UC Master Gardeners

Learn tips and tricks for vegetable gardening

UC Master GardenerMarch 12, 2014 

Onion Seedlings

Spring is traditionally the time to plant a vegetable garden. Here are some newly sprouted onions, poking their heads up.


It’s been a disorienting year. Spring planting may seem odd — shouldn’t it come after winter? We all know how winter went. Those two (was it three?) days of winter really took it out of me. Whew!

Now I look at my little seeds and starts and wonder — is this spring? Should I contemplate a little vegetable garden considering the water crisis? Should I call the whole thing off?

If you are feeling as discombobulated as I am, then hustle down to the Master Gardener’s Advice to Grow By Workshop this Saturday. Not only will you be reoriented in regards to the correct season, you will be privy to a nice permutation on spring gardening. The focus will be on vegetable gardening, but the eye never leaves the storyline of this year: drought.

You will glean handy growing tips and water conservation tricks that will have you growing healthy veggies in our arid climate. Learn what watering methods will best suit your needs and discover ways to plant that will naturally save water. Leave with innovative ideas and renewed motivation.

Drought tip: Don’t throw leftover water away after boiling vegetables. Let it cool and use it on your plants.

The workshop is held in the Garden of the Seven Sisters at 2156 Sierra Way in San Luis Obispo. The workshop goes from 10 a.m. until noon. Dress comfortably, bring sunscreen and water and please park in the lot adjacent to the demonstration garden.

Upcoming: Build a raised bed

Watch and learn as two of our seasoned master gardeners build a raised bed in the garden from 4 to 5 p.m. on March 20. Ray Festa and Wes Armstrong have contributed many years to our program and their expertise is visible in the infrastructure of the garden you see today.

They’ll be continuing their efforts as they construct a raised bed for one of our educational garden plots. The pub lic is invited to watch and learn and will be provided with building plans to construct a raised bed of their own!

The event will be held at Garden of the Seven Sisters, 2156 Sierra Way, San Luis Obispo.


Contact the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners: at 781-5939 from 1 to 5 p.m. on Monday and Thursday; at 473-7190 from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday in Arroyo Grande; and at 434-4105 from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday in Templeton. Visit the UCCE Master Gardeners website at http://ucanr.org/sites/mgslo or email mgsanluisobispo@ucdavis.edu  .

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