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Webinars

First webinar of 2021: Soil in Your Home Garden, Tuesday, January 26, 2021, 6:00–7:30 pm. SIGN UP NOW to receive the Zoom webinar link. Free! 

Join Mike Corby and John Fike to learn about the soil in your garden—and the teeming universe under your feet. The life in that soil is essential to the health of your plants. Mike and John debunk some commonly held beliefs about soil care, and share their knowledge of soil fundamentals and ways to build soil health. Experience a more successful garden by knowing how to properly care for your soil. Details on our Webinars page.

Watch past webinars or subscribe to our YouTube channel—@CoCoMGUC.  

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Our January 2021 Vegetable Gardening for Beginners course is now full

We will offer this course several more times this coming year. More about this class at http://ccmg.ucanr.edu/GrowingGardeners

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Image shows grapes on left, the #BigDigDay icon in center, and heirloom tomatoes on left.

June 5, 2020, was our first #BigDigDay campaign! We set ourselves a goal of $5,000—and you, our wonderful supporters, helped us to top it off! Thank you so much. With the cancellation of our biggest fundraiser, the Great Tomato Plant sales, we are deeply appreciative of your gifts. We will continue to offer our science-based information to guide you in your gardening adventures. Stay tuned!

(If you missed the campaign, but still want to donate, here's our Donations page.)

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Due to the current COVID-19 shelter-in-place, our plant sales, talks, and Ask-a-Master Gardener tables at Farmers Markets are all canceled through April 30, 2021.  As our plans evolve, we will post updates here and on our calendar

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It's official...with a tip of the hat to Antioch's historic Rivertown District, our East County demonstration garden, formerly named Mangini Garden, is now called Rivertown Demonstration Garden.

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Advice to Grow By...Ask Us!

UC Master Gardener advice and problem diagnosis services are available year-round!  For problem diagnosis and answers to your gardening questions, contact our Help Desk.  The Help Desk is open 50 weeks of the year, Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 am to Noon (closed winter holidays). 3/17/20: Due to the current COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place, our Master Gardeners are working remotely—

In your request—

  • Include your name, phone number and city (plant advice depends on local conditions!).
  • Describe the problem in detail. Include the name of the plant if known, when the problem began, and cultivation history such as watering, fertilizing, pruning, pesticides, etc. 
  • Send photographs, if applicable. Photographs help!

Our gardening blog, HOrT COCO, talks about seasonal hot topics, frequently-asked questions, and truly unique or peculiar requests for help. Subscribe here.

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Contact

UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County
2380 Bisso Lane, Suite B, Concord, CA 94520
(925) 608-6683 (email only during Shelter-in-Place), ccmg@ucanr.edu  
http://ccmg.ucanr.edu/

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From Frank McPherson, Bay Area County UCCE Director

UC Master Gardeners are University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) trained volunteers. They are residents of our community who give back all year to provide UCCE researched-based horticultural information to people in their communities and throughout the state. They give talks and demonstrations, conduct plant clinics, staff phone help lines, provide training at community gardens, support school garden programs, staff information tables at Farmers Markets, fairs and nurseries, and more.

If you would like to support our efforts, donate now. Thank you!

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UPCOMING EVENTS
Event Name Date
Zoom: Soil in Your Home Garden 1/26/2021

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