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SONOMA: Help in planning your spring garden

It’s too early to plant but not too early to start planning what you want to grow and eat this spring and summer

Master Gardener Steve Albert will lead a free workshop today on “Planting the Spring and Summer Kitchen Garden.”

He will cover everything you need to know to get starting, from deciding when to plant seeds, to transplanting starts. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The Sonoma Library, 755 W. Napa St., Sonoma. For information, visit sonomacountymastergardeners.org.


FORT BRAGG: Create a bee-friendly garden

Noted North Coast garden designer Kate Frey will talk about how to design a bee-friendly flower garden on March 5 at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden.

Frey, who specializes in sustainable or organic habitat gardens, has just published a new book on the subject, “The Bee-Friendly Garden,” by Ten Speed Press and written in collaboration with Gretchen LeBuhn, a professor at San Francisco State University.

Frey has years of experience creating habitat gardens and designed The Melissa Bee Garden in Healdsburg.

The class will be from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $20 or $10 for garden members and master gardeners, and includes day admission to the gardens. Class size is limited, so people are urged to sign up ahead of time by calling 964-4352 ext. 16. The Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden is at 18220 Highway 1, Fort Bragg.


GUERNEVILLE: Demystifying drip irrigation

Master Gardener Jerilynn Jenderseck will demystify the jargon of irrigation during a free workshop March 5 at the Guerneville Regional Library. She will discuss basic irrigation equipment, how it works and how it fits together. The class will cover how to convert your spray irrigation to drip, from the valves to the emitters and how to maintain your system. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Guerneville Regional Library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Road. For more information, visit www.sonomamastergardener.org.


SEBASTOPOL: Colors and textures in garden

Using a variety of leaf colors and textures you can have year-round interest in the garden. Master Gardener Linda King will show how during a free workshop today at the Sebastopol Library, 7140 Bodega Ave. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For information, visit sonomamastergardeners.org.


HEALDSBURG: Gardening in a tiny space

Even if you have limited space or sun you can still grow a beautiful garden in containers. Master Gardener Sandy Metzger will show how to turn anything from a galvanized tub and wine barrel to a wok or a mop bucket into a container garden using her best planting tips during a free workshop March 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 12;30 p.m. at the Healdsburg Regional Library, 139 Piper St. For more information, visit sonomamastergardeners.org.


SEBASTOPOL: Grow veggies with less water

Specialists in food gardening with the Sonoma County Master Gardeners will hold a free workshop March 5 at the Windsor Regional Library on growing vegetables with less water.

Even though rainfall is up this year, water tables are not yet replenished after so many dry years. Learn how to be water smart and locate your garden in the best place, prepare the soil, select crops, irrigate, control pests, maintain the garden and more, all using water wisely. The workshop will include helpful handouts. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 9291 Old Redwood Highway, Bldg. 100. For more information, call 565-2608.

Compiled by Meg McConahey. Direct Home and Garden news to meg.mcconahey@pressdemocrat.com or call 521-5204. Please submit items three weeks in advance of an event. On Twitter @megmcconahey.

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