Master Gardener Demo - Worm Bin Composting - July 25th @ 7pm

posted Jul 23, 2013, 3:36 PM by Gregory Hartt   [ updated Jul 23, 2013, 3:37 PM ]

What: Master Gardeners Demo - How to Make and Keep a Worm Composting Bin

When: Thursday, July 25th at 7pm (tomato tasting at 6:45pm...feel free to bring your best tomatoes to share with the UCI gardening community)

Where: Anthill Village Community Garden (the big community garden next to PV)

Come to the Anthill Village Community Garden for a demo on vermiculture. Yes, worms CAN eat your garbage and you can learn how to make that happen!  Find out what equipment and supplies you’ll need to assemble a worm bin including bedding, water, worms and food scraps.  You will also learn how to set up the vermiculture system, maintain proper temperature, harvest and do a little troubleshooting.  If you want to break down kitchen scraps into valuable, rich compost (and compost tea!) for your garden, don’t miss this presentation!

Hope to see you all there!

Master Gardener Watering Demo - Saturday 5/25 at 10am

posted May 19, 2013, 9:52 AM by Gregory Hartt

Hi everyone,
On May 25th at 10am, the Anthill Village community garden is hosting a Master Gardener water demo. It will give an opportunity to learn about effective watering strategies for the summer heat and another chance to ask questions to a master gardener. It will be at the Anthill Village community garden (same location as the last master gardener demo).

Hope to see you all there,


UCI Arboretum Plant Sale - May 5th/6th

posted Apr 28, 2013, 8:59 PM by Gregory Hartt

Catch spring planting fever at UCI Arboretum’s annual Spring Perennial Sale on Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, May 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

UCI Arboretum’s production nursery offers a variety of unique yet easy to grow perennials for the Southern California gardener. May is peak season in our nursery with a wide assortment of blooming plants from families like Salvia, Pelargonium, Plectranthus, and many other selections.

Besides beautiful perennials we offer an excellent variety of succulents, hummingbird plants, flowering plants for shade, and potted, blooming bulbs.

Arboretum volunteers who are experienced gardeners can help you with selection, planting instructions, and tips on growing your new plants.

Admission is $2.00 per person with children under 12 free. There is ample free parking directly across from the Arboretum.

South Coast Plaza Spring Garden Show - April 28th

posted Apr 28, 2013, 11:57 AM by Gregory Hartt

South Coast Plaza Spring Garden Show is taking place today, Sunday, April 28 from 11:00 AM- 6:30PM at 3333 Bear Street, Level 1,2, &3 in Costa Mesa on the Crate and Barrel and Macys Home Store' Wing. The link to the show is ( There are lots of vegetable plants for sale at The Plant Stand booth near Talbot Petities on level 2.

Have fun!

The show is free. The hours are the same as the mall.

Composting in the PV Garden

posted Apr 15, 2013, 9:02 PM by Gregory Hartt

Hi everyone,
We are starting our composting materials collection in the PV Garden. There are now labelled plastic bins near the peach tree for you to deposit garden waste and kitchen waste. Please be careful to follow the instructions on what you can place in each bin.

Most importantly, please do not leave any meat, fish, bones, dairy, oils, or fats in the food bin. The best kitchen waste for composting will be chopped up vegetable and fruit scraps and old bread.

Thanks for you help in getting together what we need to start composting for our garden!


UC Master Gardener Series at UCI - April 14th, 11am

posted Apr 7, 2013, 2:27 PM by Gregory Hartt   [ updated Apr 7, 2013, 2:28 PM ]

Hi everyone,
On April 14th at 11am, we're going to have one of the UC Master Gardeners come to UCI to give a talk/demo on gardening for summer vegetables. The talk will be held at the Anthill Village Community Garden (the large garden between PV and Anteater Dr)Topics that will be covered include:

-what/when to plant for summer
-starting summer plants from seed (with some seeds to take home)
-how to transplant summer seedlings (when/how to do it best)
-growing tomatoes and peppers
-organizing your small garden space
-summer pests and weeds
-summer pollinators
-and much more!

This will be a great event for new and experienced gardeners. It will be about 45 minutes of the demonstration and 15+ minutes of Q+A.

Non-garden members are welcome to join us for the event!

Hope to see you there,


UCI Arboretum Plant Sale - March 23rd

posted Mar 10, 2013, 1:26 PM by Gregory Hartt

Hi everyone,
The UCI Arboretum is having a Saturday Plant Sale on March 23rd from 9am to 3pm. The Arboretum (located on Campus and Jamboree) is a great place to get flowers and ornamentals for your garden. It's also a great place to walk around and look at local plants.

The calendar of events can be found at the link below:

Have a great weekend!

Compost Arriving Wednesday March 6

posted Mar 3, 2013, 3:08 PM by Gregory Hartt

A new batch of compost will be arriving at the garden on Wednesday morning at 10am! Anyone who can help move it into the garden, please come by on Wednesday morning.

South Coast Plaza Spring Garden Show

posted Mar 3, 2013, 8:14 AM by Amy Ho

South Coast Plaza Spring Garden Show will be taking place on April 25-28 at 3333 Bear Street, Level 1, Costa Mesa by Crate and Barrel and Macys Home Store' Wing. The link to the show is (

The show is free. The hours are the same as the mall.

Free Pass to the 37th Annual OC Home & Garden Show

posted Feb 27, 2013, 2:14 PM by Amy Ho

Hello everyone,
The 37th Annual OC Home and Garden Show is happening this Saturday and Sunday March 2-3. The event will take place at the OC Fair and Event Center at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. If you are interested in attending, the Orange County Register has a free pass for you. Use this link:
Just print the following and bring it with an ID for free entrance to the show.

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