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Finding the right fruit trees for the Central Coast

Fruit trees ranging from apple to apricot and peach to persimmon will be the topic of discussion at the first Advice to Grow By Workshop this year. Presented by the Master Gardeners, each workshop is open to the public and held on the third Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon. This month’s meeting will take place at the Garden of the Seven Sisters at 2156 Sierra Way in San Luis Obispo and will discuss fruit tree selection and care.

Many varieties of fruit trees grow on the Central Coast, but it is important to know which trees will grow best in your particular environment. Saturday’s speakers will discuss selection, types of fruit trees, including bare-root trees, chill hours, placement, planting four in a hole and more. Learn the how and where of tree planting that will encourage your trees not only to grow, but to thrive.

Mulching is a favorite word among gardeners. Learn how to properly mulch your tree for maximum water savings and tree health. Have you heard about mulch pits? Well, come on down and find out the what, how and why.

Irrigation is part of basic tree care. A well-thought out system can work for you, rather than make you work. The Master Gardeners will discuss water collection techniques and how you can employ them to direct water to your fruit trees.

Mark your calendars for this Saturday’s workshop. Jam-packed with information and surrounded by the camaraderie of like-minded gardeners, you’ll find yourself leaving with ample motivation to get your gloves on and get right into your garden. Dress for moody weather, bring sunscreen, a chair, and pen and paper for notes. If it’s raining, the workshop will take place inside the auditorium.