by Elena Freeman
Master Gardeners Garden Walk
Summer has arrived, and that means “Garden Walk” season is also here! One of MMWD’s most popular water conservation programs, this is a partnership with Marin Master Gardeners, a program of the University of California Cooperative Extension. “Bay-Friendly Garden Walk” offers homeowners and renters a free, one-hour site visit by two UC-certified Master Gardeners who assess the landscape plants and irrigation components for water efficiency. A Garden Walk can help you find a leak, understand your irrigation controller and scheduling, improve soil health and water retention, and learn about water-wise plants. The Master Gardeners will give you ideas on how to incorporate Bay-Friendly principles in your garden, including saving water and energy, building healthy soil, reducing waste in the garden, creating wildlife habitat, protecting local watersheds and contributing to a healthy community.
Call (415) 499-4204 to schedule your free Garden Walk visit.
Bay-Friendly Gardening Workshop Series
Join us this summer for these free, fun-filled workshops!
Saturday, July 17: Bay-Friendly Basics
9:00 a.m. to noon at Earthsite, 85 Bolinas Road, Fairfax
This class provides an overview of the Bay-Friendly philosophy, approach and integrated practices that make for a sustainable garden. The interactive workshop is a mix of lecture and hands-on activities, including:
- Breakouts on soil, managing pests, and plant selection, where you’ll be introduced to the primary Bay-Friendly maintenance practices.
- Small group design activity to instill fundamentals and help with getting started on your own garden.
In just three hours you will have multiple opportunities to practice techniques on-site and bring home resources to begin implementing lessons learned. To register for this free class, visit www.bayfriendlycoalition.org/Calendar.shtml#Marin.
For more in-depth information on Bay-Friendly practices, we recommend these upcoming classes:
Saturday, July 31: Gardening from the Ground Up – a workshop on building healthy soil. Learn about soil components and amendments, composting, and sheet-mulching.
Saturday, September 11: Go Native: Planting for Pollinators – an introduction to native plant selection.
Stay tuned for details.