Edible Gardening Group

This group is for novice and experienced gardeners who are interested in learning more about growing their own food. We talk about basic seasonal growing activities and there will be additional focused topic meetings throughout the year. The group will have opportunities for hands on learning such as sowing seeds etc. as well as interactive discussions. If you wish to join this group, please email EGG: Tina Higashi.

Edible Gardening Group (EGG)

Saturday, January 14 from 1PM to 4PM Location: Eden Garden Barn at Crosswinds Church

Happy New Year to all. EGG is starting the year off with an in person meeting at Eden Garden, across from the Outlet mall in Livermore on Saturday, January 14, at 1pm. Eden is one of the gardens the club supports. We will first gather in the Barn but we will be mostly outdoors so please dress warmly. The topic is pruning different types of grapes with a live demonstration. Our speaker, Graham Stott is a member of the Rare Fruit Growers, as well as a club member. He grows many varieties of grapes. Graham will also demonstrate how to graft scions on fruit trees. EGG will have our first ever scion exchange following the talk. If you have fruit trees and would like to participate, bring scions (cuttings). Scions should be about 12 inches long, with each different variety placed in its own labelled gallon baggie with a damp paper towel inside. For people wanting to get scions, please bring your own baggies, masking tape for labeling the different varieties and a sharpie to write the name with. A towel to dry your hands is also good to bring. It should be a lot of fun and who knows, your scion may take and you get to have another variety to enjoy. Also some scions like fig, grape, and pomegranate can be rooted as is., so don't forget about them. All club members are welcome to participate. For more info please contact either Sondra or Tina or use our group email at ediblegardening@lavgc.org.

Clare's Fare Garden Update and work parties

Saturday, January the 7th, the 14th, 21st, and the 28th from 10 to 11:30 AM
St. Clare's Episcopal Church, 3350 Hopyard, Pleasanton

This has been our garden's second year and we have increased our food production to 2,738 pounds for La Familia and the Culinary Angels. We have added a number of raised beds to increase our planting areas so 2023 may be an even more productive year.

We have cover crops growing nicely in our 4 large garden beds and a variety of winter vegetables in our raised beds. The 18 trees we have in our "orchard" have grown nicely so next year we may be able to have an improved fruit harvest. Our pollinator garden has also grown well. We have enjoyed seeing the large Mexican Marigold (Tagetes lemmonii) plant full of yellow flowers at this time of the year which It makes it an important food source for hungry pollinators during these months of scarcity as there are no flowers on most other plants in this bed.

Clare's Garden is located in Pleasanton beside St. Clare's Episcopal Church at 3350 Hopyard Road. The garden is on National Park Road, one block off of Hopyard Road via North or South Valley Trails Drives. For information on visiting the garden or for volunteer help on Saturday mornings from 10 to 11:30 AM, contact Jennifer Whitehouse or Judy Matthew.

If you are interested in being a part of EGG, send an email to Tina Higashi, EdibleGardening@LAVGC.org. See the LAVGC Yearbook for their additional contact information.

April, 2021 **See the new EGG Recipe book.**

See the yellow Recipes section on the right. Thanks to Beth Clark for creating the recipe book and to many members for their contributions.

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Garden Club year 2022-2023

  • September EGG Meeting.

Garden Club year 2021-2022

  • September Summer/Fall/Winter Garden Chat via Zoom.
  • October EGG digs deep into all things compost via Zoom.
  • November Giving thanks, sharing our garden and other November chores in the garden via Zoom.
  • December Caring and growing grapes, berries, and fruit trees via Zoom.
  • January Dreaming ahead to our next gardenss via Zoom.
  • February Planning our next gardenss via Zoom.
  • March How does your garden grow? - seed saving via Zoom.
  • April Clare's Fare Garden tour in person.
  • May Companion planting and more via Zoom.

Garden Club year 2020-2021

  • October Summer/Fall/Winter Garden Chat via Zoom.
  • November Fall/Winter Garden Chat via Zoom.
  • December Holiday Giving Ideas from Our Gardens via Zoom.
  • January Planning for Growing our Gardens via Zoom.
  • February Multiple Topics; Request for recipes via Zoom.
  • March Optimize Our Harvests; Request for recipes via Zoom.
  • April Topics related to growing our own foods via Zoom.
  • May Topics related to growing our own foods via Zoom.
  • June Topics related to growing our own foods via Zoom.

Garden Club year 2019-2020

  • September 2019 EGG members attended and participated in the Eden Garden Stop Waste Culminating Event.
  • October LAVGC members Karen Abbruscato and Tina Higashi. Making pickles and Kimchee.
  • November Pumpkins, Winter Squash and growing radishes and carrots.
  • December Dr. Mark Brunnell: Winter and summer hydroponic options to increase your growing capacity.
  • January 2020 Bruce Daggy shows us his equipment for making biochar and tells us how he goes about it. He also introduces a survey he's developed to find out why members in our group grow their food and to what extent this is done.
  • February Member and Master Gardener Diane Dovholuk shares her thoughts on "Healthy Living with herbs and spices, a demonstration of infusions, salves and syrups".
  • March Compost Training provided by Trevor Probert from Stop Waste.

Garden Club year 2018-2019

  • September 2018 Dr. Mark Brunell, Gardening in Our Second Spring followed by Seedshare seed planting
  • October Graham Stott, LAVGC member and member of the California Rare Fruit Growers, Growing Table Grapes
  • November Horse Manure and Worm Composting
  • December Gifts from the Garden
  • January 2019 Movie - "Secret Ingredients" trailer Secret Ingredients
  • February Graham Stott, Grafting and Starting Edibles
  • March No meeting
  • April No meeting
  • May Dr. Mark Brunell, Ways to deter pests in our gardens
  • June Tina Higashi: summer greens and herbs and how to use them; Jim O'Laughlin: gowing gourds.

Garden Club year 2017-2018

  • September 2017 Planting a Winter Vegetable Garden
  • October Seed Saving Basics
  • November Gifts from the Garden
  • December No meeting
  • January 2018 Preserving the Harvest
  • February Planning and Planting the Spring Garden
  • March Container Gardening
  • April No meeting
  • May Tomato Breeding and Growing Edible Blossoms
  • June No meeting

Garden Club year 2016-2017

  • September 2016 No meeting
  • October Winter Cover Crops
  • November Unusual Tools
  • December No meeting
  • January 2017 Wild Ferments
  • February Citrus School
  • March Rare Fruit Growers
  • April No meeting
  • May Spring Meeting
  • June No meeting

Garden Club year 2015-2016

  • September 2015 Seed Saving
  • October Planning a Winter Garden
  • November Preserving Food
  • December No meeting
  • January 2016 Seed starting and plant propagation
  • February Fermentation
  • March No meeting
  • April Planning and Planting Your Spring Vegetable Garden
  • May Field Trip - Rodger's Ranch Heritage Center
  • June No meeting

Garden Club year 2014-2015

  • September 2014 Propagation Workshop
  • October Growing Lavender
  • November No Fuss Fruit Trees
  • December No meeting
  • January 2015 Growing International Greens
  • February Sustainable Gardening Practices
  • March Composting - some new things to think about
  • April No meeting - Plant sale month
  • May Bio-intensive planting
  • June Food Security and Urban Agriculture

Garden Club year 2013-2014

  • September 2013 Tomato Tasting
  • October Seed Saving. Squash
  • November Growing onions and garlic
  • December No meeting
  • January 2014 Irrigation
  • February Asparagus
  • March Irrigation and Water saving Techniques
  • April No meeting - Plant sale month
  • May No meeting
  • June Pests and Diseases
  • July Berry pruning

Garden Club year 2011-2012

  • October we had a wonderful time visiting Wente Garden > > Pictures
  • November we had a workshop on composting, including worm bins and cover crops. > > More.
  • February Seed Starting: Notes
  • April Growing potatoes, carrots and beets. View our pictures from our April work shop on growing potatoes and a discussion of the best way to grow carrots and beets.
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