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…

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

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…