For the Gardener
The For the Gardener "tip sheet" series and short articles offer information on organic gardening topics. Tip sheets can be downloaded from this page. A list of publications on fruit tree selection and care is available on the For the Fruit Tree Grower page.
If you would like to receive printed copies of publications in the For the Gardener series, contact us by email or call 831.459-3240.
Describes a variety of Asian greens, including their history, cultural requirements, and recommended varieties (3 pages).
Offers growing information for a wide selection of garden beans, including how to put beans to use year-round in the kitchen (6 pages).
Information on how to grow these popular, nutritious crops, along with sources for seeds (6 pages).
Recommendations on how to select and grow blueberries in the backyard garden (1 page).
Describes how to site, select, plant, and care for blackberries, raspberries, and other cane berry varieties in the home garden (3 pages).
Describes a wide range of garlic varieties and offers ideas for growing this popular crop using organic techniques (6 pages).
An interview with garlic grower Pete Rasmussen, including tips on selecting and growing garlic in the home garden (3 pages).
Information on different types of Mini Head Lettuces and their characteristics (2 pages).
Describes techniques for growing onions and leeks, with an emphasis on choosing the varieties appropriate for the day length of your region (4 pages).
Describes organic cultivation tips for growing peas in the backyard garden. Includes varietal descriptions (6 pages).
Offers information on climatic requirements, propagation, fertility, and irrigation for sweet and chile peppers. Includes varietal characteristics, recommendations, and seed sources (6 pages).
Describes methods for growing potatoes without synthetic chemical inputs. Includes discussions of soil fertility, pest control, seed sources and variety characteristics (6 pages).
Describes how to grow your own salad mix, including various categories of salad greens, timing, and cultural requirements. Includes recipe ideas (2 pages).
Tips for growing and using this sprightly herb (1 page),
Describes the benefits of growing flowers and the techniques for selecting, planting, harvesting, and extending the vase life of cut flowers (6 pages)
Information on easy-to-grow annual flower species for gardeners on California's Central Coast (2 pages).
Information on the characteristics of species (Rugosa and Rugosa hybrid) roses, and plant sources (3 pages).
Discusses the basic concepts associated with soil cultivation and garden bed preparation, including organic matter incorporation, nutrient release, and promoting good tilth and structure (4 pages).
Introduces the soil’s four basic components and three major properties, discusses how these interact, and ways that gardeners and farmers can improve their soils by learning how to become “biological growers.”
Describes the techniques associated with the French Intensive Gardening system of bed preparation and planting (4 pages).
Describes the benefits, process, and criteria for making a successful compost pile (4 pages).
Introduces the technique of worm composting, an effective compost method that can be used to produce a nutrient-rich soil amendment in a limited space (2 pages).
Information on selecting and using cover crops, including the use of cover crops to improve soil fertility and structure for backyard fruit trees (3 pages).
Information on how to identify pest presence and methods on how to deal with gophers and other vertebrate pests of the garden (2 pages).
A checklist of "to do's" for the fall garden (1 page).
Seasonal recommendations for year-round gardening in Santa Cruz (2 pages).
Lists recommended seed companies from throughout the U.S. (2 pages).
Information on how to control snails and slugs with methods that meet organic standards (2 pages).
Offers ideas for water-conserving irrigation techniques in the home garden, including a brief overview of drip irrigation (2 pages).