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Master Gardener Program of Riverside County. Our Mission …. to bring UCCE research-based horticulture information to you!. Who We Are. Volunteer Gardeners Just Like You Trained and Certified Master Gardeners in Riverside County Utilize UCCE and MG Peer Reviewed material.

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Master Gardener Program

of Riverside County

Our Mission

…. to bring

UCCE research-based

horticulture information

to you!

who we are
Who We Are
  • Volunteer Gardeners Just Like You
  • Trained and Certified Master Gardeners in Riverside County
  • Utilize UCCE and MG Peer Reviewed material
reason to grow vegetables
Reason to grow Vegetables
  • You know how it was grown
  • Vine ripe – Full flavor and fresh
  • Varieties and texture
  • Connection with nature
  • Food Banks
let s get started
LET’S GET STARTED

• Choose best site for your garden

• Prepare & amend soil

• Water and Irrigation

• Planning the Garden/Area

• Tools and Equipment

best sit for the garden
BEST SIT FOR THE GARDEN

• Full Sunlight

• 6 - 8 Hours a Day

• Level

• Well drained soil

• Near a water source

preparing the soil
PREPARING THE SOIL

• Ideal soil - loose, crumbly

• Add Organic Matter

• Amendments (GYPSUM)

Remember-

Compost, Mulch, Compost, Mulch, Compost…

water irrigation
WATER & IRRIGATION

• Water Deep & Slow

• Water 1 - 2 Times a week

• Water Consistently

• Use Drip Irrigation & Mulch

planning the vegetable garden
Planning The Vegetable Garden

• Efficient use of space

• Make a map of space

• Draw vegetables on map

• warm and cool season requirements

• Annual or Perianal

• Tall plants on North side

• Include planting dates

vegetable planting areas
VEGETABLE PLANTING AREAS

Raised Beds

• Containers

Square Foot Gardening

tools equipment
TOOLS & EQUIPMENT

• Hand Trowel - transplanting

• Hoe - digging up weeds

• Spade or spading fork-turning soil

• Metal Rake - smoothing soil after spading

• Shovel - digging holes, moving soil

• Yardstick, twine & stakes - straight lines

• Clippers - harvesting your crop

weeding
WEEDING

• Remove & Control Weeds

They starve plants of nutrients!

Cultivate, Pull or dig, Scrape surface

• Mulch - inhibits weeds

selecting vegetables
SELECTING VEGETABLES

• Pick vegetables you like to eat!

• Think about the Plants Production

• Use Disease Resistant varieties

• Choose Colorful Vegetables

plant for the season
PLANT FOR THE SEASON!

• WARM-SEASON VEGETABLES

• COOL-SEASON VEGETABLES

berries
Berries
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cane Berries
grapes
Grapes
  • European
  • Hybrid
  • Pruning Key To Production
smaller evergreen fruit trees
Smaller Evergreen Fruit Trees

Dwarf and Semi

- kumquats

  • Pineapple and strawberry guava
deciduous seasonal trees
DeciduousSeasonal Trees
  • Apple
  • Peach, Nectarine
  • Pear
  • Persimmon
  • Pomegranate
  • Plum, Pluot

Look for “Low Chill” varieties, keep small, plant 3-4 to a hole…

growing up
“Growing Up ”
  • Strawberries In A Bag
  • Grapes On A Fence
espalier
Espalier
  • Growing and pruning trees flat to a wall
  • Use supports to start
  • When pruning know how tree fruits
raised beds
Raised Beds
  • Pro
    • Easy to reach for young and old
    • Best drainage
    • Use on almost any site
    • Con-
      • Cost
      • look for reclaimed materials
    • Master Gardener Tip
      • Drip on a timer
use your imagination
Use your imagination
  • Reclaimed Materials
  • Pipes
  • Conduit
take vegetables and fruits out of the garden
Take Vegetables and fruits out of the garden
  • Table Top Topiary
    • Bay
    • Tiny Citrus
      • Kumquat
      • Calamondin
  • Hedges
    • Blueberries
  • Edges
    • Thyme
    • Oregano
    • Cilantro and Parsley
harvesting storing
HARVESTING & STORING

• Picking Vegetables

Early morning = best flavor

• Keeping Vegetables Fresh

Store at proper temperatures

harvest saving and sharing
HarvestSaving and Sharing
  • Harvest = Celebration for hungry people.
  • Share
  • “Putting up” food
    • Share
    • Freeze
    • Preserve
    • Dry
the ocean begins at your front door
The Ocean Begins at Your Front Door
  • Protect your Watershed
  • Conserve Water
  • Nothing Down The Drain
  • Fertilize Carefully=
    • When that plant is growing
    • Less is more
    • No overthrow
    • Read directions
useful websites information
Useful Websites & Information

UC Vegetable Research & Information Center

http://vric.ucdavis.edu/

Gardening Information

http://ucanr.org/findinformation.cfm?findinfosub=6

Pest Notes

http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/menu.homegarden.html

Weeds

http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/weeds_common.html

Mulch

http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/GARDEN/ENVIRON/mulches.html

Online Order Catalog for UC Publications

http://anrcatalog.ucdavis.edu

• California Master Gardener Handbook

• Home Vegetable Gardening, Publication # 21444

• Pests of the Garden & Small Farm, Publication # 3332

Local Hotline

951-683-6491 [email protected]

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Gardening Questions?

Call or E-mail the UCCE MG of Riverside CountyHOTLINE

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