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Spring Garden Festival At Cuyamaca College

March 24, 2010 By: admin Category: Top Soil

Spring Garden Festival 2010 “Conservation in Bloom”

Contact: Elizabeth Ramos, 619‐985‐8337 or Susan Butler, 619‐992‐4189

Cuyamaca College
Saturday, April 24, 2010
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Free Admission
Free Parking

Event: A family‐friendly community celebration of spring and a green future with educational programs, exhibitors, and demonstrations that highlight conservation of resources and culture. Cuyamaca College’s Ornamental Horticulture Department, the Water Conservation Garden, and the Heritage of the Americas Museum partner to produce this annual event, now in its 17th year.

Attendance: Over 7,000 people attend this event annually.

Purpose: To showcase and benefit the educational programs of the three event partners and Cuyamaca College.

Featuring:

  • Conservation Courtyard with Demonstrations of Green Living
  • Ornamental Horticulture’s Biggest Plant Sale of the Year
  • Landscape Design Consultations
  • Native American Dancing, Art Show, and Artifacts Alive!
  • Children’s Activities, including Llama Rides
  • Local Musical Guests
  • Crafts and Gardening‐related Exhibitors
  • Gardening Experts
  • Water Smart Plaza

Publicity:

  • Full‐color posters, flyers, and postcards, totaling more than 7,000 pieces
  • Mention on KPBS radio and television throughout March and April
  • Publications and websites of the 3 partner organizations, circulation
  • Facebook Fans and Groups, and 10+ community websites
  • Major calendar listings in the San Diego Reader, the Homescapes section of the San Diego Union Tribune
  • Full page flyer in the San Diego Horticulture Society newsletter and website, circulation 1,200
  • Newsletter mention and/or bill inserts by several participating water districts, with a reach of over 1.5 million people.


Sustainable Urban Landscape Conference

February 28, 2010 By: admin Category: Top Soil

Where?
Cuyamaca College in the Performing Arts Center

When?
March 11th & 12th

Why?
Sustainable Urban Landscape will improve the environment by conserving resources and reducing chemical applications. A sustainable landscape will also reduce labor inputs making it less expensive to implement and maintain.

Details:
One Day Registration (Thursday Only 3/11/10) $85.00
One Day Registration (Friday Only 3/12/10) $85.00
Both Days (Thursday & Friday 3/11 & 3/12) $145.00

Cuyamaca College’s Water Conservation Garden

February 15, 2010 By: admin Category: Top Soil

The Water Conservation Garden. An excellent resource for water wise gardening and xeriscape.

Study has shown composted manure can increase crop yields and disease resistance

February 11, 2010 By: admin Category: Top Soil

A striking finding of the study was how crops responded to compost in dramatically different ways. Few field experiments have compared the effects of compost on crops planted into the same plots. Interestingly, in 1998 the beet crop responded strongly to both composts and the NPK control. In contrast, the carrot crop planted six feet away responded most strongly to the goat manure compost. The mechanism remains a mystery, one of the many as yet unanswered questions about compost management.

Experiment with your garden and your soil, compost or amendments to find what works.

http://www.cias.wisc.edu/crops-and-livestock/composted-manures-offer-yield-and-disease-resistance-benefits/