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How To: Chickens, Compost and Fall Gardening

Uploaded: Aug 31, 2018

Backyard Chicken Basics

Date: September 15, 2018


Time: 10:00-12:00pm

Location: Lyngso Garden Materials, Inc. , 345 Shoreway Road, San Carlos, CA 94070

Are you thinking about raising chickens in your backyard? This presentation will cover the basics of setting up your own backyard flock, including local ordinances, coop designs, feed and watering options, egg production, safety and health and resources for learning more.


To register click here.


Co-presenter Master Gardener Sharon Winnik - Sharon became a Master Gardener volunteer in 2010. Her interest in composting and healthy soils and growing edibles led her to discover the fun and benefits of raising backyard chickens aka “pets with benefits.” She has been maintaining her flock for four years and enjoys sharing tips with other homeowners interested in raising their own small flock. Prior to becoming a Master Gardener volunteer, Sharon practiced law in Palo Alto and raised a healthy flock of four young men. Perhaps an empty nest motivated her to start a backyard flock. Happily, the” girls” require far less effort and expense.

Co-presenter Master Gardener Cindy Burgdorf: Cindy has been a Master Gardener for 10 years. She has been gardening for 62 years starting with cherry tomatoes in her grandmother’s garden. On her 1 ½ acre property she has year-round vegetable gardens, gardens devoted to bees and butterflies, three bee hives, six chickens, a worm bin and six compost bins. Her yard is a Monarch Waystation (Monarch Watch), a certified Butterfly Garden (NABA), certified WildLife Habitat (NWF), and certified Bee Friendly Garden (Pollinator Partnership). Cindy has been keeping chickens (and keeping her family and friends in eggs) for 10 years. She is now on her third flock and has raised all her “ladies” from day-old chicks.

How to Make Compost and Improve Garden Soil

Date: September 15, 2018


Time: 1:00-3:00 pm

Location: Lyngso Garden Materials, Inc. , 345 Shoreway Road, San Carlos, CA 94070

Come learn all about making compost and its magical power in your garden. Compost is the biologically active material that results from decomposition of organic matter under controlled circumstances. Compost reduces green waste and landfill use, reuses valuable green waste, recycles waste into a useful garden asset, and restores soil health.

To register click here.

Presenter Master Gardener Leslie Muennemann: Leslie is not only a Master Gardener but also a Master Composter, has five active compost piles in her yard, and has been making compost and amending her garden soil with that compost for nearly 30 years.

Fall and Winter Gardening

Date: September 21, 2018


Time: 11:00-12:00pm

Location: Fair Oaks Adult Activity Center Garden, 2600 Middlefield Rd., Redwood City, CA (Parking is free)

It’s time to plant your fall and winter vegetables! In this introductory class, you’ll learn how to select seeds and seedlings that are most suited to your climate and conditions. Then you’ll learn how to plant seeds and seedlings and how to nurture them to yield the most bountiful fall and winter harvests. As a bonus, you’ll also gain valuable tips on crop rotation, cover cropping and non-toxic pest control. The presentation will be followed by a hands-on session in the garden.

Registration not required – people may call 650-780-7525 for more information

This free class is offered in partnership with Peninsula Family Service Older Adult Services and the UC Master Gardener Program of San Mateo & San Francisco Counties

More Info click here.

What is a UC Master Gardener?
UC Master Gardeners are volunteers trained and certified by the University of California (UC) to provide UC research–based information about home horticulture and pest management that helps home gardeners and community organizations garden sustainably and create a healthy environment.

Comments

 +   2 people like this
Posted by Cover it up, a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest,
on Sep 2, 2018 at 11:50 am

Don't forget to put in cover crops as soon (or if by seed, before) you pull your summer crop. Conserve all your soil's hard won nutrients thru the rainy season. Build the soil. And clover or fava are far prettier than bare soil leaching away.

See the cover crop blog post somewhere on these embarcadero pages.


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Posted by Elle, a resident of Greenmeadow,
on Oct 12, 2018 at 12:33 am

Thanks for posting this for us.



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