MARIPOSA COUNTY – You CAN have fresh food all year long. Mariposa Master Gardener President Betty Massey will present a free workshop on year-round gardening Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to noon at Senior Citizen Hall, 10340 Greely Hill Road, Greely Hill.
She will cover which things grow best in cool weather and which do best in warm weather, crop rotation, companion planting, and getting a head start on summer crops by planting seeds indoors.
To get started, you need to know which veggies grow when. Cool season crops do best in temperatures between 55 and 75 degrees. Some of those are beets, carrots, parsnips, potatoes, lettuce, broccoli and artichokes.
Warm-season crops do best between 65 and 95 degrees. Some of those are tomatoes, melons, corn, squash and beans.
Massey will touch on Mariposa County’s numerous mini-climates that will determine the best time to plant outdoors. Not all the county’s start dates are the same.
According to a chart compiled from University of California, USDA, and other sources, the average date for first frost in Catheys Valley is Nov. 10-20, while the first-frost date in Lush Meadows is Oct. 10-20. Dates for last frost — important for summer plants — the dates are April 10-20 and May 10-20.
For more information, or to register, telephone (209) 966-2417 or go to the website http://cemariposa.ucanr.edu/Master_Gardener/.
Registration is recommended so there are enough materials for Massey to prepare.
Mariposa County Master Gardeners have two offices to help home gardeners with their problems and questions. In the north part of the county, the line will be staffed Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. beginning May 5. Call any time to leave a message, (209) 852-9711. The office is at 9751 Merced Falls Road, Lake Don Pedro.
The other office is at the county fairgrounds, 5009 Fairgrounds Road, Mariposa. Call (209) 966-7078 any time or drop by Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon and Thursdays 2 to 5 p.m.
Master Gardeners are volunteers trained by the University of California through the California Cooperative Extension service to offer help to home gardeners.