September 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Join a local Master Gardener for a talk on growing edible gardens with delicious success!
Saturday, September 21st
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. in Room 12
Advanced registration required; attendance is limited.
Register easily online here, give us a call during business hours at (916) 452-3005 x 208, or sign up in person at the Sierra 2 Center office.
No longer relegated to orderly grids in the backyard, vegetables, fruits, and herbs are now appearing center stage in front yards. Think lacy asparagus and carrot tops, fountains of gray-green cardoons, kiwis scrambling gracefully over arbors, and the vibrant colors of Swiss chard and beets. And there are compelling reasons, other than aesthetics, to swap sod for spinach. With proper irrigation, vegetables need less water than a lawn, and less fertilizer, as well. And you can’t eat more local than your own front yard – imagine fresh beans, baby lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, and juicy berries – all within steps of the kitchen. Foodscape 101 covers what you need to know to get started, from creating a plan, to plant selection, soil tilth, and effective pest and disease management.
About the Instructor:
A Master Gardener for over 20 years, Andi MacDonald has been an active volunteer in Fresno, Salt Lake County, Utah, and now in Sacramento. She currently volunteers in the Water Efficient Landscape Garden at the Sacramento County Master Gardener Fair Oaks Horticulture Center, where we research and grow plants that meet the needs of urban gardeners who want an attractive, low water landscape. She also volunteers in the Vegetable Garden, where we research and grow edibles. A perk for that section is that she can further hone her culinary skills with homegrown produce. As a retired chef/chef instructor, growing her own produce and herbs is an essential part of Andi’s life.