Square Foot Gardening in an Octagonal Raised Bed

Square Foot Gardening’ is the best way to utilize raised bed and small row planting areas in gardens where space is at a premium.  Come down to Ploughshares and participate in using the square foot gardening technique to plant an octagonal raised bed with peppers, cabbage, tomatoes and melons. If we have time we will…

Ploughshares March 2021 Newsletter

March 2021 Newsletter Whats Happening at Ploughshares March Zoom Presentations Ploughshares is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. How to Grow Awesome Tomatoes March 10th 2PM Whether you are an expert or a beginner you will come away with something new from our annual presentation about tomato growing.  Topics include: history, heirlooms vs conventional,…

Planting Tomatoes in February? Yes you can!

Varieties on our tables perfect for planting right now despite the cool temps.Get your first wave of tomato goodness going before everyone else! 4″ pots $3.99These are all cold tolerant determinate (produce tomatoes all at once) FAST bushes:Siberia (2oz 48 days to maturity)Beaverlodge Slicer (2oz 55 days to maturity)Mountain Princess (8-10 oz 68 days to…

February 2021 Newsletter

Zoom Presentation, How to Grow Strawberries Ploughshares is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: How to Grow StrawberriesLearn how to nourish tender young strawberries organically with love until it comes time to brutally rip them from their beds and bite down on the juicy goodness.  Recipes, history and best tips, join us for…

Native Plants On Sale January 29th 30th and 31st

30% OFF NATIVE PLANTS 1 gallon Abutilon palmeri 1 gallon Achillea millefolium 1 gallon Achillea millefolium (Purple Form) 1 gallon Achillea millefolium Paprika 1 Gallon Arctostaphylos bakeries Louis Edmunds 1 gallon Arctostaphylos ‘Green Supreme’ 1 gallon Artemesia californica 1 gallon Blechnum occidentale 1 gallon Carex barbarae 1 gallon Carpenteria californica 1 Gallon Ceanothus Blue Ray…

Strawberries are Here!

and so are these cool season vegetables Artichoke: Green Globe Artichoke Cabbage: Ruby Ball Cabbage Camellia: Tea Camelia Greens: Arugula Greens: Dark Green Lettuce Greens: Lacinato Kale Greens: Oakleaf Green Lettuce Greens: Pomegranate Lettuce Greens: Red Russian Kale Greens: Red Sweet Crisp Lettuce Greens: Swiss Chard Herb: Culinary Oregano Herb: Culinary Select Sage Herb: French…

Bare Root Trees In

Bare root trees have arrived. For the month of January these trees will be sold without soil in a dormant state for big savings in the wallet! For those unfamiliar with bare root trees, these are deciduous fruit trees (trees that drop their leaves in winter) that go into dormancy (they go into suspended animation…….

Cool Season Veggies Available on our Tables

Artichoke: Green Globe Artichoke Broccoli: Italian Calabrese Broccoli Cabbage: Ruby Ball Cabbage Greens (rare herb): Rau Om Greens: All Seasons Romaine Lettuce Greens: Bloomsdale Spinach Greens: Collards Greens: Lacinato Kale Greens: Merlot Lettuce Greens: Red Russian Kale Greens: Romaine Coastal Star Lettuce Greens: Tree Collards Herb: Barbecue Rosemary Herb: Cilantro Slo-Bolt Herb: English Thyme Herb:…

January 2021 Newsletter

Open again January 6th with precautions for preventing the spread of Covid. Whats Happening in January Gearing up for another fantastic spring.  Bareroot trees are on the way, new berries are in stock.  In the meantime we have a fun workshop on container gardening mid-January and a Native Plant Sale at the end of the…

December 2020 Supplemental Newsletter

Whats Happening at Ploughshares this December We are closing to help prevent the spread of Covid during this surge.  We hope to be open again on January 5th.  Reading the news it looks like we just had a day in this country when 3000 people died from this horrible disease. I learned when I went…

December 2020 Newsletter

New Berries and Vines Just Arrived Southern Highbush varieties of Blueberry are newly arrived from Dave Wilson nursery in sleeve pots.  These blueberries are adapted to the East Bay’s mild climate and produce large crops when planted with compatible cross-pollinating ‘friends’.  We recommend you plant two bushes per family member who desires blueberries.  Berries typically…

New Seed in from Seed Savers Exchange

Arugula: Sylvetta Organic Arugula Beet: Bulls Blood Organic Beet Beet: Chiogga Organic Beet Broccoli: Broccoli di Cicco Organic Broccoli Cabbage: Early Jersey Wakefield Organic Cabbage Cauliflower: Early Snowball Organic Cauliflower Collards: Ole Timey Blue Organic Collards Corn: Golden Bantam Improved Organic Corn Cucumber:  Early Fortune Organic Cucumber Cucumber: Jelly Melon Organic Cucumber Cucumber: Poona Kheera…

Alameda Point Collaborative

Ploughshares is a social enterprise of Alameda Point Collaborative. We provide job training for residents of our supportive housing community. Proceeds of sales are used to maintain programs for the formerly homeless.  Alameda Point Collaborative: resilience through fires.As part of our resilience series, we’ll showcase a story from one of our residents every week leading…

Last Call for Vegetable Starts

Get em in the ground while supplies last. Next time we will have vegetable starts for sale will be end of February beginning of March 2021 Artichoke: Green Globe Artichoke Bok Choy (asian mini-cabbage, sweet and great for stir fry) Broccoli: Chinese Broccoli Broccoli: Gypsy Broccoli Bronze Fennel Cabbage: Cheers Cabbage Cardoon ( artichoke relative,…

Borage and Bee

Borage is a fast growing, nutritious herb which benefits pollinator species greatly. 4″ pots $3.99