Master Gardener Monthly Newsletter
May 2021 Special Edition
UC Master Gardener Plant Sale
UC Master Gardener Plant Sale
Piazza's Fine Foods
Laurelwood Shopping Center
1218 W. Hillsdale Boulevard
San Mateo, CA 94403
April 23-24, 2021, 7:00am-10:00pm

Give your vegetable garden the perfect boost. The UC Master Gardener Program of San Mateo and San Francisco Counties will have tomatoes, herbs, eggplant and squash available to the public this weekend at Piazza’s Fine Foods store located within the Laurelwood Shopping Center, 1218 W. Hillsdale Boulevard, San Mateo, CA 94403, during business hours of 7:00am-10:00pm. There will be a large variety of plants in limited quantities that have been specifically selected and grown just for the Peninsula and San Francisco area.

Before you enter the store and near the grocery carts, look for the UC Master Gardener tables. All plants are priced at $4.99. Make your selection, and then pay for your plants along with your groceries during checkout. Remember, quantities are limited so come early for the best selection. Master Gardeners will be available to answer your questions from 8:00am-8:00pm. For additional information, including a link to our Plant Library, view our website.

View the available plants and their quantities on this list.

Our Spring Edibles Plant Library will provide you with more information about your selections, as well as their climate zones.
Gardening Resources
Choose the affected plant from photos displayed, click on the photo, remove any selections that do not apply, click on the plant names, and continue to filter selections to view the results for a possible diagnoses. Learn more.

Select links to access gardening resources, California Backyard Orchard, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), publications, and finding a local Master Gardener program. Learn more.

Do you need help picking plants for your sustainable home garden? Selecting from the “Arboretum All-Stars” list is an easy way to start making “green” choices for your great looking garden. Arboretum All-Stars are top plants recommended by the horticultural staff of the UC Davis Arboretum. They thrive in California’s Mediterranean climate and have qualities that make them great choices for sustainable home gardens. Use a searchable plant database to pick the perfect All-Star for your garden conditions. For more information, view their website.
Ask A Master Gardener!
Do you need help with your garden? Have a pest problem? Curious about what will grow well in your region?

COVID-19 Update
Due to the “Shelter in Place” order issued by all Bay Area counties, including San Mateo and San Francisco, the Master Gardeners are working remotely, effective March 17, 2020. All questions can be directed via email.

Please provide the following information to facilitate a prompt response:

1.   Name
2.   City of residence
3.   Email
4.   Phone, best time to call
5.   Description of problem/question -- for plant or pest problems, please attach photo(s)

Since the Bay Area “shelter in place” requirements have kept many of us at home, gardening in your own backyard has become much more popular! We are seeing an increased interest at the Helpline from both new and established gardeners. It is fun to see many new gardeners asking for advice with questions such as “What do I do with these raised vegetable beds? ”and “How do I start a vegetable garden when I know nothing about gardening?” During the first 30 days of our “shelter in place,” we have had 147 helpline questions, with 17% of them asking about the Spring Garden Market. Many, many thanks to all of our Helpline Volunteers who are working the Helpline remotely and keeping our clients happily gardening!

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