Beginning of the Master Gardener Fall Workshop Series

A new season of Master Gardener Workshops is underway! The series kicked off with “Fall Vegetable and Seed Starting” on August 23 and will end on December 6 with “Gardening for a Lifetime.” In all, this fall series has 18 workshops, covering eleven new topics and seven important basics. There’s something here for every type of gardener and every size of home garden, whether you’re tending a balcony of plants in containers or growing fruits and vegetables on a large plot for your family, friends and neighbors.

“The Real Dirt” is a chronicle of various local Master Gardeners who are part of UC Butte County’s Master Gardeners.

In the months ahead, the fundamental skills to develop healthy soil; install and maintain a drip irrigation system; composting; propagation and division plants; prune ornamental trees and shrubs; and pruning of fruit trees will be covered. For those ready to convert a lawn area into a more diverse, pollinator-friendly plant collection, we have a workshop for that too.

A number of new workshops focus on issues related to our changing (and warmer) climate, including how to manage heat in the garden; how to design your landscape for a warmer, drier climate; the benefits of native plants in our harsh environment; and steps you can take to manage your garden in the event of prolonged drought.

Interested in adding a new gardening skill? We have bonsai workshops; vertical gardening; companion planting; composting with worms (vermiculture); and the use of self-watering pots and planters.

Most workshops will take place in the outdoor classroom located in the Master Gardener’s Demonstration Garden or inside Pat’s Barn; both are located at Patrick Ranch (10381 Midway, between Chico and Durham). Some workshops will take place in private residences; the Native Plant Workshop is a joint venture with the Paradise Garden Club and will be held in Paradise at the Terry Ashe Recreation Center. While most workshops take place in the morning, this season several are offered in the early evening (6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.).

Here is a list of workshop topics and dates. All workshops are free, but require pre-registration. For a full description of all workshops, information about our COVID-19 safety guidelines, and to register, visit our website at ucanr.edu, Workshops for Fall 2022 – UC Master Gardeners of Butte County.

September

Landscaping for a warmer, drier climate: Wednesday, Sept. 7, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Learn how to create spaces in your garden that are better suited to heat and less water-intensive.

Self-watering pots and planters: Friday, September 9, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Discover the different types of self-watering containers: how they work, the best planting media for them and the types of plants that grow in them or not.

Companionship with ornamental plants: Saturday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Attract pollinators, repel pests and provide food for wildlife by combining plants that give each other the nutrients, shade and/or support they need.

Vermiculture Why do I keep throwing this stuff away when the worms would love to eat it?: Monday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Learn how to make a simple trash can that uses worms to compost kitchen scraps, creating compost for your garden.

The three most important things you can do in your garden: Thursday, Sept. 22, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Best practices for soil health, plant health and human health are all linked. Three processes are essential; no tillage, no bare soil and no herbicides, pesticides or synthetic fertilizers.

Spread: Tuesday, Sept. 27, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Learn when and how to propagate woody perennials and divide plants.

Propagation Workshop Leader Jenny Marr shows attendees what to look for.  (Laura Kling/Contributed)
Propagation Workshop Leader Jenny Marr shows attendees what to look for. (Laura Kling/Contributed)

October

Lawn conversion to reduce water usage and add interest to your garden: Wednesday, Oct. 5, 6 to 7:30 p.m. This workshop explains how to lay out a lawn and, if necessary, replant it to reduce water bills, encourage wildlife and create a more diversified garden.

Bonsai: Friday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Learn the pruning and training techniques needed to create a beautiful miniature tree.

Ruben Rodarte leads a workshop on the ancient art of bonsai.  (Sharon Wallace/contributor)
Ruben Rodarte leads a workshop on the ancient art of bonsai. (Sharon Wallace/contributor)

Heat in the garden and what to do about it: Tuesday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Learn to recognize the symptoms of heat stress on different crops and how to minimize these harmful effects.

Composting: Tuesday, Oct. 18, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This workshop covers a variety of approaches to creating compost, from the simplest to the most complex.

Vertical gardening and edible gardening: Thursday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Maximize your garden space by growing fruits, vegetables and vines upwards.

November

talk about the drought: Wednesday, Nov. 9, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Learn how to take precautions in your garden that will help you set your gardening priorities and plan for persistent drought.

native plants: Monday Nov 14, 1-2pm This workshop will take place in Paradise, where gardeners are dealing with the challenges created by the campfire as well as our persistent drought. Native plants and other sun-loving, drought-tolerant plants help conserve water and attract pollinators.

Installation and maintenance of drip irrigation: Wednesday, Nov. 16, 6-7:30 p.m. An overview of different drip irrigation systems, how to install them, and how to troubleshoot and make repairs.

Pruning ornamental trees and shrubs: Tuesday, Nov. 29, noon to 1:30 p.m. Learn when and how to prune for size and shape, and the right tools for various pruning jobs.

December

Pruning fruit trees: Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Different fruit trees bear fruit in different ways; this workshop includes a demonstration of the best way to prune various fruit trees.

Gardening for a lifetime: Tuesday, Dec 6, 10-11:30 a.m. Practical tips on plants, labor-saving techniques, tools and exercises to help us continue to garden successfully as we get older (inevitably ).

The UC Butte County Master Gardeners are part of the University of California Cooperative Extension System, serving our community in a variety of ways, including 4-H, agricultural counselors, and nutrition and health programs. ‘physical activity. To learn more about the UCCE Butte County Master Gardeners and for help with gardening in our area, visit https://ucanr.edu/sites/bcmg/. If you have a gardening question or problem, call the hotline at 538-7201 or email [email protected]

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