Home & Garden Digest—Santa Cruz Sentinel


Lavender wand class planned for this weekend

The Lavender Ladies of Mid County Senior Center have an annual lavender wand class from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday 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. While we’re not strict about pre-bookings, it helps ensure we have the right amount of supplies for everyone in the class. To make a reservation, call 831-476-4711 or email mcsc4treasurer@ gmail.


Santa Cruz Garden Exchange Hosts June Event

Join your neighbors at the Santa Cruz Garden Exchange from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Live Oak Grange parking lot, 1900 17th Ave. 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.


U-Pick at Birdsong Orchards contains goumi berries

Visit birdsongorchards.com to see what’s growing now, sign up for the newsletter and make an appointment for U-Pick flowers and fruit. Read about Goumi berries and see how they’re used, read about green walnuts and how to eat them, and an apricot variety, Puget Gold. Some fruits can be purchased online and picked up at the farm in Watsonville.


Monterey Bay Master Gardeners sponsors the citrus class

Join Santa Cruz Garden Company’s Master Gardener and Garden Consultant, Loretta Heath, to learn all about citrus. Now is a good 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 enroll in this free course, visit mbmg.ucanr.edu


Boysenberries are available from Prevedelli Farms

Visit prevedelli.com to pre-order boysenberries for pickup at the local Santa Cruz Farmers’ Market or by appointment at the farm. Santa Cruz County Farmers’ Markets include Live Oak, Santa Cruz and Aptos. You can also sign up for their newsletter for information on how to use boysenberries and occasional discounts.

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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