The Green Thumb: Community workshops available in SJ County
by Heather Hamilton / Our Town
Mar 18, 2011 | 1980 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ready to learn something new to use in the garden? Community workshop sessions with San Joaquin County master gardeners have been announced for the remainder of 2011.

The workshops will be at the Manteca Branch Library and the San Joaquin County Historical Museum at Micke Grove in Lodi.

If you, like me, are wondering why there are no workshops in Tracy in 2011, it is because there aren’t enough Tracy master gardeners. This is surprising, as there are many talented, dedicated gardeners in our community.

I hope some of you take advantage of the next training that is offered and join us in helping all Tracy residents become better gardeners.



Manteca

• April 16: Intro to container gardening

• May 21: IPM — the 10 least-wanted bugs and how to deal with them

• June 18: Water conservation in the home

landscape

• July 16: Attracting birds and beneficial insects to your garden

• Aug. 20: Composting and green-waste reduction, building healthy soil

• Sept. 17: Turf grass 101 — managing a healthy lawn

• Oct. 15: Landscape trees and shrubs — selecting, planting and training

• Nov. 19: Winter garden chores

Classes will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Manteca Branch Library, 320 W. Center St., between Poplar and Sycamore Avenues. Classes are free. All participants are asked to register a week in advance by calling 953-6100.



Lodi

• April 9: Plant a drought-tolerant landscape for the valley

• May 14: IPM — the 10 least-wanted bugs and how to deal with them

• June 11: Weed control and prevention

• July 9: Attracting birds and beneficial insects to your garden

• Aug. 13: Composting and green-waste reduction, building healthy soil

• Sept. 10: Turf grass 101 — managing a healthy lawn

• Oct. 8: Landscape trees and shrubs — selecting, planting and training

• Nov. 12: Winter garden chores

Classes will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the San Joaquin County Historical Museum, 11793 N. Micke Grove Road, in Lodi. There is a $5 parking fee at Micke Grove Regional Park, but classes are free with regular museum admission. All participants are asked to register a week beforehand at 331-2055.

• University of California-certified master gardeners are available to answer gardening questions from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 953-6112 or mgsanjoaquin@ucdavis.edu. Questions for Heather Hamilton can be sent to ucmastergardener@gmail.com.
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