It’s the time of the year that the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Solano County have their free public plant exchange.
This year the date is Oct. 12. The time is 9 a.m. to Noon, look for the Master Gardener banner in front of our office. The office is at 501 Texas St. in Fairfield, kitty-corner to Armijo High School. The school’s location is at the corner of Texas and Washington St.
For those of you who have never attended a plant exchange – besides a variety of plants that some Master Gardeners have propagated – there will be plants that others have brought to exchange for something they may not have. It could be books, gardening magazines, pots and some tools. It’s all for free. There is no charge to attend this event.
If you have plants that you have propagated, excess flower or vegetable seeds, garden magazines, books, small pieces of garden art you no longer want or need, please bring them. Please no plants in pots over 5 gallons. In exchange, you might find something new to add to your garden.
But if you do not have plants or anything to bring and share, come anyway, it’s not a problem. Maybe the next time we have a plant exchange you will have some interesting plant, book or pot to share.
At the plant exchange this year you will have the opportunity to listen to mini talks.
Here is the schedule for these talks:
9:30 a.m.: Succulents
10:15 a.m.: Plant propagation
11 a.m.: Fall gift ideas
11:30 a.m.: How to become a Master Gardener
Stay for as many mini talks as you would like to hear.
You will also be able to get a vegetable planting guide, and pest notes cards to help identify pest and how to safely deal with them.
Parking in front of the office is very limited; there is additional parking across the street.
Bring your family and friends to this fun free event and go home with some new plants for your garden.
Betty Victor is a Master Gardener with the University of California Cooperative Extension office in Fairfield. If you have gardening questions, call the Master Gardener’s office at 784-1322.