OFG meets the 4th Tuesday of every month.

All of our blog posts are now done through our Surfrider chapter website at
http://sandiego.surfrider.org/programs/ocean-friendly-gardens You can also visit our Facebook page at 'Ocean Friendly Gardens - San Diego'

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Rebates, Rebates!

Not only is water conservation sexy, it can also save you money!

San Diego County
Rain Barrel Sales - 2nd event this Sunday, Sept. 26, 9am-1pm, Fallbrook Village Square, first come first served click here for info. (Note: it's the same day as our Hands On Workshop, but people could go before the HOW since it starts at 11am.)

City of San Diego
Click Here for info on turf removal and irrigation retrofit rebates (+ info on rainwater harvesting and more) - for single family residential, multi-family and commercial properties.

All cities
Click Here for info on Metropolitan Water District rebates.

Know of any other rebates or great water conservation deals? Let us know and we'll try to pass them on.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Mulch and Compost Special!

Help clean our oceans in two ways … make your garden more Ocean Friendly by using local compost and mulch. Plus, for every Cubic Yard you buy from El Corazon Compost Facility, operated by Agri Service, they will donate $2 to support the Ocean Friendly Gardens Program!

Compost helps foster living soil which promotes water infiltration and reduces runoff at the same time it purifies water. Locally recycled, the compost is made of green landscape trimmings to reduce material sent to the landfill. Listed by OMRI, it is used by Organic growers and adds slow release nutrients to make your plants thrive!

Call 800-262-4167 and tell them you want to support Surfrider Ocean Friendly Gardens when ordering.

For more info on El Coazon visit www.agriserviceinc.com

Friday, September 17, 2010

Native Plant Workshops

Tree of Life Nursery, a nursery in San Juan Capistrano specializing in California native plants, is featuring 'Replace Your Lawn' workshops on Fridays throughout the month of September.

Their next workshop will be Plant Selection: Flowering Perennials and is a perfect opportunity to learn more about native plant selections for the garden!
An Expert Guest Series will also be held on Saturdays in October and November and will feature Greg Rubin and Bob Perry, two Southern California natives who are experts in landscaping with native and drought tolerant plants.
Check out their website for more info and be sure to come to our next Hands on Workshop in Encinitas on the 26th to learn how to make your garden native and Ocean Friendly!!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Is your garden Waterwise?

The San Diego Botanical Garden is hosting a 3-hour workshop on waterwise gardens. Soils expert Sharon May, irrigation specialist Kathleen Eagle, and local author/garden coach Nan Sterman are teaming up to teach this combined approach on gardening.

Learn to create a waterwise garden from the ground up using an integrated approach: soil organics, appropriate plants and efficient irrigation. Begin by learning how to manage soils and soil organics as a powerful tool for water efficiency. Compost works with microbes in our soils to capture, store, and transport limited water resources to satisfy your plants' needs. Next, they will discuss the enormous palette of waterwise plants suited to our region. With so many beautiful plants to choose from, learn how to combine plants to achieve year-round color and interest. Finally, they will cover the most up-to-date irrigation technologies and methods including how to retrofit existing irrigation, how to install a new irrigation system, and how to manage the water support your new, waterwise garden.

Saturday, September 25th at 1pm

This cost for the class is $70 for SDBG members, and $90 for non-members. Pre-registration is required by September 22. Visit http://www.sdbgarden.org/ or call (760)436.3036 x 206.