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#HomeGrownFruit: Weekend Bootcamp for the Home Orchardist
Alan Chadwick Garden
Santa Cruz, CA
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Saturday Feb 24, 2018 9:30 AM - Sunday Feb 25, 2018 12:00 PM | $100.00 - $150.00


#HomeGrownFruit: Weekend Bootcamp for the Home Orchardist
Whether you're growing (or planning to grow) one tree or a small orchard, this weekend intensive workshop will equip the home fruit grower or small-scale fruit farmer with the information and techniques to grow a wide variety of deciduous fruit trees successfully.


The 2-day workshop will feature:
       Short presentations on the basics of fruit tree growing
       Demonstrations of basic procedures and techniques involved in fruit tree growing
       Hands-on activities, including planting and fertilizing

Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Coffee, tea, and snacks provided. Please bring a picnic lunch for Saturday.

Topics covered include:

Planning, with an emphasis on site selection, soil assessment, and soil improvement

What grows well in the Monterey Bay region? Principal fruits covered
 Peaches and Nectarines
 Plums and Pluots
 Apricots and Apriums

Getting Started
 Varietal selection
 Soil preparation
 Post-plant care (years 1 and 2)
 Establishing the young tree

Irrigation Systems

Maintaining established trees
 A year-round fertility plan
 Summer and winter pruning and training
 Pest and disease control

Demonstrations will include
 Cover cropping and compost making
 Soil preparation and planting
 Post-planting fertilization
 Pruning young and established trees
 DIY grafting

Click here if you're interested in finding out about how to join the Friends of the Farm & Garden.

If you prefer to pre-register for this class by mail (no service charge), please send a check made payable to UC Regents to:

Vanessa Ackermann
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA  95064
attn: Fruit Tree Boot Camp

Please include your contact information (phone and email) with your check.


Alan Chadwick Garden (View)
Corner of McLaughlin Drive and Merrill Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
United States


Education > Workshops

Minimum Age: 15
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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