Pollinator Power Plant for May 2016

Looking for a bee magnet? This beauty from the island of Madeira grows to 4ft and shoots spikes of profuse blue above that! Extremely drought tolerant and capable of growing in almost any soil condition, this is the perfect plant for a difficult area oft overwhelmed by weeds or difficult to access for gardening chores….

Bring Back the Natives Tour starts April 30th

Main Event: Free Garden Tour As always, the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour is free! (Though donations are requested, and needed.) 10:00–5:00 on Sunday, May 1, 2016. (Please DO NOT visit these gardens on Saturday, April 30, as the hosts will be busy preparing for the big event on the following day. The free…

Conserve Water with Ancient Mayan Technology

Ollas are clay vessels which slowly ooze water into surrounding soil. Buried to the neck, filled with water and capped (to prevent mosquitoes), the Olla pictured can water a radius of 3ft for an entire week in hot East Bay Summer weather. We are still in a drought friends, use Ollas and save water. $29.99

Save on Organic Soil and Amendments April and May

Perk up your garden beds and pots with Kellogs Organic Planting Mix, buy 3 bags and get the 4th bag FREE. OMRI certified and rich in manure, oyster shell, kelp and composted fir bark, AWESOME SAUCE for gardens!

Fund Raiser Tickets Available for The Urban Farm Table May 15th

Please join us for an afternoon of inspiration and good company at the APC Farm2Market farm.  A beautiful full course meal, made with seasonal fresh produce from the farm, will be served for lunch.  Keynote speaker and accomplished chef, Matthew Dolan of San Francisco’s ‘Twenty Five Lusk’, will speak on the topic;  “Being Green and…

April Workshops at a Glance

  Here is what is happening at Ploughshares in April “Composting and Sheet Mulching Workshop” April 9th at Ploughshares Nursery with Master Composter and Gardening Educator Lori Caldwell of Stopwaste.org,  bring all your garden conundrums at 11 a.m. for a question and answer session followed by a half hour work-shop on composting at 12:30, after…

February Workshops at a Glance

Saturday February 13th at Noon Care and Feeding of Container Succulent Gardens Join Ploughshare’s own Bonnie Howard for a FREE workshop demonstrating how to plant and care for succulents in containers and rockeries. Topics will include; proper planting, how and when to fertilize, pest control and how to make succulents look FABULOUS! Saturday February 20th…

SOMETHING SPECIAL COMING MARCH 5, 2016

Edible Weeds and other Sustainable Plants of the San Francisco Bay Area THIS IS A FREE WORKSHOP COMING SATURDAY MARCH 5TH AT NOON Join Kevin Feinstein, food author, for an exploration of local sustainable foraging! See examples of common, nutritious, and often delicious wild edible plants that we can find in the abundance of our…

November Workshops at a Glance

Pruning for Fruit Production and Aesthetics: Discussion AND Contest Saturday, November 21, 2015, Noon to 1:45 pm Ploughshares Nursery, 2701 Main Street, Alameda. After a brief discussion and demonstration of basic pruning techniques from Jeff Bridge, there will be a pruning contest. Bring your pruners and gloves if you want to compete! The top three…

September Workshops at A Glance

Workshops in September at Ploughshares Nursery A Group of Blueberries is Called a Bunch September 12, 12 noon at Ploughshares Nursery Free Workshop at Ploughshares Nursery all about Blueberries, how to grow em, how many you will need to feed your family, where they come from and some unusual things you can do with them…

August Workshops and Events at a Glance

Monday August 3rd, 1pm at Ploughshares Nursery 2701 Main St. Alameda CA. Butterfly Workshop and Release Party Join the kids of Alameda Point Collaborative for a workshop about butterflies followed by a release of butterflies into the garden at Ploughshares. This is a kid oriented mini-class! There will be lots of butterflies. Saturday August 22nd,…

July Workshops at a Glance

All About Summertime Fruit Tree Care, FREE WORKSHOP at Ploughshares Nursery 2701 Main Street, Alameda CA. Saturday July 11th at noon, topics will include; disease mitigation, pest control, summer pruning to dwarf trees, proper planting technique, fertilizer vs compost (hint, compost wins), mid-season crop thinning and intensive planting methods for tiny yards-so you can have…

June Workshops at a Glance

Saturday June 6th 12 noon, FREE GARDENING WORKSHOP at Ploughshares Nursery 2701 Main St. Alameda CA 510 755 1102. STRAW BALE GARDENING; hands-on demonstration of gardening with straw bales, learn how to use inexpensive straw bales to grow edibles from starts and seed while conserving water and creating free compost! Saturday June 13th 12 noon,…

May 2015 Workshops at a Glance

Saturday May 2nd 12 noon at Ploughshares Nursery 2701 Main St. Alameda CA, FREE workshop ‘All About Flower Baskets!’ Join Ploughshare’s Bonnie Howard for a fun filled hour planting flower baskets and learning the tricks for keeping them thriving and beautiful! Saturday May 16th noon at Ploughshares Nursery 2701 Main St. Alameda CA. Free workshop…

April 2015 Workshops at a glance

Saturday April 4th 11a.m. FREE WORKSHOP at Ploughshares Nursery ‘GROWING AWESOME TOMATOES’ Everything you need to know to grow awesome tomatoes in the East Bay’s cool climate. This one hour workshop opens with discussion of the origin and characteristics of everyone’s favorite garden plant followed by demonstration of planting techniques, pruning and proper watering. If…