Event List

  • April, 2017
  • Lose Your Lawn WorkshopFREE
    April 15, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

    County of Santa Cruz Health Services
    1080 Emeline Ave., Building D
    Santa Cruz

    Lose Your Lawn Workshop

    This workshop will demonstrate how to convert an existing lawn into a beautiful and colorful drought-tolerant Monterey Bay-Friendly Garden. Topics include conversion of overhead spray irrigation to efficient drip irrigation, proper selection of water-wise California native and Mediterranean plants, and how to save money and time by using the sheet mulching method for lawn removal. Participants will also learn about how they can participate in landscape rebate programs for each of the water districts in our area.

    The workshop on April 15th will double as a community service project where workshop participants will convert a section of turf in front of County Public Health Services to low water use plants that will provide a lasting demonstration garden for the community. During the community service portion of the workshop, participants will gain practical experience with the sheet mulching, stormwater management, and irrigation skills they’ll need to tackle their lawn at home.

    Workshop participants that participate in the community service project will  have the chance to win a FREE professional landscape design at a value of $500!  Register today to gain hands-on experience and the help you need to start your own project!

    This workshop is sponsored by the Water Conservation Coalition of Santa Cruz County.

    Find out more info.

  • Soil Prep for Your Vegetable GardenFREE
    April 22, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    UC Cooperative Extension Demo Garden
    1430 Freedom Boulevard, Suite E
    Watsonville

    UC Master Gardener Delise Weir will discuss the importance of soil as the starting point for your seasonal garden in the Monterey Bay region. We’ll begin with a little soil science to explain why organic matter, pH and soil structure are important to soil health. Then we’ll talk about fertility and soil nutrition. We’ll end with practical techniques for converting hard or sandy untouched dirt into fertile, rich garden beds. Then, we’ll move out the demo garden and put our skills and knowledge into action.

    Things to bring:

    • A sample of your soil ~1 cup in a mason jar with a lid.
    • Bring garden gloves if you plan to help with preparing beds in the demo garden.
    • Hat, sunscreen, layered clothing for the outdoor portion

    Find out more info.

  • Greywater Recycling System – A Hands-on Installation Workshop$40.00
    April 29, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Cabrillo College Room 609
    6500 Soquel Drive
    Aptos

    Get ready for a fun hands-on workshop that will give you all the information and experience you need to install a system to repurpose and redirect wastewater for landscape and garden irrigation.

    This is a two part class with a morning lecture and an afternoon devoted to a hands on installation of a laundry to landscape gray-water system at a local residence.  The morning lecture covers code requirements, greywater compatible products and plants, greywater parts and materials identification, calculating irrigation field size and plant water requirements, mulch basin construction, creating a design for your system, and maintaining your greywater system.

    Don’t forget to bring a lunch, sunscreen, and a water bottle! You may also want to bring/wear a hat, clothes you can get dirty in, and gloves.

    This class costs $40.00 and you can register here.

    Course Schedule:

    • 8:45 – 9:00 am: Arrive and check-in
    • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm: Lecture in classroom
    • 12:00 – 1:30 pm: Lunch break and travel to installation site
    • 1:30 -4:00 pm: Greywater system installation

    Find out more info.