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Public Events Suspended!
In the midst of the world-wide emergency regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), the top priority of UC Master Gardeners is for the health and safety of our communities. In compliance with CDC and State mandates, until further notice, Master Gardeners of Nevada County have suspended public workshops, events and activities:
Also, there is an abundance of information at the other sites which include information on Vegetable gardening, Orchards, and Water-Wise gardening choices. The Composting link provides access to several great composting videos and slide shows with user-friendly speaker's notes!
As we wait to be able to meet together again, watch for updates here, on our site, or look for us on Facebook.
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News from the Demonstration Garden
The Demonstration Garden at 1036 W. Main Street, Grass Valley, (on the NID grounds) is currently closed. We hope you'll come visit once the garden is open!
SPRING IN THE DEMO GARDEN
After a dry winter, we’re hoping for many April showers. Fortunately, we don’t have to wait until May for flowers.
We start looking near the end of January. Sentinel manzanita, Red Hot Poker, Oregon Grape and Silk Tassel highlight the garden. Next the fruit trees put on a dramatic show, although we noticed a scarcity of honey bees. Perhaps they will increase as the season progresses. Some native insects were busy pollinating, so perhaps there will be a good harvest. The various colors of pollen in the fruit blossoms are fascinating—brown on the nectarine, yellow on peaches, plums and apples, and pink and red on Asian pears. A bee on the nectarine had a pollen sac full of brown pollen!
Soon cheery daffodils and the lovely magenta saucer magnolia have taken center stage. Poppies started blooming the second week of March and some of the blueberries were in bloom. Spring renewal is ongoing, and we need to visit the garden regularly, not to miss a moment of excitement. Of course, we also need to visit to pull weeds and groom the garden beds, which are mundane tasks made easier when we contemplate the beauty of spring unfolding.
Our new hoop house is proving it's value as we continue to propagate plants! Constructing it was a big project, and now we are wondering about the next big project. Master Gardeners already have some ideas, and the year is young. In the meantime, let’s head back to the garden to see what is blooming now.
** Check Out This Website! **
If you are looking for gardening information, check out the links on the left side of this home page!
- Watch a compost slide show!
- Ask a question!
- Plan a vegetable garden!
- See the Functional Irrigation presentation under the Water Wise tab!
- Find links to orchard information!
- Subscribe to the Curious Gardener newsletter and read past issues!
Check back soon for more information!