UC Santa Cruz workshop offers basics of citrus selection, planting and care

Mandarin trees at Abundant Harvest Mountain Farm owned by Daniel Paduano, one of the citris workshop instructors.

Citrus trees add zest to your backyard garden or landscape and the right range of varieties can provide a year-round source of delicious fruit. Learn the keys to successful citrus growing at an upcoming workshop, “Get Zesty! Citrus for the Home Gardener and Small-Scale Grower" Saturday, April 26, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the UCSC Farm on the UC Santa Cruz campus.

Orin Martin, manager of UCSC’s Alan Chadwick Garden, will team with citrus grower Daniel Paduano of Scotts Valley’s Abounding Harvest Mountain Farm to discuss how to choose citrus varieties appropriate to the Monterey Bay region’s many microclimates. 

They’ll also talk about how to select an appropriate planting site, prepare the planting hole, create healthy soil conditions, and minimize water use. The workshop includes a demonstration of proper planting techniques and discussion of the ongoing care citrus trees need to produce a bumper crop.

Cost of the half-day workshop is $60 for the general public, $55 for members of the Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden, and $35 for UCSC students and limited-income participants. Please pre-register online at http://citrus.bpt.me. For information on how to pre-register by check, contact casfs@ucsc.edu or 831.459-3240.

Note: Heavy rain cancels and pre-registered participants receive a full refund in case of cancellation.

The UCSC Farm is located a quarter mile up the gravel road above the Blacksmith Shop; free public parking is available in the parking lot at the corner of Coolidge Drive and Carriage House Road, off of Coolidge Drive inside the main entrance to the UCSC campus.