Gardening Events Calendar
It's the time of year for spring plants sales, see our listings below! Also, we encourage you to check out our Healthy Soils Webinar Series, which includes our Healthy Soils, Backyard Composting, and Worm Composting webinars. To access all of the soil building resources mentioned in the webinars, click here.
Adopt-a-Plant Fundraising Sale
Hosted by: The Plant Exchange
Shop from the diverse array of plants (indoor and outdoor) as well as garden decore.
The Watershed Nursery Celebrates Native Plant Week
Hosted by: The Watershed Nursery
Coming up April 17-24th is California Native Plant Week! The Watershed Nursery is offering a free packet of wildflower seeds for every purchase of $30 or more, April 17-24. They have lots of spring annuals ready to plant now, come visit soon!
Alameda Backyard Growers 2nd Annual Socially-Distanced Plant Sale
Hosted by: Alameda Backyard Growers (ABG)
On April 25th, ABG will host its 2nd annual plant sale at a private residence featuring their “Alameda Famous Tomatoes,” 19 carefully curated varieties packed with flavor and designed to do well in Alameda. They will also have a selection of Winter Squash, Zucchini, Cucumbers, Basil, Peppers and Loofah for sale. And there will be some pollinator-friendly flowers available to help make your 2021 garden a great success.
LEAF Online Spring Seedling Sale
Hosted by: LEAF
LEAF will be offering online shopping with curbside pickup at Stone Garden in Fremont. (Sorry, no drop in shopping.) This year they are offering over 130 different veggies and flowers including their very popular assortment of Indian veggies. They have two new tools to assist your gardening experience: a Local When to Grow Calendar and LEAF Wiki Seedling Catalog. In them you will find a calendar of when to plant edible plants and growing tips on specific varieties we will be selling to help you cultivate a happy garden!
Merritt College's Landscape Horticulture Department Online Plant Sale
Hosted by: Merritt College
Order annual edibles, ornamentals, herbs and California natives online and then go to Merritt College to pickup. Masks and physical distancing are required. The plant availability list will be posted by or before Sunday, April 25th.
Merritt College's Landscape Horticulture Department In-Person Plant Sale
Hosted by: Merritt College
Shop for edibles, ornamentals, herbs and California natives. Masks and social-distancing are required.
Oaktown Native Plant Nursery Spring Sale
Hosted by: Oaktown Native Plant Nursery
Known for their great selection of native plants that are local to the Bay Area. Oaktown is also open Thursday through Sunday if you can’t make the sale. Open for in-person, masked and socially distanced shopping.
Sustainable Gardening for Renters
Hosted by: Ecology Center
Are you a renter who wants to grow a garden? No yard? No extra money? No problem! Most renters, especially if they’re not planning a stay, prefer not to spend too much time or money fixing up someone else’s property.
But the benefits of home gardening, including lowering your grocery bills, making healthier eating easier and combatting climate change and the mind benefits of planting should not be an obstacle to renters. In this hands-on workshop, Lori “Compost Gal” Caldwell, a long-time renter herself, will help you navigate small spaces and the ways to grow food as a renter. She will demonstrate creative solutions and cover topics such as:
- Container gardening indoors and outside
- Vertical Gardening (hanging pots and peats, pallets & trellises
- From concrete to food: creating temporary raised beds
- Plant selection, crop rotation and maintaining fertility
- Working with your landlord and landlord incentives for lawn conversion
- Free/low cost resources
- Reuse options
- Taking your garden with you
Hosted by: PG & E
Do you have a burning question you’ve always wanted to ask a landscape design or maintenance expert? Have a question about a specific plant or landscape challenge where nothing seems to work no matter what you do? Styled after NPR’s long-running and popular “Car Talk” program and continued from last year's Water Showcase, this session is designed to address landscape, garden, and plant questions from attendees. We will also include a guest panelist, a garden-based puzzler, and a “stump the chumps” segment. If you are unfamiliar with “Car Talk”, go here: cartalk.com. Because we can substantiate questions with visuals, participants can submit photographs, diagrams, and other descriptive information related to your inquiry. Send plant and landscape questions and visuals to Ryan Stroupe at email@example.com in advance of April 13.
Square Foot Gardening in Octagonal Raised Bed
'Square Foot Gardening' is the best way to utilize raised bed and small row planting areas in gardens where space is at a premium. Come down to Ploughshares and participate in using the square foot gardening technique to plant an octagonal raised bed with peppers, cabbage, tomatoes and melons.
If there is time they will demonstrate planting a similar bed positioned in the shade with lettuce, cilantro and herbs.
Build Healthy Soil by Sheet Mulching
Hosted by: Alameda Backyard Growers and StopWaste
Sheet mulching is an easy and efficient technique for saving water, recycling resources, suppressing weeds and building healthy soil. Please join Lori Caldwell as she discusses the steps for this process as well as her own tips and tricks for how to sheet mulch. Please bring all your questions!
Lori Caldwell is an Alameda County Master Composter, self taught edible gardener and residential sheet mulch maven. Her mission: “To connect people to the soil and all that it provides” She has been happily teaching sustainable gardening classes and transforming yards in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2007.
Eat What You Grow
Hosted by: Alameda County Library
There is nothing more satisfying that eating food from your own garden. In this online presentation we will cover topics such as transplanting seedlings, seeds vs. starts, soil fertility, and the best crops for your garden. Emphasis on the reuse of materials will also be discussed. There will be ample time for questions after the lecture.
Lori Caldwell is an Alameda County Master Composter, self taught edible gardener and residential sheet mulch maven. Her mission: “To connect people to the soil and all that it provides.” She has been happily teaching sustainable gardening classes and transforming yards in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2007.