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SANTA CRUZ

UCSC Center for Agroecology hosts pruning class

Pruning Deciduous Fruit Trees is a Virtual Screening with Live Q&A on from 5-7 pm Feb. 15. Join Chadwick Garden Manager, Orin Martin, for a watch and talk session with live Q&A accompanied by several recorded video segments that demonstrate detailed pruning techniques. This class will focus on pome fruits (apples and pears) as well as stone fruits (peach, nectarine, plum, apricot, aprium). To register for these classes, visit agroecology.ucsc.edu.

MONTEREY BAY

Rose Society hosts workday in display garden

The Monterey Bay Rose Society has a public garden at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. They meet monthly on the second Saturday to deadhead, weed and take care of over 130 roses. February’s workday is from 9 am-12 pm Saturday and the public is invited to join in; bring gloves and pruners. Rose experts will be there to answer your questions. The rose garden is located near the horse arena. Enter through the Livestock Gate and proceed to the rose garden. Rain cancels. For more information, visit montereybayrosesociety.org or call 831-345-2678.

SCOTTS VALLEY

Love Apple Farms holds tomato classes

Love Apple Farms still has room in their three remaining tomato classes in February. On Saturday, and again on Feb. 27, is Tomato Masters. In this class you will learn how to master the art and science of the world’s most popular fruit. Follow the growing techniques learned in this workshop to grow 7 foot tall plants that yield 100 pounds of fruit per plant.

This is a hands-on seminar on backyard tomato growing. Get the latest techniques for fertilizing, pruning, and soil amending for maximum production, health and taste. On Feb. 26 is Growing Tomato Transplants From Seed where you will learn how to sow and care for young tomato seedlings. Participants choose from more than 150 varieties of heirloom tomatoes from Love Apple Farm’s specialty seed bank. We sow them in seed flats and soil (supplied), while receiving direction and instruction on proper soil to use, heirloom variety selection for your individual growing conditions, germination requirements, care after seedlings emerge, proper transplanting techniques, and more. Students take home a sown flat of up to 48 different varieties of tomatoes with the potential for a total of 150 live plants. For pricing and registration, visit growbetterveggies.com.

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY

UC Master Gardeners offers fruit tree pruning class

Winter is the best time to prune most fruit trees, while they are dormant and their structure is easily seen. Winter pruning invigorates fruit trees to produce and support strong fruit production. This two part class is taught by Diane Mahan, UC Master Gardener, and professional landscaper. Learn the why and how of winter fruit tree pruning of both old-growth and newly planted fruit trees from 5-6:30 pm Feb. 24 on Zoom. Diane will address when summer pruning is recommended. The first class will be presented virtually and a second class will offer a demonstration of pruning techniques at the San Juan Bautista State Park orchard on March 12 look for separate registration. The classes are free to all with the option to provide a suggested donation of $5 or more to support the all-volunteer Master Gardener program.

To register, visit mbmg.ucanr.edu. When on the website, sign up for the monthly newsletter, “What to do in the Garden.” February’s newsletter includes presentations on preparing straw bales for planting, tree dahlias, and listening to Master Gardeners on KSQD.

LIVE OAK

Santa Cruz Garden Exchange holds February meeting

Join the Santa Cruz Garden Exchange from 3-4 pm Feb. 19 at the Live Oak Grange parking lot. Bring seeds, volunteers, cuttings, bulbs, specimen plants or anything garden related to give away. One need not bring anything in order to receive. Current Santa Cruz County COVID-19 protocols will be followed. The Garden Exchange was inaugurated in 2011 as a way to exchange extra plants from our gardens and has evolved into a monthly community event with advice, friendships, and connections made every month. For more information, email gardencruzer@gmail.com. To make private trades, join Santa Cruz Garden Exchange Facebook group.

The Garden Digest is compiled by Susan Salinger. To submit items for the calendar including events, meetings, resources, or anything garden related, email sentinelhomeandgarden@gmail.com.

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