A teaching garden by Monterey Bay’s main gardeners is taking root in Salinas.

From Gray Zimmerman, Jan Fedor, Diane Apostolos, and Barbara David, members of left-wing masters gardeners, the group is growing $ 25,000 in Salinas Garden.

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One of Monterey County’s number one industry – agriculture – amateur home gardeners are using the seeds sown in a teaching garden in Salinas, recently created by Monterey Bay Master Gardeners. Volunteers need money to turn their garden plans into reality to help more people grow their own food and create sustainable landscapes.

There are more than 20,000 major gardeners in California, managed by the University of California Master’s Gardener Program administered by Cooperative Extension. Volunteer gardeners undergo extensive training to provide free advice on pest management, sustainable landscaping and related topics. Monterey Bay Master Gardeners There are about 60 volunteer gardeners in Monterey County, says Monterey Master Gardener Jan Fedor.

Today, the nearest display and teaching garden is in Wattsville. “That is a long walk,” says Fedor to many Monterey County home gardeners. Volunteers have always longed for a more accessible place, but they were never sure it would happen. “I don’t believe it because you can have a plot of land,” she says.

Recently, Maria de la Fuwente, director of Monterey County UC Cooperative Extension, collaborated with County Agriculture Commissioner Henry Gonzales to plan to transform the UCCE vacant space near the county AG office into a display garden. “We have our fingerprints. It’s very, very rough ground, ”said Fedor. She and other volunteers are turning it into an ADA-compliant space where home gardeners, school children and future master gardeners can learn best practices.

Volunteers plan to give instruction in Spanish and English, as well as access to sheds and sheds and a hall in the Ag office.

Monterey Bay Master Gardeners are already on the porch for those who need advice on how to grow a pot of tomatoes. In addition to fruits and vegetables, experts can highlight the best practices by highlighting indigenous plants. “English gardens should stay in the UK,” Fedor says. People can submit questions at mbmg.ucanr.edu/hotline.


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