2015 Garden Grand Opening Gala

This is a reminder that our annual garden opening celebration will be this next Sunday, May 3rd, from noon to 2:00. If you have donations from local businesses (or your own handcrafted items) for our fundraising raffle and silent auction, please email me so I can prepare the tags. And we do need volunteers to help with set-up (8 a.m.) and take-down (2:00).CommunityGarden_ACG

The opening party will include our customary potluck of yummy salads, main dishes, and treats, plus drinks we provide. This year we’ll also have live music, a raffle and a silent auction (with some great Mother’s Day gift possibilities!), and various freebies for your garden.
Come join fellow gardeners to usher in the growing season–and to see how beautiful your community garden is already looking!

Earth Day 2015


Happy Earth Day from everyone at the Aptos Community Garden! There are hundreds of wonderful ways to celebrate mother earth and give back, and if you are looking for good ideas other than working in your garden or hugging a tree, we recommend the Canopy Project that is a joint effort of the Earthday Network and Sevenly.


It’s simple. Pick a T-shirt design (like the image to the left) that you can proudly wear year round to show your support for the Earth and the Canopy Project will plant 7 trees!


Follow this link to learn more, then turn off the screen and get outside!:





Winter Cover Crop Demo Saturday

nakedfarmerAt 9:00 this Saturday (Nov. 15), Garden Board member Tom Krempa will present a short discussion and demonstration of planting a winter cover crop and will answer questions. Cover crops, which help re-nourish the soil for spring planting, can still go in if planted within the next few weeks. Just in case you missed it earlier, here’s a link to a brief article on cover crops.

The demonstration will be held in plot 71, which is in the upper right corner (as you enter the main gate) of the garden. Hope to see you there!

A Water Wise Gardener…

Our very own Pam Stearns from Plot 41 shared some great information, and a helpful article, about the benefits of cutting back on watering this time of year, especially in a time of drought like we are having now.

Speaking of watering….The San Francisco Chronicle Sunday edition Food/Home & Garden section had a concise item about watering.

What it says is that we likely water more than our veggies need. For sure they need steady moisture after seeds and seedlings are put in (except many beans will rot if ground is too wet), but most veggies do quite well with less frequent watering as they mature, Some fruits, such as tomatoes, are much improved by withholding water once they are established.

This season I pulled the water away from half of my tomatoes. The fruit from these plants were far superior to the ones which I could not stop watering because of their “upstream” location. Those with continued water were rather mushy and had less flavor.

—Pam Stearns, Plot 41

Update! Greenwaste Overflow

Hey, fellow gardeners,

Several folks have commented that while we certainly need a refuse site, having it right at the front gate makes entering the garden not nearly as pleasant (who wants to face a mound of weeds first thing?). The thought had been that up front would make for easy hauling away, but we do realize that the aesthetics of the garden are very important. So in response to those concerns, we’ve relocated the garden waste site to plot 25. Board members Jane and Cathy prepped the new site with plastic and have posted a sign.
Another note: With the cooler days and increased moisture in the air, we’ve shifted from twice-a-day watering to once-a-day (early mornings). We don’t want to waste water, plus several gardeners have noted that their plots have been overly moist. This afternoon, Cathy walked the entire garden, checking to make sure all plots were getting enough water, and she reports that everywhere looks good.
Happy almost-autumn, everyone!
Elizabeth Renfro
Secretary, ACG Board

Labor Day Plant Sale at Alladin Nursery

Alladin NurseryThe folks over at Alladin Nursery in Watsonville let us know that they are having their annual Labor Day plant sale. Here is what they had to tell us:



Sale begins this Friday, August 29th, and runs through Tuesday, September

  • All cactus and succulents: Buy 2, get the 3rd free!
  • All 15-gallon shade trees: 35% off!
  • All Avocado and Fig trees: 25% off!

Plus, check out our huge selection of great-looking Fuchsias and Exotic 
Begonias by Michael:

  • All Michael’s Fuchsias: 50% off!
  • All Michael’s Begonias: 50% off!
  • All Angel Trumpets: 50% off!
  • All Night-Blooming Jasmine: 50% off!
  • All Salvias: 50% off!

Alladin Nursery and Gift Shop is located at 2905 Freedom Boulevard
, Watsonville, Ca 95076

*Sale applies to items in stock only

Feng Shui Class

May 4th

11am – 1pm
Class $25

Please R.S.V.P to reserve your space!
Call/email Native Revival Nursery….
we look forward to seeing you!

**All class participants receive 20% off plants day of class**


Designing & Enhancing Your Garden With Feng Shui

(Using the power of the Year: The Yang Wood Horse*)


Each year there are certain areas to enhance to gain the support of the Tai Sui
(*ruler of the year). We will focus on how to unleash the Power of the Yang Wood Horse to support us in relationship, career, health, prosperity and more.

Are you looking for love? Come learn who has the greatest opportunity to attract a mate and how to enhance your garden for romance.


Madhu is a frequent guest speaker at various events and bookstores, guest on television and radio programs and is a contributor to several publications. View www.fengshuireflections.com for her other class dates and consultation information and receive free tips by clicking on “Newsletter sign up”.

Native Revival Nursery Coupon

Customer Rewards Coupon

$20.00 off ALL purchases

of $100 or more
Coupon good thru April 30th 2014

Native Revival Nursery

2600 Mar Vista Drive

Aptos, California 95003


Class: Edible & Medicinal Plants of Santa Cruz County

Join us for our first CLASS of the year!

Back by popular demand:

Tellur Fenner

Clinical herbalist/educator
Owner/director of Blue Wind Botanical Medicine Clinic

March 8th

10:30 – 3pm

Cost $35

R.S.V.P to Native Revival to resevre your class space!

Class Description

Edible & Medicinal Plants of Santa Cruz County

An Herb-Walk Tour of Native Revival Nursery:

From the mist shrouded sea cliffs to the lush redwood groves of its namesake mountains, the Santa Cruz area provides us with a chance to view a large variety of botanical specimens all within a relatively small geographical range. Join us as we discover together some of the amazing native edible & medicinal plants that can be found growing throughout this uniquely diverse bioregion.

Topics to be covered during our nursery tour include: field botany/plant I.D, plant family characteristics, ethical harvesting/processing/preparation methods, edible/medicinal/utilitarian uses, regional ethnobotany, botanical safety issues (plus tips on how to avoid poisonous look-a-like plants), California natural history, sampling of a variety of edible/medicinal plants, and more! Our study will emphasize a dynamic sensory awareness of the plants via close observation, touching, tasting, and smelling.

This introductory (yet in-depth) class should prove to be insightful and rewarding for anyone interested in knowing more about the flora of the Central California coast.

Native Revival Nursery

2600 Mar Vista Drive

Aptos, California 95003


Free Classes: Alladin Nursery

Good afternoon, friends!

We hope you’ll mark your calendars and join us for these great upcoming

Saturday, February 22nd, 10:00 am
Master Rosarian, Joe Truskot, of the Monterey Bay Rose Society will be
here to answer your questions and teach you how to prune and clean roses.

Saturday, February 22nd, 1:00 pm
Lloyd Cassidy of our fruit tree supplyer, L.E. Cooke, will use his 15
years of expertise to teach the basics of growing and caring for deciduous
fruit trees!

Saturday, March 29th, 1:00 pm
Don White of the Watsonville Bonsai Club will share his knowledge in the
art of creating Bonsai. Feel free to bring your own specimen for helpful
tips and tricks! Or you can start your own here!

Saturday, April 12th, 11:00 am
Aaron Dillon of Four Winds Growers will be here to teach you everything
you need to know about citrus trees, including lemons, limes, grapefuit,
and more!

All classes are FREE!
Only at Alladin Nursery
2905 Freedom Boulevard
Watsonville, Ca 95076