Introduction to Permaculture

Saturday August 13th at 12:00 noon  Introduction to Permaculture (FREE WORKSHOP) Permi-curious? We can design our way out of the social and environmental nightmare we’ve created on Earth – climate change, species extinction, poverty, inequity and more. Hear stories from real, on the ground, projects showing ways we can meet our needs while being beneficial…

How to Create a Habitat Garden

Habitat Garden Workshop Saturday July 23rd at 12 noon, its all about ‘Habitat Gardening’.  Join Ploughshare’s staff for a free workshop all about  planting  gardens which benefit  bees, butterflies, birds and lizards! Topics will include food, water and shelter and how to keep those cycles going throughout  the year!  We surround ourselves with plants the…

Pollinator Power Plant for July 2016

Erigeron glaucus or Seaside Daisy is our choice for Pollinator Power Plant for July 2016 This native of California grows in coastal regions from Oregon to San Diego.  Reaches 4″ to 8″ inches height and accepts sandy or clay soil and spreads via rhizomes, so expect a fast spread into the garden in just one…

California Heritage Plant for July 2016

California Native Heritage Plant for July 2016 Rosa californica or California Rose Found from Oregon to Baja California, this drought tolerant rose offers little pink flowers, lots of thorns and copious quantities of rose hips. In fact this rose produces so many rose hips that the government used it to supply soldiers with vitamin C…

Unusual Edible for July 2016

Basil or Ocimum basilicum is the Unusual Edible for July 2016 Now you might be thinking; ‘not much unusual about basil dude’ . But you’d be wrong, Basil has an fascinating history of use dating back 5,000 years.  Its always been everyone’s favorite spice, but did you know the ancient Egyptians put it in the…

Unusual Edible for June 2016

Unusual Edible for June 2016 Fantasia Nectarine Whats unusual about this nectarine?  It’s on semi-dwarfing root stock, making it easy to keep to any size you like with pruning or you can let it grow to fifteen feet.  It’s ‘free-stone’, which means its darn easy to get the pit out of the center.  It’s a…

Pollinator Power Plant for June 2016

Pollinator Power Plant for June 2016 Salvia greggii ‘Autumn Sage’ Native to Texas all the way down the gulf coast to Mexico, this little sage packs a lot of love for hummingbirds with it’s stop-light-red nectar rich flowers!   Expect 3ft. by 3ft. height and width, lending itself to small yards and containers by virtue of…

Visit the Lafayette Community Garden!

We had a fun visit to the amazing Lafayette Community Garden Saturday June 11th.  After a brief talk about Alameda Point Collaborative, Farm2Market and Ploughshares Nursery, we gave a workshop on Habitat Gardening.  Fun was had by all.  If you want to see what a perfect community garden looks like do pay a visit.  They…

California Native Heritage Plant for June 2016

California Native Heritage Plant for June 2016 Clinopodium douglasii or ‘Yerba Buena Mint’ This low growing member of the mint family is endemic to the west coast and makes a fine tea.  Expect 6 inches height and 6 feet spread on tendrils, grows in all kinds of soil and rarely gets pests or disease.  The…

Straw Bale Gardening

Straw Bale Gardening Saturday May 28th at noon.  Join Ploughshare’s Jeff Bridge for a demonstration of straw bale gardening.  Straw bale gardening is a dry farming technique for turning regular old construction straw into a verdant bed of herbs and vegetables.  The secret is in the preparation!

Volunteers Make Things Happen at Ploughshares

Volunteer Volunteers are an important part of the APC community.  Each year, volunteers complete more than 10,000 hours in our programs. Their contributions enrich our daily programming and resident community. We feel very fortunate to live in a community that values volunteer service so highly.  Without volunteers, our programs could not provide the kind of…

California Native Heritage Plant for May 2016

Epilobium canum ‘Catalina’  or ‘California fuchsia’ offers the drought tolerance and toughness of a sage with the dainty flowers of a water thirsty South American fuchsia (no relation what-so-ever!).   Expect 3-4 ft. height and 4-5 feet width on reddish woody stems covered in soft gray leaves.  Never give summer water where soil drains slowly and…

Plant these in your Beds this May

Here is what you will find on Edible Tables this May Artichoke: Green Globe Bean: Baby Lima Bush Bean: Kentucky Blue (pole) Bean: Red Yard Long (pole) Bean: Romano Musica (pole) Bean: Trionfo Violetto (pole) Beets: Touchstone Gold Broccoli: Broccolini Cabbage: Red Acre Corn: Aztec Black Corn: Bi-color Montauk Cucumber: Homemade Pickles Cucumber: Lemon Cucumber:…

Alameda Backyard Chicken Coup Tour

Alameda Backyard Chicken Coup Tour Sunday, May 15, 2016 1:00-4:00pm Free and open to the public Alameda’s urban chicken coops range from humble to huge and every year we invite the public to come take a closer look, learn a little about raising backyard chickens (and maybe bees and vegetable plots), and just bask in…

Ruth Bancroft Garden Workshop at Ploughshares May 14th

Ruth Bancroft Garden is a treasure trove of succulents located in nearby Walnut Creek. Please visit the website to learn more about this extraordinary resource for drought tolerant plants and expertise. Ruth Bancroft may be credited with introducing an enormous number of specimens to cultivation and use in California, without her interest and estate, our…

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…