Home & Garden Digest – Santa Cruz Sentinel
Events of the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
The Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems is organizing many exciting events in early June. The CASFS farm booth starts on June 8, there is a virtual “poetry in the garden” with Orin Martin on June 9 and a citrus class scheduled for June 16. To see these and other events on the farm, visit casfs.ucsc.edu
Master gardeners of Monterey and Santa Cruz organize irrigation course
Instructor Avry Miller will discuss the role of water in agricultural and home irrigation: how to assess soil moisture and structure, understand the impact of environmental conditions on irrigation, and determine the irrigation needs of Specific market gardening and tree crops, from 5 to 6:30 a.m. on May 27 via Zoom. Miller will also demonstrate a simple drip system and all of its components.
For more information and to register, visit mbmg.ucanr.edu
The Gerbera festival returns
Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks sponsors the Kitayama Brothers Farms Gerbera Festival as “Gerbera-N-Go,” a drive-through flower sale at Kitayama Brothers Farms, 481 San Andreas Road, Watsonville. Crates of five plants with a mix of colors can be pre-ordered online for $ 10 per crate from May 14 to June 15, at www.thatsmypark.org/shop and will be available for pickup from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 19. . All proceeds will benefit the Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and the Santa Cruz Farm Office Agricultural Worker Vaccination Program.
Kindred Herbs hosts a spring plant sale
Kindred Herbs is having an in-person herbal start-up sale from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on June 6 at Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave. Over 60 varieties of herbal remedies from around the world will be on offer, including Aruvedic, Chinese, European, Americas, Native California, and Elderberry.
To see what’s available, visit kindred-herbs.com
Santa Cruz Garden Exchange hosts monthly swap
The Santa Cruz Garden Exchange will be held from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday, at the Live Oak Grange parking lot, 1900 17th Avenue. Gardeners are encouraged to bring items from their gardens for donation; seeds, bulbs, cuttings, seedlings or any other item related to the garden. All items not donated must be brought home and masks are mandatory.
Santa Cruz Symphony League presents ‘Ready, Set, Garden’
In these unpredictable times, your garden is your sanctuary… the Symphony League takes this to heart and has designed an event to help your garden grow and the gardener in you flourish. Take part in ‘Ready, Set, Garden’, a series of virtually featured speaker workshops, to immerse yourself in captivating gardening topics including succulents, birds and bees in the garden, gardening at home with children and grandchildren, floral design and more. The virtual tour runs from June 5 to June 20.
For more information and tickets, visit santacruzsymphonyleague.org
The botanical library of the UCSC Arboretum is open
The John and Bill Lane Library at the UCSC Arboretum and Botanical Garden has reopened. Currently a loan-less library, the collection focuses on South African, Australian, New Zealand and Californian plants. There are books that specialize in the protea family and biogeography with the collection’s overall focus on horticulture and floristics. Visit arboretum.ucsc.edu for COVID-19 policies, directions, and schedules.
The Garden Digest is compiled by Susan Salinger. To submit items for the calendar, including events, meetings, resources, or anything else related to the garden, send an email to [email protected]