Alameda Backyard Growers

Courtesy photo &nbsp&nbsp Cabbage is one of many brassicas that can be grown during the winter in Alameda.

Alameda’s Secret Growing Season

Feb 13,2020

People move to the Bay Area for many reasons, among them: work, its unique social life and the fantastic natural beauty of California. But for gardeners who find themselves living here a greater secret awaits, for Alameda has not two, but three growing seasons.

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Project Tree Set for 2020

Jan 23,2020

Following on last year’s success, Project Tree has announced the return of its Tree Care Workshop and $25 off Tree Coupon Program. This year’s workshops will be held Saturday, Feb. 8, from 10 a.m. to Noon and Sunday, March 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave. 

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Photo courtesy Stopwaste &nbsp&nbsp A StopWaste workshop participant practices carbon farming by spreading compost.

Fight Climate Change: Focus on What’s Beneath

Jan 09,2020

Communities all over the world have love and pride for where they live and Californians are no different. There are places here for everyone: mountains and coastlines, grasslands and forests, even a backyard garden or a city park.

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Courtesy photo.  A telltale sign of oak root fungus is a cluster of honey-colored mushrooms.

‘Tis the Season for Oak Root Fungus to Strike

Dec 20,2019

Alameda’s garden soil may be tops for cultivating and planting in, but it does have a significant drawback: it harbors oak root fungus Armillaria mellea. Do not confuse this with “sudden oak death” Phytopthora ramorum. 

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Courtesy photo &nbsp&nbsp Jillian Saxty, ABG’s Project Pick coordinator, displays some 400 pounds of Alameda-grown oranges delivered to Alameda Food Bank recently. Project Pick will safely pick fruit from Island trees that would otherwise go to waste. Fruit tree owners are encouraged to sign up.

A Year in the Life of Alameda Backyards

Nov 14,2019

The days are shorter now; the nights are cooler. Only one more educational program in the Alameda Backyard Growers’ (ABG) calendar will take place in November on stopping food waste over the holidays.

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Courtesy photo &nbsp&nbsp Desirable insects such as this monarch butterfly caterpillar, are especially susceptible to neonic pesticides. The substances are also toxic to birds.

Pesticide-Free Plants Best for Pollinator Gardens

Oct 10,2019

In response to the November 2018 New York Times article entitled “The Insect Apocalypse is Here,” which reported sharp declines in insect numbers, many gardeners set out to remedy the problem by planting bee- and butterfly-friendly gardens.

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Summer Gardening Wrap-up

Sep 12,2019

“Hey — how are your tomatoes doing this year?” Alamedans have probably used this question as a late-summer greeting since the advent of kitchen gardens in the 1870s.

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Lori Eanes &nbsp&nbsp Birgitt Evans demonstrates the delicate work of transplanting fall crops from the six packs where they germinate into larger containers or garden beds.

Keep Bounty Coming in Fall

Aug 08,2019

It’s August. The weather is warm and the kids are playing in the pool. So that makes this the perfect time to think about the fall garden, right? Right!

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Linda Carloni &nbsp&nbsp Mini-sprinklers are a great solution for starting seeds, especially when paired with a small soaker hose, both run off a drip line.

Covering Some Irrigation Basics

Jul 11,2019

Because Alameda has a summer-dry climate, the vast majority of plants grown here need extra water during the non-rainy months in order to survive. Even drought-tolerant plants like succulents likely need irrigation for their first summer or two. But when, how, how much and how often to water?

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Holly Johnson &nbsp&nbsp Berries just starting to come into season at the Bay-Eagle Community Garden.

Community Gardens Help Grow Communities

Jun 13,2019

Should developers be required to provide space and other necessities for community gardens in new projects? That is a question for cities to consider as neighborhoods of single-family residences give way to multi-family housing.  

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