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CSUN-al Gardening 2011







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Winter 2011

(Fruit) Tree Pruning

Jerry Turney, L.A. County Agricultural Commissioners Office

Sat., Jan. 8, 2011, 1 p.m. Registration begins December 8, 2011.

Registration is required.

Take the mystery out of fruit tree pruning as well as the general principles of tree pruning. The class will begin with a brief introduction to the 'why', 'when', and 'how' of tree pruning. Mr. Turney will then discuss the specifics of pruning for better crop yields.

Jerry Turney lectures on a wide variety of horticultural topics. His busy schedule includes monitoring for the Sudden Oak Death pathogen, Phytophthora ramorum, in local nurseries and teaching classes at the Los Angeles County Arboretum.                  




We Say "TOMATO!!"

Scott Daigre

Sat., March 5, 2011, Time 9-11 a.m. Registration begins February 5th.

Registration is required. Please register via e-mail
Registration for this class begins on February 5, 2011.

Heirloom tomatoes are a perennial favorite with Southern California gardeners, and it's no wonder. Developed through discriminating selection over many years or even decades, often by home gardeners, heirlooms can be yellow, ivory, red, green, or even blackish red, come in shapes from round to oval to pear, and weigh from under an ounce to over 2 pounds. Heirloom names are equally exotic, with monikers such as Pineapple, Mr. Stripey, Pink Honey, and Cherokee Purple describing the distinctive fruit.

With so many different varieties to choose from, one must wonder whether they have different growing needs. Do some require special fertilizers or feeding schedules, or longer growing seasons? The irepressible Mr. Tomatomania, Scott Daigre, will delight us with his practical tips on tomato growing and selecting the varieties best suited to the San Fernando Valley. As well as enjoying his own home garden, Mr. Daigre is the proprietor of PowerPlant Garden Design and the annual Tomatomania! event in Encino. His garden designs have been featured on DIY and HGTV program.

Likely the most popular edible grown by the home gardener, tomatoes are easy to grow and offer nutritious and tasty rewards.  Join us!



Popular Fruit Trees for the San Fernando Valley

Edgar Valdivia

Saturday, August 6, 9-11 a.m. Registration begins July 6th.

Home gardeners in Southern California face a daunting task when it comes to selecting fruit trees. Aside from "chill hours" and water requirements, what else should the savvy buyer consider before purchasing a fruit tree for the home setting?

Edgar Valdivia, long-time member of the California Rare Fruit Growers Association, will discuss some of the most popular types of fruit trees and how to select the kinds best suited for the San Fernando Valley. Along with sharing some of his personal insights on growing fruit trees, Edgar will bring fruit from his home orchard to show the class.

As a passionate hybridizer of new fruit varieties, Edgar has succeeded in growing almost 100 different varieties of fruits, with a specific interest in rare fruits. He lives in Simi Valley, where the weather can present challenges such as winter lows of 26 degrees and summer highs of 105+ degrees. He loves sharing his knowledge and passion for growing fruit trees with the public.

Registration is required. Please register via e-mail
Registration for this class begins on July 6th.





Integrated Pest Management for the Home Garden
Jerry Turney, Senior Biologist/Plant Pathologist,
Los Angeles County Agricultural Commissioner's Office
Saturday, October 22, 2011 9-10:45 a.m.
Registration opens on Thursday, September 22.

Attendees of the 3 previous CSUN-al Gardening classes have pruned their fruit trees and planted lots of tomatoes, and/or varieties of fruit. But now that their home version of the Garden of Eden is flourishing, some gardeners may be dismayed to discover an invading horde of insect pests. Who are these voracious intruders and what can be done to discourage them without tainting the crop?

Jerry Turney will guide us in applying the methods of IPM, Integrated Pest Management, a strategy which emphasizes using the least toxic means of pest control before resorting to more toxic approaches. He will also discuss common plant diseases and their prevention and control.

Attendees are invited to bring in containerized samples of diseased plant material or suspected pests for ID and advice. High quality (not cell phone) digital images may be emailed to the email account, to be discussed in class. Please include the city where the photo was taken, and plant information, if available. Mr. Turney will discuss the most significant examples and their treatment.

Registration is required. Please register via e-mail
Registration for this class begins on Thursday, September 22.







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