Master Gardener Program — College of Agriculture and Life Sciences – October 2014

Vegetable gardening in the desert—October 16

The SaddleBrooke Master Gardeners present Vegetable Gardening in the Desert on October 16, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. in the MountainView Ballroom East.

Having trouble with your tomatoes? Join Sarma Spitzer, Tohono Chul Docent, as she explains the basics of vegetable gardening with consideration given to the challenges of gardening in an extreme environment. The emphasis will be on small space, container and raised bed gardening aimed at including edibles in a landscape.

Also bring your questions to Ask a Master Gardener at 12:30 p.m.

For questions or concerns please contact: Zann Wilson at 219-263-3261 / [email protected]; Richard Gibson at 520-836-5221 / [email protected] or Terry Ellsworth at 520-836-5221 / [email protected], University of Arizona, Cooperative Extension, Pinal 820 East Cottonwood Lane, No. C, Casa Grande, Arizona 85122.

Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Jeffrey C. Silvertooth, Director, Cooperative Extension, College of Agriculture Life Sciences, The University of Arizona.

The University of Arizona is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation in its programs and activities.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting the Pinal County Cooperative Extension at 820 E. Cottonwood Lane, No. C, Casa Grande, Arizona (toll free 866-836-5221).

Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodations.

Annual plant sale

Finally – our plant sale has arrived and we are anxious to please.

Our members have been busy propagating, growing, trimming, fertilizing and potting many plants to make your gardens look their best this year.

With a few additional annuals mixed in, you will be the envy of your neighbors and winter visitors.

Master Gardeners will be available to answer any questions you may have and as always we are available should you need guidance with problem plants, trees and shrubs. Call our Plant Hotline (Pat Flanagan 520-407-6459) to arrange a visit.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, October 18 at the MountainView Clubhouse between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. No early bird specials, please.

For further information contact Carolyn Ruland at 520-460-8425

Don’t forget to bring a box to load your purchases. Volunteers will be on hand to assist you with transport to your vehicle.

Thank you in advance for participating in this wonderful event. Through this project and your support, we are able to provide you with qualified knowledgeable speakers for our monthly presentations.

Garden Talk on the Tree of Life—Arizona Native Mesquites

Garden Talk on the Tree of Life – Arizona Native Mesquites will be presented at Oracle State Park Kannally Ranch House on Sunday, October 19, 2014, at noon.

SaddleBrooke Master Gardeners will be at Oracle State Park to answer your gardening questions at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 19 at Oracle State Park followed by a garden talk on Arizona Native Mesquites which will be given by Kathie Griffin, SaddleBrooke Master Gardener. This gem of a park is just a few miles to our northeast at the far end of Oracle. For a complete schedule of events taking place in the park that day, go to the Oracle State Park website:

For further information or directions, contact Kathie Griffin at [email protected].

Gardening series coming to SaddleBrooke

High Desert Garden Basics is a mini-course for interested gardeners. This six part gardening series sponsored by the SaddleBrooke Master Gardeners is designed for the home gardener wanting to learn more about growing things in our interesting and sometimes challenging desert environment. These classes will benefit gardeners of all experience levels. How to work with our soil? How much water is enough? What grows in the high desert? What is that strange bug? These classes will answer all those questions.

The course lectures will include: Working with our Soil and Good Irrigation Practices, Trees and Shrubs for the Desert, Selection and Care of Citrus, Cactus, Agaves and other Succulents, Flowering and Herbaceous Plants and Diagnosing Pests and Plant Disease and their Controls.

This six week course will be limited to 25 students and will require preregistration. Course participants will be selected on a first come, first served basis. The cost for the six weeks of instruction is $30.

High Desert Garden Basics

Offered on consecutive Tuesdays beginning January 13 through February 17 from 10:00 a.m. to noon in the Sonoran Room at MountainView Clubhouse.

For questions or to register contact Kathie Griffin at [email protected].