The Art of the Flower Bowl

The Art of the Flower Bowl FREE WORKSHOP Saturday August 3rd  11:30 to 1pm Join longtime Alamedan nursery-artisan Bonnie Howard for a hands on workshop creating works of art in pots and bowls with perennial and annual flowers!  When you are finished and you behold what you have created, you’ll want to take it home! …

Help Save our Monarchs in Alameda

Help Save Our Monarchs by Planting Milkweed and Flower Seeds! EVENT BROUGHT TO YOU BY ALAMEDA BACKYARD GROWERS Last Thanksgiving, only 28,429 monarchs were counted in their wintering colonies compared to a historic population of about 10 million in the Western Monarch migration. Today monarchs face several challenges, the most intractable being a lack of…

Butterfly Gardens FREE WORKSHOP

Butterfly Gardens FREE WORKSHOP Saturday June 22nd 12-1pm Learn how to design your garden to support endangered Butterfly populations throughout the year.  Children dressed as butterflies receive a free California Lilac to take home and feed on.

Integrated Pest Management for the Home Gardener FREE WORKSHOP

I.P.M. is a multi-faceted approach to managing pests and disease which was developed to improve economic outcomes for farmers but has rapidly been assimilated into organic farming practices and is recommended by environmentalists to mitigate species loss and to promote healthy ecologies. Certain aspects of I.P.M. translate well into our backyard gardening culture. I.P.M. for…

WORKSHOP: Mediterranean Climate Plants for Pollinators

Mediterranean Plants for Pollinators FREE WORKSHOP May 18th 12-1:00 pm For pollinator populations in crisis our debate over ‘native vs non-native’  might resolve itself too late or end in paralysis.  At noon on May 18th we will discuss which non-native plants benefit pollinator species such as bees, butterflies and hummingbirds

WORKSHOP: Native Plants for Pollinators

WORKSHOP: Native Plants for Pollinators FREE WORKSHOP May 11th 12-1:00 pm Join us May 11th from 12-1pm for a discussion and tour of native plants which benefit pollinator populations .  This is a free workshop at 2701 Main St. Alameda CA. Ploughshares Nursery.

Pollinator Plants Sale May 25th

Pollinator Plant Sale May 25th 10am-5pm Over fifty species will be on SALE 20% off regular price to benefit pollinator populations.  Poppies, Lilac, Kangaroo Paws, Rosemary, Dill, Anise, Native Sages, African Sages, South American Sages, Aloe, Sedum and many, many more. Fill your garden with plants friendly to bees, butterflies and birds.

New to Edible Gardening?

Check out Alameda Backyard Growers! Alameda Backyard Growers (ABG) is a network of gardeners in Alameda, California who are interested in growing food and donating extra fruit and vegetables to the Alameda Food Bank.  Our goal is to reach out to the community to provide information about, and increase involvement in, urban food growing. In…

Need Help in the Garden?

We recommend Edible Ecology and Breaking Ground if you are looking for help in the edible or ornamental garden.

Grafted Tomatoes Available

Grafted tomatoes just arrived from Sweetwater Organic Nursery.  Grafted tomatoes are simply varieties of tomato attached to a supporting related root system resulting in a more disease tolerant, more productive and more cold tolerant tomato.  Somebody attached these tomatoes to rootstock so yes… they are more expensive.  But when you consider the less than ideal…

Small Space Food Garden FREE WORKSHOP

Small Space Food Garden FREE WORKSHOP March 5, 2019 12-2pm Learn how to get the most from your small-space food garden. Drawing on her many years of Bay Area gardening experience, Pam Peirce will share information on year-round garden planning, choosing the best crops and varieties for a small garden, growing edible flowers, planting flowers…

Seed Starting Kits Available Now

Now is a good time to sow seeds in these inexpensive seed start kits.  Buy a seed packet and for an additional $10.99 you get a flat of six packs with soil and grow dome to get your seed off to a good start.  Each kit grows out 36 plants or more.

Alameda Backyard Growers has it Going On in February

Without pollinators, the world would be a less colorful, less tasty and less well-balanced place: all the more reason to learn how to create a garden that will naturally attract bees, butterflies and other major pollinators. Although the best-known pollinators are domesticated honey bees, there are other pollinators that are also important, including bees and…

Seeking Donations to Help Monarchs

West Coast Monarch populations declined 86% last year and this vital insect may disappear entirely from California soon.   Unfortunately the preferred plant favored by Monarchs in California is the ugliest and hardest to come by milkweed:  Asclepias californica.   We can’t afford the rare and expensive seed to propagate this plant in mass at Ploughshares…