GARDENING

Have a gardening question?  Call the Master Gardeners!  They are members of your community who have applied to, and are trained by, the University of California Cooperative Extension experts in various aspects of plant science.  Thus, they are able to provide credible research-based information.

  • Riverside County (951) 683-6491 ext. 231, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • San Bernardino County (909) 387-2182

Did you know that putting gravel in the bottom of a pot does not help with drainage? Have you ever wondered if coffee grounds help your soil?  How about applying milk on your roses? Linda Chalker-Scott, Ph.D. has created a fun and extremely informative website with all kinds of information about gardening myths (and truths).  Even though the information hails from the state of Washington, most of it is applicable in our gardens.


Sustainable landscaping - What is it and why is it important?

Sustainable landscaping incorporates beneficial practices that enhance the ecosystem of a landscape for generations to come. These practices include:

  • Creating and using compost and mulch to build healthy soil
  • Not allowing irrigation water to exit the landscape
  • Using Integrated Pest Management to reduce or eliminate pesticide use
  • Using pavers instead of solid surfaces to allow water percolation
  • Implementing stormwater capture techniques with bioswales, rain gardens, and rainwater capture devices
  • Creating wildlife habitat
  • Providing energy efficiency by proper placement of plants, particularly trees

According to Landscape for Life, conventional gardens often work against nature. By incorporating natural benefits that support life, sustainable landscapes can provide beauty and benefits to our environment for generations to come.