UC Master Gardener Program
University of California
UC Master Gardener Program

Cover Crops for Home Gardeners - San Jose

Date: July 21, 2018

Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Contact: UC Master Gardeners

Sponsor: UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA

Location: Martial Cottle Park at the UC Master Gardener Parcel in the Teaching Pavilion

Event Details


Fave beans grown as a winter cover crop in the McClellan demo garden
Want to improve the soil in your garden? Cover Crops can perform many different functions from:

  • preventing soil erosion
  • attracting beneficial insects
  • adding organic matter and nitrogen
  • improving soil structure and tilth
  • increasing air, water, and nutrient availability
  • and even helping to break up compacted soils

Master Gardener Elizabeth Evans will discuss:

  • why you'll want to grow cover crops
  • the various types of cover crops
  • when to plant them
  • and when to cut and compost or till them under

After the talk, we'll have a hands-on demonstration on planting summer cover crops and cutting them down. Participants should wear closed-toed shoes, layered clothing and a hat, as the class is held outdoors in our Pavilion. A refillable water bottle, notebook and writing implements are recommended. Please arrive 15 minutes early to allow time to park and sign in. Please note: the park charges $6.00 for parking, or you can park on Chynoweth Avenue near Vauxhall Circle for free.

Presenter: UC Master Gardener Elizabeth Evans

Cost: Free 


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