This week I had the opportunity to attend the fabulous Central California Woman’s Conference. After working the Central Valley Moms booth. I sat in on a session titled “GET YOUR HANDS IN THE SOIL – SUCCESSFUL GARDENING IN THE CENTRAL VALLEY.” taught by Dr. Cynthia Eayre who teaches Biology and Horticulture at Fresno City College, and gardening at Clovis Adult Community Education. You can visit www.drcompost.com to find out more about her.
Today I’m sharing a few notes from this very informative session. Since the weather in the Central Valley is so mild we can garden year round!
I’m very new to gardening. This past Spring and Summer was my first time growing tomatoes, cucumber, basil, mint, jalapenos, and peppers. My tomatoes slowed down, but now they’re starting to produce again. According to Dr. Eayre we should be able to grow tomatoes until freeze.
Here is what she says can grow great here in the Central Valley as the weather gets cooler.
- Broccoli (These grow best with an 18 ich spacing)
- Bok choy
- Salad herbs like dill, parsley, cilantro
Dr Eyre reinforced the importance of having well prepared healthy soil and compost. This is an area I know I need to work on in my garden. Do you make your own compost? What bin do you have?
She also recommends putting coffee grounds in your garden. Did you know you can ask your local Starbucks for used coffee grounds for your garden? It adds nitrogen to your soil, which is important.
I’m excited to start adding some new items items to my garden. What do you grow here during Fall/Winter?