Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Master Gardeners, April 27

The UC/CE LA County Master Gardeners are back with more plants, seeds and information to give away at the Green Tent. 

This month the LA County MGs have planted up some Bloomsdale Spinach, the one with the wrinkly leaves. The seed packet says it’s slow to bolt, meaning if it gets hot fast, it won’t automatically start setting seeds. There’s also some Siberian Kale, Santo Cilantro, Italian Genovese Basil, the incredibly adorable Spicy Globe Basil which does well in containers, as do the Sweet 100 Cherry Tomatoes, a kid and parent pleaser.

This year, UC Cooperative Extension celebrates its 100th Anniversary! You can be a citizen scientist for a day by participating in the Day of Science and Service on May 8th, which asks you to consider three questions about pollinators, water and food in our community. Or come on out to Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum, for an old fashioned “county fair”  free of change, for workshops in nutrition, food preservation and gardening and even a tree walk on site. There’ll be 4-H animals, special activities for kids, healthy snacks and raffle items up for grabs. 

UCCE is part of the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and is made up of advisors, staff, specialists and volunteers like our local Master Gardeners and Master Food Preservers who bring university knowledge to farmers and families to enhance their health, their business and the environment. Click here for a history of UCCE.

Don’t forget — the Master Gardeners need those empty plastic six packs to continue planting more seedlings to give away at The Green Tent!

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