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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

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…


You don t have room try growing up
You Don’t have room Try “Growing Up” ↑


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




Strawberries as groundcover great on slopes
Strawberries as groundcoverGreat on slopes

Think out side the garden


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-mgriverside@ucdavis.edu


Master gardener program of riverside county

Gardening Questions?

Call or E-mail the UCCE MG of Riverside CountyHOTLINE

  • 951-683-6491

  • mgriverside@ucdavis.edu

  • http://ceriverside.ucdavis.edu