Question: My children are attending a new elementary school this fall. Can the Master Gardener Program help us start a school garden program?
Answer: Yes! The UCCE Master Gardener Program of San Diego County has an extremely active School Garden Committee that works directly with local school garden programs. Interested staff and/or parents can request a Master Gardener School Garden Consultant by visiting our web site
www.mastergardenerSD.org and selecting the School Program tab located at the top of the home page. You'll see a link to request a Garden Consultant and a link to
Plant a Seed, Watch it Grow, our detailed web guide on how to start and maintain a school garden.
This time of year finds us cleaning up the garden and throwing away the trimmings without ceremony or thought. This predilection we humans have of creating waste and then wanting it to "going away" has had dire consequences for our planet. Everything comes from and goes somewhere; the trick is to use this fact to our advantage.
The UC Davis Arboretum horticultural staff has identified 100 tough, easy-to-grow plants that don't need a lot of water and have few problems with pests or diseases, many of which were tested here in San Diego: