DIG Gardens host a class on raising backyard chickens on May 12. Photo by Brian Harker.
Sat April 21 Spring Plant Sale The UCSC Arboretum and the California Native Plant Society hold their annual sale of native and nonnative ornamental plants. Special plant this year: ribes, beloved of California hummingbirds. UCSC. Free.
Sat April 21 Summer Vegetable Gardening Advice from Love Apple Farm = veggies worthy of two Michelin stars. LoveAppleFarm.typepad.com. $95.
Sun April 28 Dig Into Spring Party DIG Gardens rings in the soil-digging season with an open house 5–9pm with demonstrations, music, food and wine. Say “bloom” for 15 percent off purchases. diggardensnursery.com/. Free.
Sat May 5 Growing Veggies in Containers DIG Gardens says: no yard? Have a garden anyway! Special techniques for planting in pots. diggardensnursery.com/. $20.
Sat May 5 Water-wise and California Native Plants Bilingual class in Watsonville gives the skinny on choosing and maintaining water-sipping plants in the garden. www.green-gardener.com. $10.
Sun May 6 Backyard Beekeeping Palika Benton teaches this bee-in, which covers all the basics of hosting a hive. mamaearthmatters.com. $65.
Sat May 12 Chicken Gardens DIG Gardens hosts this Chickens 101 class, which includes tips on letting chickens help the garden flourish. diggardensnursery.com/. $20.
Sat May 19 Tomato Masters Love Apple Farm gives a class on the fruit that made it famous. Class repeats June 10 and July 19. LoveAppleFarm.typepad.com. $45.
Sun May 20 Reskilling Expo February’s expo had sessions on time banking, fruit tree grafting, sowing seeds year-round, backyard berries… we can only wait impatiently to see what’s in store this May! www.reskillingexpo.org. $5-$25
Sun Jun 17 Introduction to Biodynamic Gardening If channeling subtle astral influences works for Love Apple Farm, it can work for your eggplants. LoveAppleFarm.typepad.com. $45.
Sat Jun 23 Garden Faire A full day of wandering amid gardening workshops, demos and booths stuffed with goodies like tools and seedlings will make the gardener in anyone stand up on its hind legs and roar. At Scotts Valley’s Skypark. www.thegardenfaire.org. Free.
Sat Jun 30 Home Gardener’s Boot Camp The Monterey Bay Master Gardeners present a day-long marathon of classes in getting to know soil, irrigating, keeping bees and chickens, landscape design and aquaponics. Not for sissies. www.montereybaymastergardeners.org. $40.