News and Notes of the UCSC Farm & Garden

The quarterly News & Notes of the UCSC Farm & Garden includes gardening tips, vegetable- and fruit-growing information, discussions of plant varieties, Apprenticeship updates, recipes, and an events calendar. Members of the Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden, the Center's community support group, receive a subscription to the News & Notes as part of their membership. Find out more about the Friends of the Farm & Garden and how you can become a member.

    2014 Issues

  • Summer 2014

    The How's and Why's of Summer Fruit Tree Pruning
    Introduction
    Summer vs. Winter Pruning
    Understanding the Physiological "Why's" behind Summer Pruning's Effects
    Summer Pruning Tips
    Endowment Gift Will Support Apprenticeship Training Program
    When Should I Water?

  • Spring 2014

    Spring Plant Sale Preview: Cultivating Resilience in Your Yard and Garden
    Friends' Business Affiliates Program Debuts
    Hay Barn Deconstruction Completed
    Meet the 2014 Apprentices

  • Winter 2014

    For the Home Orchardist: Thoughts on Pruning and Training Deciduous Fruit Trees
    Light Interception and Distribution
    Training
    Pruning
    Open Center Tree Form
    3-Saturday Garden Cruz: Organic Matters Offered
    Ideas for Responding to the Drought


  • 2013 Issues

  • Fall 2013

    Making the Most of Your Pepper Crop
    Red or Green?
    How Hot Are They?
    New Mexico Chile Plant Characteristics
    Land Race Peppers
    Saving Seeds at the UCSC Farm
    Beginning Farmer Mixer at the Ecological Farming Conference

  • Summer 2013

    Making Quality Compost
    Benefits
    Process and Participants
    Five Criteria for Success

    The Farm is Growing! New Fields Add Production, Research, and Teaching Opportunities

  • Spring 2013

    Selecting Varieties for the Plant Sale
    Selection Criteria

    Beyond the Box
    Hay Barn Restoration Project Initiated

  • Winter 2013

    Tending Fruit Trees - A Template for Success
    Making Nutrients Available
    Maintaining Established Trees

    Selecting and Planting Blueberries
    Choosing a Variety
    Preparing the Soil
    Maintaining Soil Moisture

    The People's Farm & Garden at UCSC


  • 2012 Issues

  • Fall 2012

    Choosing & Using Cover Crops in the Home Garden & Orchard
    Timing
    Materials and Methods
    Soil Preparation and Seeding
    Seed Sources

    Home Farmers Return 40 Years On
    About the Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden
    The Roots of Padron Peppers
    Winning Recipe from the Harvest Festival Apple Pie Contest

  • Summer 2012

    Early Summer Gardening Tips
    Root Crops and Direct-Sown Leafy Crops (Salad Greens, etc.)
    Summer Squashes and Cucumbers
    Tomatoes
    Brassicas
    Miscellaneous Tasks
    Looking Ahead

    Source and Grow Your Own Organic Bouquets
    “Root Down” with Real Field Flowers
    Workshop Shows You How

    Local Growers Offer Organic Flowers for the San Francisco and Monterey Bay Regions
    New Gardening Book Offers Ideas for Gardening with Kids

  • Spring 2012

    Join the Revolution - Plant Flowers!
    Plant Diversity Encourages Beneficials
    Plants That Provide for the 3 P’s
    Adding Vegetables to the Mix

    Ornamental Grasses Add Color, Texture to the Landscape

  • Winter 2012

    Reliable Fruit Tree Varieties for Santa Cruz County
    The Reliable—and Not So Reliable
    Chill Hours
    Reliable Fruit Varieties

    Responding to Fall & Winter Drought in the Garden
    Winter Recipes from Fresh from the Farm & Garden: Seasonal Recipes for Busy Cooks


  • 2011 Issue

  • Fall 2011

    Your Soil—A Primer, with Some Strategies for Sustainable Management
    Soil's Four Components
    Soil’s Three Distinct Properties: Physical, Chemical, and Biological
    A Biological Approach to Managing Soils
    Assessing and Amending Your Soil
    Closing Tips

    Harvest Festival Draws an Enthusiastic Crowd
    Apple Pie Contest's Winning Recipe

    Farm-to-Fork to Future

  • Summer 2011

    Adding Cane Berries to the Home Garden
    Location, Location, Location
    Bed Preparation and Planning
    Support Structures
    Choosing Varieties: Primocane (everbearing) versus Floricane (June bearing)
    Irrigation, Disease Control, and Ongoing Fertility
    Harvest
    Sources

    Help Us Bridge the Gap

  • Spring 2011

    Spring Plant Sale Includes New Features, Old Favorites, & Community Partnerships
    Solanum Central
    Santa Cruz Natives
    Yours in Community

    New Garden Project Extends the Seasons
    High Tunnels Allow for Earlier Planting
    Home Gardening Options

  • Winter 2011

    Rootstock Basics
    What is it?
    Where Do They Originate?
    What Do They Give You?
    Advantages of Dwarfing Rootstock

    The Gardening Seasons of Santa Cruz


  • 2010 Issue

  • Fall 2010

    Choosing, Growing & Harvesting Cut Flowers
    Reasons for Growing Cut Flowers
    Criteria for Selection: What are you looking for in a cut flower?
    Factors that Influence Plant Quality and Vase Life
    A Thumbnail Sketch of Annual Flowers
    Ideal Time to Cut
    How to Cut
    What to Cut
    Floral Preservatives
    Flowers that Attract Beneficial Insects

    Apprentice Housing Project Dedicated at Fall Celebration
    Winning Recipes in the 2010 Harvest Festival Apple Pie Contest

  • Summer 2010

    "A Rose by Any Other Name"—The Allure of Species Roses
    Characteristics of Species Roses
    Rugosa spp. and Rugosa Hybrids
    Features of Rugosa Roses
    Greatest Hits of Rugosas

    Oral History Reveals Sustainable Agriculture's Deep Roots on the Central Coast
    The Town that Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food
    Easy Ways to Keep Produce Fresh

    Storing Fresh Product Simply
    Preserving Food Fast
    A Few Warnings

  • Spring 2010

    Mini Head Lettuces Offer Gardeners Delicious, Affordable Salad Options
    Romaine Types
    Small-Framed Butterheads
    Too Many Seeds of One Variety? Renee’s Garden Seeds Offer an Elegant Solution

  • Winter 2010

    Learning to Know & Appreciate Russeted Apples
    Russeted Apples—A Classic “Keeper”
    Shape and Size
    Skin and Color
    Taste
    Uses
    Varietal Descriptions of Some Favorite Russet Apples
    Mail Order Sources

    Working Around the Rains
    Some Favorites Peppers for Next Summer's Gardens

    Seed, Seedling Care, and Transplanting
    Some Recommended Varieties


  • 2009 Issue

  • Fall 2009

    A Sampling of Edible Plants Native to the Monterey Bay Region
    Grow a Farmer Campaign a Success! Apprentice Housing Project Underway

    Campaign Raises Awareness of Apprentices' Work
    University of California offers free publications to Californians
    The University of California launches a new gardening Web site

  • Summer 2009

    Selecting, Growing, and Ripening European Pears
    Ripening Summer and Winter Pears
    Summer Pears

    Native Salvias for the Garden
    Color Shape and Size
    Establishment and Care
    Some Favorite Salvias
    Winter Pears
    Greatest Hits of Pear Varieties
    Summer Pears
    Postscript

    The Benefits of Summer Fruit Tree Pruning

  • Spring 2009

    A Bounty Of Plants At This Year's Plant Sale
    Annual Veggies and Herbs
    Annual Cut Flowers
    Perrenial Vegetables/Fruits
    Prime Perrenials
    California Natives

    "Grow a Farmer" Campaign to Help Apprentice Housing Fundraising
    Rose Offerings at the Spring Plant Sale

    Old School
    New School
    Own Root Roses
    Hybrid Musks
    David Austin (English Shrub Roses)
    Floribundas
    Climbing Roses

  • Winter 2009

    Selecting and Planting Bare Root Fruit Trees
    Tree Sources
    Selecting Quality Trees
    Digging and Prepping the Planting Hole or "The Almighty Hole"
    Positioning and Planting the Tree
    Time of Planting
    Ceanothus
    American Pests: The Losing War on Insects from Colonial Times to DDT

    Help Keep the Apprentices on the UCSC Farm


  • 2008 Issue

  • Fall 2008

    Scion Basics
    What is it?
    Where Does It Come From?
    What Does it Give You?
    Where Can I Get Some of the Scions Discussed Here?
    Now's the Time to Plant Natives
    Range of Plants to Fill Every Garden Niche
    Planting Tips

    Rainbow Pepper Soup Recipe
    Savory Winter Squash Stew Recipe

  • Summer 2008

    Checking Up on the Farm's Perennial Border
    Christof's Favorites
    Also Doing Well
    Not recommended for these conditions (but try them inlight shade or with additional irrigation)
    Fire-safe Landscapes

    Clark Fork Organics Brings Slad Mix & Much More to Missoula

  • Spring 2008

    Something For Gardens Large & Small At the Spring Plant Sale
    Gifts Bolster Special Projects at the Farm & Garden
    In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
    Spring Gardening and Landscaping Chores

  • Winter 2008

    Final Reflections on 30 Years of News & Notes
    Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

    Make Your Own Potting Mix
    Sowing Mix
    Six-Pack Mix

    Back to Basics


  • 2007 Issue

  • Fall 2007

    Back 40: Breaking New Ground—A Truly Remarkable Celebration
    A Fond Farewell, A Warm Welcome
    Help Build Apprentice Housing at the Farm
    Flower Confidential,by Amy Stewart
    Winter Gardens
    Further Reflections on 30 Years of News & Notes
    U.S. Farmers offer solace to war veterans

    Politics of War
    Backed Stuff Squash Recipe

  • Summer 2007

    Reflectin on 30 Years of News & Notes
    The Landscaping Ideas of Jays
    Patricia Allen Takes the Helm as Director of CASFS
    Bringing Those Pesky Garden Snails to a Halt
    Roasted Potatoes Plus Recipe

  • Spring 2007

    Blue Takes Center Stage At This Year's Spring Plant Sale
    The Goals of Soil Cultivation

    Promoting Good Tilth and Structure
    Preventing or Breaking Up Hard Pans
    Promoting and Maintaining Good Aeration
    Warming and Drying Soil
    Incorporating Organic Matter
    Controlling Weeds
    Creating an Appropriately Well-tilthed Particulate Seed Bed
    Nutrient Release (in Balance)
    A Word Regarding Texture and Structure, the Two Most Fundamental Physical Properties of Soil
    Vocabulary Terms
    Alumni Updates

  • Winter 2007

    French Intensive Gardening: A Retrospective
    History of French Intensive Gardening
    Building Soil with the French Intensive System
    Primary Features of the French Intesive System
    Styles/Tools/Techniques of Cultivation
    Intensive Spacing of Plants and High Yield/Area
    Intercropping
    The Use of Fully Mature Compost
    A Soil Ethnic, or an Insane Reverence for Soil
    Extensive Use of Transplants
    Evenness Principle
    Labor as Well as Plant Intensive
    Eco-Farm Conference Helps Mark 40th Anniversary
    Chadwick's Favorite Roses
    Apprenticeship Wins Top Honor in Sustainable Agriculture

    The Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture: A Brief History
    Dealing with Frost Damaged Citrus


  • 2006 Issue

  • Fall 2006

    Autumn Apple Musings
    Report Card: Pesticides in Produce
    Apple Pie Bake-Off Results

    Harvest Pie Recipe
    Can You Dig It?
    Kobacha, Onion and Rosemary Saute Recipe

  • Summer 2006

    Easy to Grow Asian Greens Make a Versatile Addition to the Garden
    Additional Cultural Notes
    Easy Asian Greens Recipe
    Book review—Native Treasures: Gardening with the Plants of California
    Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe
    The Farm & Garden Community Loses a Beloved Friend

  • Spring 2006

    Cottage Garden Favorites Featured at This Year's Spring Plant Sale
    Perrenial Food Crops
    Native Plants
    Other Perrenial Standouts
    Annual Vegetables and Flowers
    Cox's Orange Pippin Tribe Offers Growers a Delicious Challenge
    Cox's Orange Pippin Offspring
    And a Variety in Search of a Name...

  • Winter 2006

    Thoughts From Among the Apple Trees
    Gravenstein
    Aroma
    McIntosh History and Profile
    Among the Apple Trees

    Connecting Students to the Farm
    February Garden Checklist
    Citrus and Almond Salad Recipe
    Wild Mushrooms and Angel Hair Pasta Recipe


  • 2005 Issue

  • Fall 2005

    Organic Rose Care Demystified in New Book
    Pruning
    Fertility
    Disease Control
    Excerpts from
    A Rose Primer: An Organic Approach to Rose Care Selection and Care
    Sources: Mail Order vs. Retail
    Types: Bareroot vs. Container Growth
    David Austin's Roses, aka English Shrub Roses
    What Defines an English Shrub Rose?
    In a Nutshell—David Austin Rose Characteristics
    Greatest Hits of David Austin's English Shrub Roses
    Grants Fund a Variety of Education and Apprenticeship Efforts
    Dibs and Dabbles

    Harvest Festival Traditions
    Science of Gardening
    Fall Colors

    Fall Gardening Check List
    Clear beds and build compost piles—
    Plant cover crops—
    Tidy up the greenhouse and potting area—
    Mulch and treat perrenials and fruit trees—
    Take care of tools—
    Plant bulbs and other crops—
    Prep holes for fruit trees and roses—

    Roasted Autumn Vegetables Recipe

  • Summer 2005

    Easy-To-Grow Tarragon Adds Sprightly Flavor to Summer Dishes
    Some Thoughts on Salad Mixes
    Book Review: "California's Wild Gardens: A Guide to Favorite Botanical Sites"
    Book Review: "The Conquest of Bread: 150 Years of Agribusiness in California"
    Gardening is Good For You
    Rose Cutting Tips
    Organic, Inc.
    Alumni Updates
    Marinated Veggie Kebabs Recipe

  • Spring 2005

    Spring Plant Sale Preview: Garden Favorites Offer Taste & Beauty
    Garden Peas Bring Springtime Flavor
    Beans Offer Year-Round Beauty
    Earth Day Organic Foods Campaign Goes Mainstream

  • Winter 2005

    Unearthing The Best Seed For Organic Gardens
    Peaches and Nectarines—Growing Tips and Varietal Descriptions
    Cultivation and Growing Tips
    Rootstocks
    Peach Varieties

    Yummy Winter Salad Recipe