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Alta Loma Meetup, Share and Learn

  • Jun 30, 2013 · 11:30 AM
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Something that would cover soil, best time to plant certain veggies and how to get pick performance.

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  • Mark

    Hi guys, this was my first meetup and I had a great time. First, Sharon, thanks for hosting. What a beautiful garden you have. It is lovely. I did have a couple of questions: I overheard someone talking about tree collards, but I could not figure out who was mentioning them, as I was talking to someone else. I had a couple of questions about tree collards, so if anyone is growing them, please let me know.

    July 1, 2013

    • Karen W.

      I'll be in line behind Mark please! I didn't get to come to your home, but I saw the pics, very lovely indeed! I love watergardening too, but right now, I only have a small preformed pond. I think you have a lotus in a pot? Amazing!

      July 1, 2013

    • William C.

      Sure thing, Karen! Tree collards are usually propagated from cutting off lateral branches (when they are quite tall--like 4-5 ft). I consider them a "must have" for gardeners given how prolific and efficient and easy they are. Here's to faster growth to my tree collards and so we can all share the cuttings:)

      1 · July 2, 2013

  • Sharon

    It was great to see so many people attending and making connections. William's garden definitely has the beauty advantage, whereas my yard is the beast! I hope everyone learned something..I know I will be adding malabar spinach and yam greens to my list of good food to grow.

    July 1, 2013

    • William C.

      I don't know about the beauty advantage, Sharon. The advantage I have is that my two big cats are capable of much more generous fertilizer contributions than your tiny dog:)

      1 · July 1, 2013

  • Maria S.

    Thank you Sharon & William for sharing your gardens. Thank you to the group for sharing your knowledge, experience, plantings and crops! Thank you to those that made/brought food to share!

    On another note, I have a picture of a plant that I need help identifying...Will you take a look and let me know what it is??? I've added it to this group of pics. Thanks!

    1 · July 1, 2013

  • William C.

    Great seeing new and old friends!

    quick correction: what I referred to as the "lady of the valley" was in actuality "gayfeather." This is the lavender-like plants frequented by hummers, bees, goldfinches, and other beneficials.

    July 1, 2013

  • Dolores "Dolly" M.

    Thank you Sharon and William/Joanne for welcoming us to your home and showing us your wonderful vegetable garden. Thank you all for sharing your garden knowledge. I will make sure that my vegetable garden attracts the bees for pollination purposes.

    3 · June 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow, this meetup was absolutely wonderful. So many members and some much to learn. Our hostess Sharon had a wealth of information to share with us all. We had some many people bring plants and produce to share with us. Then off to William's house to share even more plants and gardening information. Thanks to both of you for opening up your homes an your hearts to share with us all. Thanks again and here's hoping to see you all again soon.

    4 · June 30, 2013

  • Karen W.

    Very well attended today in spite of the triple digit heat wave! Plants were exchanged along with ideas and gardening tips!

    1 · June 30, 2013

  • Ashley

    I JUST WANT HEALTHY TOMATOES! Lol. Hello everyone. I am new to the group. It appears to be a great group. I am contemplating joining the event tomorrow, however I would have to bring my 3 year old with me. If that's okay please let me know. She's very friendly btw. <3 Ashley.

    June 30, 2013

    • Ashley

      I have no gardening experience (other than doing a hydroponics project in middle school, and that doesn't even really count :D ). But, I am eager to learn.

      June 30, 2013

    • Sharon

      Ashley, it's great to bring your 3 year-old, hope to see you here.

      June 30, 2013

  • Karen W.

    I might have tomatoes ready by then! If so, I'll bring some. I've eaten up whatever has been ready so far, a few small eggplant, a summer squash, two cucumbers, and 3 tomatoes! Lots of kale and chard, but those dang butterflies are leaving their children on the leaves now.

    1 · June 21, 2013

    • Ashley

      Hello. How can I plant and raise tomatoes in a confined area? (like a balcony). Please and thank you. :))

      June 30, 2013

    • Karen W.

      Come today and we can talk about it container gardening. It's not hard, but there are some tips to help you! If u can't make it, email me later and I can coach u.

      1 · June 30, 2013

  • Mark

    Looking forward to it.

    June 29, 2013

  • Maria S.

    I am looking forward to attending my first IEOG meet up event!Looking forward to meeting everyone tomorrow, sharing some crops from my very first novice garden and learning from everyone's experience - both the newbies and master gardeners!

    June 29, 2013

  • Christi

    OOT...:(

    June 29, 2013

  • William C.

    for those coming to my place tomorrow, I'll be giving away plants and vegetable seeds. I have about 50 strawberries that need new homes, and plenty of sweet potato stems that root and grow rapidly--Asians eat the leaves stirred-fried, rather than focusing on the root.
    We'll prepare a few cooked Asian leafy greens for you to sample, for which we have either the seeds or the plants:)

    1 · June 29, 2013

  • Sharon

    I'll host this one in Alta Loma. If you have anything to share (seeds, seedlings, produce) please bring it along!

    2 · June 12, 2013

    • Maria S.

      I will bring some home grown zuchini and left over seeds to share. Shall I bring them raw or in a dish to share?

      1 · June 26, 2013

    • Karen W.

      I've got next to nothing! I've been cooking it as it matures!

      June 27, 2013

  • Jasmine c.

    Hi! I am a young SAHM and this is my first year planting our own organic garden. I am in n Fontana. I am interested in meeting other people locally and find out all the secrets to growing in this climate.

    3 · June 14, 2013

  • Maria S.

    Question, I have 3 ft tomato plants that have grown wildly in an empty area of my garden where I was composting for a bit. They may have been seeded by a tomato in the compost pile or a packet of seeds that unknowingly fly into the area (thanks to a very curious Chihuahua). Can these be pulled up and potted for sharing?

    June 26, 2013

    • Karen W.

      Yes! Just dig gently around the perimeter of the plants to loosen the soil and use a shovel or spade to lift it out carefully. I took a tomato plant from a vacant lot in L.A. and put it in my water bottle until i got home. It's set tomatoes already (not ready yet) in my raised bed.

      June 27, 2013

  • Gloria

    I have lots of bell peppers starts in need of good homes. I'll bring them and any others. I'm loving my raised
    garden.

    2 · June 24, 2013

  • Sharon

    OK when shall we have this take place? June 8? I can host it at my place in Alta Loma, then maybe we could run over to one of the other garderner's homes in the same area. There's nothing like just jumping right into a garden that's in progress, I think.

    2 · May 23, 2013

    • William C.

      I'm happy that the adopted children are doing well at their new home--credits to the skills of the foster parent, I'm sure:)

      June 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You guys are to funny .... love it !

      June 24, 2013

  • ashley m.

    Hey quick question... Newcomer here, would it b ok to join in even if I know NOTHING? I'm trying to get started.....

    June 24, 2013

    • Karen W.

      Of course! That's why we're all here, to learn from each other. You'll have fun learning how to grow your own veggies. Easier than you think!

      June 24, 2013

  • Sharon

    So William Chu has invited us to his garden. :-) Those that are interested can run over there too. He can give us the address at the meet up.

    1 · June 20, 2013

    • William C.

      Here's my address: 8003 Tuscany St. Fontana, CA

      2 · June 22, 2013

  • Tasha R.

    Sorry we already have plans that day. I would love to come though.

    June 20, 2013

  • Karen W.

    I'd love to help anyone that wants to start a small backyard garden or container garden! I'm right here in Alta Loma as well. My raised beds are exploding this year because I just began using compost tea!

    3 · June 14, 2013

    • LemonDrop

      Karen, my family was the first in line when God decided to give away "black thumbs". We've tried yard gardening, container gardening, aquaphonics, even buying plants at Home Depot, ... all our plants just die. Would you please help us start a small backyard/container garden? We can even use this project as a group project so other people can benefit from the "classes". We live in Diamond Bar and our time is totally available. Thanks. Cheers. Martha

      June 15, 2013

    • Karen W.

      I'd love to! You can even plant a small garden in a plastic kiddy pool (the hard plastic kind), or in a bale of straw! Lasagna gardening is really easy too, it's layered newspapers, compost, straw, whatever, and I even just buried my kitchen waste (fruit and veggies, coffee grounds, and egg shells only) right in the pile. It's make a rich, nutrient rich "soil" that plants grow right in! You just let me know what's best for you, and I can help you get started. Email me at [masked] and we can figure out a good time. Thx!

      1 · June 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would like to see what and how everyone does their magic ....

    1 · June 14, 2013

  • LemonDrop

    Do you have a class for "black thumbs?

    2 · June 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have adapted a fairly healthy lifestyle and now would like to start growing my own fruit and vegetables in my yard. I'm hearing alot about container gardens. I just want to get started with the right information.

    2 · May 21, 2013

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