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Backyard Edible Gardening: All About Fruits, Nuts and Berries

Interest in the establishment of backyard edible gardens has increased significantly as food and gasoline prices skyrocket and consumers become increasingly concerned about food safety, freshness and quality. A rising demand for organic produce and honest, home-grown flavors are also important contributing factors in the backyard gardening movement. All these elements, notes Charlie Nardozzi, senior horticulturist at the National Gardening Association in Burlington, Vermont, are setting the stage for “a perfect storm for vegetable gardening.”

Gardening organizations, seed wholesalers, and local nurseries are all reporting hikes in the number of consumers purchasing vegetable seeds and starter plants and trees. But do consumers have the information they need to establish a functioning and successful garden? The UC Davis Good Life Garden will offer two in-depth seminars, designed as an overview on how to establish, maintain, and utilize the many benefits of a productive backyard edible garden.

A backyard garden can be much more than simply a vegetable plot. In this information-packed seminar, we explore ways to plant, train, grow and enjoy fruit and nut trees and berry bushes.

Subjects addressed include:

•  planning and planting your orchard
•  variety selection
•  space requirements
•  growing fruit in small spaces
•  fertilization, irrigation, weeding, and thinning
•  training and pruning
•  pest management

Participants should have a basic working knowledge of gardening, with a desire to learn how to create a highly productive backyard orchard. Instructors for this unique and informative class will be Chuck Ingels, Sacramento County Farm Advisor; and Ed Laivo of the Dave Wilson Nursery.

Purchase tickets by check:

If you would like to send us a check please call (530) 754-4134 first so that we can reserve your space. To guarantee your seat, tickets purchased by check can only be accepted if received at the address below by May 15, 2009.

Please make checks payable to UC REGENTS.

University of California, Davis
Division of Buildings & Grounds
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
Attn: Katie Hetrick

This event is SOLD OUT


For more information, contact Kira O'Donnell, event coordinator, 530.681.6412; kdodonnell@ucdavis.edu

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Thank you to the UC Master Gardener Program for co-sponsoring the Backyard Edible Gardening Seminar Series.


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A huge thank you to Whole Foods Market for providing the seasonal box lunches for this event!