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County Garden Shows How to Grow Produce in a Small Space
The County Operations Center's Demonstration Garden is a small 20ft by 20ft plot of land that showcases urban gardening, and demonstrates how this can be replicated for small urban spaces! All are welcome to visit the garden and attend upcoming events. Scroll through the following resources for help creating your own urban garden, and learn more about the garden with our Fact Sheet (Hoja de Datos).
What do you want to learn about? Click the images below!
Explore the Good Food Finder, apply for CalFresh, and visit and shop at Certified Farmers Markets.
Composting can be
practiced almost anywhere... in your backyard, at work or at
school, even at an apartment!
Our garden utilizes compost to make our food healthier and save water. Learn more about how to compost by visiting sandiegocounty.gov/composting & checking out our demo compost bins!
Home gardening promotes sustainability and helps the County reach its residential climate action goals. Visit the CAP dashboard to see how we're doing!
This garden supports the County's Agriculture & Conservation efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by storing carbon dioxide in soil.
This garden also supports the County's Water & Waste Water efforts by reducing unnecessary water use and demoing a rain barrel.
Did you know that you
can help protect San Diego’s water quality and save money by
using water more efficiently?
Our garden helps protect San Diego’s water quality by planting seasonal produce and watering only when necessary. Learn more about how you can help by visiting sandiegocounty.gov/conservation and checking out our demo rain barrel!
The Department of Agriculture, Weights and
Measures works to defend against invasive pests in our garden...
Did you notice insect traps placed throughout the garden's planting beds and trees? The Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures places these to protect against the spread of harmful pests and plant diseases.
Our garden plants seasonal flowers and native plants to attract
pollinators like bees, butterflies, beetles, bats, and birds! A tip
for gardeners is to mix flowers in vegetable beds at the same time the
vegetable garden is planted to increase the biodiversity of
To learn how to attract and maintain pollinators in your own garden,
guide by the University of California.
The County's Honey Bee Protection Program expands beekeeping opportunities, promotes responsible beekeeping, and ensures public safety.
The County garden grows produce that is in season for San Diego's climate so that the flavor and nutrients are at their peak! Looking to add seasonal produce to your garden? Check out the Farm Bureau of San Diego County's harvest calendar.
The Master Gardener Association's Vegetable Planting Guides & Growing Guides offer a detailed catalog of gardening techniques for produce grown in both the warm and cool seasons!
Download UCSD Center for Community Health's Harvest of the Month Toolkit and seasonal calendar to learn the types of produce that are grown locally in each season!
Did you know that produce grown in the County garden is consumed by our employees, students, and local communities? Make sure you know where to purchase local, seasonal produce near you.
Support locally grown food by buying your produce directly from farmers! Find the best location and day for you at sdfarmbureau.org.
Use the UCSD Good Food Finder Tool to find local farmers' markets and community-supported agriculture programs in your community.
This garden features a container garden to show that growing vegetables, produce, or herbs at home doesn't require a large amount of space. Get started with container gardening by checking out these basic tips.
Follow along with the Master Gardener Association's Things to Do This Month Guide & Today in the Garden Blog to make sure you don't miss out on a single home gardening tip!
Don't forget to also check out the Small Space & Container Gardening Blog to
learn how Master Gardeners design and care for their container
Little Free Libraries are book-sharing boxes where anyone can take a book or leave a book for free! Visit the Little Free Library in the County garden to learn more or visit sdcl.org/lfl.
Looking for a Little Free Library location near you? Check out the Little Free Library Organization's World Map.
Taking and sharing books is free to all! Learn more about this initiative by reading the County News Center article and watching this video.