Home & Garden Digest—Santa Cruz Sentinel


Lavender Wand Course planned for April 24-25 June

The Lavender Ladies of the Mid County Senior Citizens Center will host an annual Lavender Wand Class on June 24th and 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the pavilion area of ​​the center’s gardens, 829 Bay Ave., Capitola. Participants will learn the ancient technique of building fragment bundles. Wands are beautiful in a vase or as a fresh scent for any room, linen closet or drawer. The cost of the course is a $20 donation to the Senior Center. All materials are provided for up to two wands per person. Advance reservations help ensure there is the right amount of supplies for everyone in the class. To make a reservation, call 831-476-4711 or email mcsc4treasurer@ gmail.


The Santa Cruz Garden Exchange hosts a June event

Meet with neighbors at the Garden Exchange in the Live Oak Grange parking lot at 1900 17th Ave on June 25 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. in Santa Cruz. Participants are encouraged to bring something from their garden to give away. You don’t have to bring anything to receive. What is not given away must not be left behind in the manor. For more information, email gardencruzer@gmail.com. Join the Santa Cruz Garden Exchange Facebook group for private trades anytime.


Gardener website explains invasive plants

Last week was California Invasive Species Action Week and by visiting mbmg.ucanr.edu. You can read an illustrative article about invasive species being brought to California and things you can do to fix the problem. “People love everything new and different, and that includes plants for their garden. In the past, when plants were brought to California from other places, people had no idea it could cause environmental problems. Whether they arrived accidentally or on purpose, California has become home to approximately 1,100 plant species/subspecies not found naturally in the state.” The goal of the article is to raise awareness about invasive species, their negative impacts, and how you can help to stop its spread.


Master gardeners sponsor citrus class

Join Santa Cruz Garden Co.’s Master Gardener and Garden Adviser, Loretta Heath, to learn all about citrus on June 27 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Now is a great time to plant a citrus shrub or tree. Citrus trees are versatile additions to any garden. They can be grown in a container or in the ground and a healthy citrus tree will provide bountiful fruit for years. In this course, you will learn which varieties grow best in the Monterey Bay Area, how to choose a good plant, and plant it properly, whether in a container or in the ground. In addition, the care and fertilization of existing citrus fruits and protection against pests are taught. For more information and to register for this free course, visit mbmg.ucanr.edu.


Prevedelli Farms starts Olallieberry season

Visit prevedelli.com to pre-order Olallieberries for pickup at your local Santa Cruz Farmers Market or by appointment at the farm. Olallieberry season is very short, only three weeks, so don’t miss it. From the Farm Newsletter: “The Olallieberry was developed in 1949 by George F. Waldo for the United States Department of Agriculture at Oregon State University. Although developed in Oregon, the more temperate coastal regions of California proved a more suitable growing area, so it is primarily grown in rural areas of northern and central California.”

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

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