Seasonal gardening


Starting Your Gardening Year off Right

with Cynthia LaCroix and Linda Carloni 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave, Alameda

Join us for an interactive session on planning your 2017 food garden and what steps to take in January and February. We’ll talk about when and how to do soil prep, what and when to plant, and tips for squeezing spring, summer, and fall crops into a small patch. This workshop will be geared toward beginners/advanced beginners.

About our speakers: Cynthia and Linda are both members of the Board of Directors of Alameda Backyard Growers. Cynthia is an Alameda native and hard-working fruit picker for Project Pick. Linda is an Alameda County Master Gardener.

Here is a PDF of this presentation on Winter Planning.

This site gives you great advice on seasonal gardening work for each month of the year.


Fruit Tree Maintenance Alert

ABG’s April 2016 Education Meeting will focus on Spring Fruit Tree Care, but you may want to do some preventive maintenance before that meeting. Co-presenter Jasmine Tokuda recommends that fruit tree owners take some time this weekend or early in the next week to remove overwintering mulch or leaf detritus under fruit trees. This winter’s decent rainfall has given our trees a good washing. Now it’s time to get rid of any nymphs or larvae that might be resting in that old mulch or leaf debris to discourage Whitefly infestations come the warmer months.

It’s best to dispose of the old mulch or debris in the green recycling container rather than your compost bin to discourage the Whitefly life cycle in your yard. Then replace with fresh mulch. Jasmine recommends spreading 3 to 4 inches of new mulch under the tree from dripline inwards to 6 to 12 inches from the tree’s trunk. Don’t put mulch all the way up to the tree trunk- that can cause other problems.

The island’s citrus and persimmon trees are especially vulnerable to Whitefly attack, but most fruit trees can suffer from attack in vulnerable years.

For more great information on spring fruit tree care in Alameda, join us on April 11 for the full spring tree fruit care presentation from Jasmine and Marla Koss.


Your Winter Garden

Monday, September 14, 2015 (6:30 – 7:30PM)
Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave, Alameda

This talk will cover the basics you need to know for planting and growing a bountiful fall and winter garden. It will include considerations for what fruits and vegetables grow best in Alameda’s climate with short daylight hours (think greens and citrus!). We’ll consider the timing of your plantings, how to amend the soil, discuss the merits of starting with seeds or seedlings, and touch on what fruit trees are well-suited for winter planting.

Back by popular demand, our speaker Ann Naffziger is an Alameda County Master Gardener who has been growing food organically in her front and back yards in Alameda for 12 years. She is a former beekeeper who raises chickens and two daughters. She is always looking for ways to cram more food into her limited space to feed her family.

Click here for a PDF with notes from Anne’s talk on Winter Gardening.


Planning and Planting Your Summer Garden

with Ann Naffziger, Alameda County Master Gardener

Monday, May 12, 2014
6:30 – 7:30 PM
Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda

This talk will cover the basics you need to know for growing a fresh summer bounty. It will include information about what fruits and vegetables grow best in Alameda’s climate (tomatoes – yes, watermelon – no), space considerations, and discussion about those that need trellising or support. We’ll consider how to amend your soil before planting, and discuss the merits of starting with seeds or seedlings.

Speaker: Ann Naffziger is an Alameda County Master Gardener who has been growing food in her front and back yards in Alameda for 10 years. She raises chickens and bees and two young girls who are her unpaid farm hands. She is always looking for ways to cram more food into her organic garden to feed those helpers.

Here’s a link to a PDF of her talk.


Planning Your Spring Garden, Including Companion Planting

Monday, March 10, 2014 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Rhythmix Cultural Works
2512 Blanding, Alameda
The rains have come (a little), the trees are blooming and spring will soon be upon us. It’s time to pull together all those random thoughts you had dreaming over seed catalogs and put together your spring garden. Marla Koss and Alison Limoges will share their experience and expertise in garden planning and planting. Marla has successfully produced fruits and vegetables in Alameda dirt for over 30 years. Gradually taking on practices of companion planting (clustering plants that work well together and separating those that don’t) has improved her garden’s health and won her over. Alison is an Alameda County Master Gardener, and supervises the garden program at Mastick Senior Center. Bring your questions and get your trowels ready!

Here’s a link to a PDF of this presentation and to information on companion planting.