonstration gardens!

There is a $5 parking fee at Quarry Lakes Recreation Area, but free parking is available at Isherwood Staging Area (about a quarter-mile level walk to the garden).

E-mail the Master Gardener Program

 

Cover Crops to Build Healthy Soil in Hayward 

When: October 9, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Where: Hayward Demonstration and Community Garden, 25051 Whitman Avenue, Hayward.

Hosted by: UC Master Gardener Program of Alameda County

Cover crops are plants sown for the purpose of repairing and building healthy soil. The roots of these plants add nutrition to your soil, attract beneficial bacteria and fungi, and break up compacted soil. The Master Gardeners will provide hands-on information about choosing and planting cover crops and show demonstrations. Choose between two dates at the Fremont and Hayward demonstration gardens!

E-mail the Master Gardener Program

 

Seed Saving for Everyone 

When: October 9, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Online Event

Hosted by: Ecology Center

In this workshop you will learn the age- old tradition of seed-saving and join the movement to protect biodiversity and preserve heirloom varieties of seeds. From the botany and different types of seeds, to using nature’s abilities to save your own seeds, you will learn the steps necessary to plan your garden for seed saving. At the end of this class you will have a clear idea of plant reproduction how to choose, clean and store worthwhile seeds to ensure the highest rate of germination and propagation from your seeds.

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Preparing your Garden for Fall

When: October 18, from 6 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: Main Library, 1550 Oak Street, Alameda

Hosted by: Alameda Free Library

One of the many benefits of our climate is being able to garden year-round!! Fall/Winter is still a great time to garden. In this 90 minute class Lori Caldwell will go over some great techniques on how to transition to your Fall garden: cool-weather edible crops, starting seeds, crop rotation, sheet mulching & planting natives.

To ensure that all participants are social distancing, we require registration prior to the event at refdesk@alamedafree.gov. A mask, covering nose and mouth is mandatory.

Get more information and register here

 

Alden Lane Fall Festival

When: October 9 & 10, from 11 am to 4 pm each day
Where: Alden Lane Nursery, 981 Alden Lane, Livermore

Hosted by: Alden Lane

Alden Lane is planning a fun-filled weekend for the whole family. There will be live music, garden fresh food, and a scarecrow building contest for anyone who has an imagination and loves to have fun! A full schedule of gardening classes covers many different topics including planting with natives, houseplants, winter veggies, planting trees, and replacing the lawn.

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Growing Winter Succulents & Turning Them Into Holiday Gifts 

When: November 13, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Online event.

Hosted by: Ecology Center

Can succulents survive in the winter? The answer is yes. Can you grow them yourself? Absolutely!

Extreme cold even brings out the gorgeous and vibrant colors of these hardy plants. Their ease of propagation and low water requirements make them a unique, compelling and environmentally friendly gift as you start thinking about your holiday giving.

In this workshop, Ecology Center Classroom instructor Lori “Compost Gal” Caldwell” will teach you the steps needed to successfully grow your own winter succulents and share unique ideas of how to package them in beautiful upcycled containers.

Learn more and buy tickets