Anyone in the Santa Cruz Central Coast area?

caflowerluverMarch 2, 2009

After reading most of the posts on this forum, it seems to be mostly S. CA folks. I was just wondering if I am the only Central Coast poster. As many of you know, what grows down South doesn't necessarily grow here and visa versa. And I also would like to do trades with those who are close by. So if you are in the area, please reply.

Thanks.

Clare

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rudydude

I'm in San Jose, dose that count? No I know it dosnt, but I am just over the hill form ya. What are you interested in growing?

    Bookmark   March 2, 2009 at 2:05PM
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gardenguru1950(SunsetZ16)

Clare:

And I am really "central".

We down here -- between Santa Barbara and Monterey -- don't consider ourselves "southern" California nor do we consider ourselves akin to you "Northern" Californians.

Our soil isn't as good as yours and our water isn't as nice as yours.

But you and I are in the same general Sunset Western Garden Book Zones -- 14 - 17.

I'm afraid I'm not close enough to trade. Sigh. Another world.

Joe

    Bookmark   March 2, 2009 at 2:31PM
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bahia(SF Bay Area)

There are plenty of posters on this forum who live in the San Francisco Bay Area, which is close climatically, if not in distance to the Aptos/Santa Cruz area. I would also suggest that almost all of what does well in coastal southern California except for the most tender subtropicals, also does as well along the central coast. If you want more ideas of garden possibilities for your area, there are some great display gardens at Sierra Azul Nursery in Watsonville, as well as the Botanic Garden at UC Santa Cruz.

About the trades issue, you are on your own there. I'm in the business of selling what I grow, or using it in designs for clients, so can't help you there.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2009 at 2:32PM
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calistoga_al

I lived and gardened for more than 40 years in Watsonville, and often add my comments to posters from your area. Al

    Bookmark   March 3, 2009 at 8:23AM
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caflowerluver

rudydude - I was looking to trade veggie plants this spring. I start a lot in my mini greenhouse then have too many of one kind.

Joe - I guess you are smack dab in the middle. Very scenic area.

bahia - I have been to Sierra Azul Nursery in Watsonville and they do have great displays. Not wild about the plants we got there though. The redwoods and photinias are sickly and not doing well. The ones we got at HD and OSH did much better.

calistoga - I will look for your comments.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2009 at 12:20PM
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cat3010(z9/sunset17)

Hi Clare. I just wanted to let you know I am also in Aptos, although I am mostly a lurker and being a recent transplant from the Chicago area, still learning about my new climate and home. Also, I am just an amateur anyway, so probably not much help. But I am eagerly soaking up any and all comments/observations about this area, as well.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2009 at 12:19PM
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wanda(Z9 CA)

I'm in San Jose (z15-17), but I know of a couple of good nurseries in the Santa Cruz area.

Try The Garden Company in Santa Cruz or Aladdin Nursery in Fremont. The Garden Company has some great veggies that do well in your cooler coastal climate.

wanda

    Bookmark   March 14, 2009 at 10:51PM
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calistoga_al

The Roth family started the Aladdin Nursery about 60 years ago half way between Aptos and Watsonville on Freedom Blvd. Now in their third generation very good source for local knowledge and plants. The UC Santa Cruz Botanical garden is also a good source for plants and knowledgeable advice. Think about joining the Friends of the Garden. They are probably still welcoming volunteers. Al

    Bookmark   March 15, 2009 at 9:36AM
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wanda(Z9 CA)

Oops! Thanks for correcting, Al, I meant Freedom. Don't know why it came out "Fremont".

    Bookmark   March 15, 2009 at 10:58AM
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karinova(z9 CA)

I'm a bit late for the original poster, but I just had to take the time say hello to a fellow Santa Cruzian.

I live in Santa Cruz proper-- right off Branciforte.

Haven't logged in for a bit, but after 2 years without one, I've got a yard again and I'm just gearing up to plant. I've got a difficult site (it's a hillside, with eucalyptus trees at the top, and poor/no topsoil), but it's big, and the sun is excellent. I've been stockpiling compost all winter and I can't wait to get going. I know I can get some strawberries, tomatoes and herbs-- at the very least. Whoo hoo springtime!

    Bookmark   March 17, 2009 at 1:12AM
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caflowerluver

To anyone in the area I would recommend raised beds filled with compost for growing veggies. The raised beds should be lined with some kind of wire to keep gophers out. We have a terrible problem with those and also moles and voles plus ground squirrels. It took me a couple of years to do that and have been doing it now for 20 years. I live way up in the foothills of Aptos, but even in the downtown areas you can still get gophers. I also put roses and other long lived bushes in wire baskets. We have had gophers kill 4 ft. tall trees.
Clare

    Bookmark   March 17, 2009 at 12:42PM
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Mentha(9 CA)

I'm a bit further south than you, North SLO County, but the care of many plants are the same. If you like C&S I would recommend Succulent Gardens in Castroville. Robin has some amazing plants at his nursery, I can easily spend $200 while I'm up there. Reagan Nursery in Freemont specializes in roses.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2009 at 4:44PM
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bhnash(z16(9) CA)

I'm in Soquel, near the village. Nice to have a few GardenWeb neighbors close by :) I'd love to do some plant trades. My Cherokee Purple and Jaunne Flamme tomato seedlings have kicked the bucket and would love to not have to start over with seed again. I have some antique roses that need a new home, they are sitting in 5 gallon pots ready to be picked up. Any takers?

    Bookmark   March 19, 2009 at 11:53AM
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caflowerluver

bhnash - Costco has a sale on 3 heirloom tomato plants, good size, for under $10. I just bought some yesterday. I am having a hard time getting my tomato seeds to sprout. What antique roses do you have? Email me.
Clare

    Bookmark   March 22, 2009 at 1:54PM
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tammysf(9b/10a or sz15/16)

i like to also ferquent this site as it was started by someone in santa cruz that is very knowledgeable

Here is a link that might be useful: santa cruz info

    Bookmark   March 23, 2009 at 6:10PM
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caflowerluver

tammysf - Thanks for the link.
Clare

    Bookmark   March 23, 2009 at 10:11PM
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kevin1965

I am in Capitola. :)

    Bookmark   March 28, 2010 at 9:53PM
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ashleysf(9 San Jose,CA)

I am in San Jose area - but I frequent ProBuild Garden Center in Santa Cruz a lot and bought a lot of Dave Wilson Nursery fruit trees and special order citrus from them. They are very friendly and knowledgeable. I always stop by there on my drives to Santa Cruz.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2010 at 12:41AM
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Axel(12b/Sunset H2)

I'm in Santa Cruz/Scotts valley area up in thermal belts where I happily grow many Southern Calif plants like king palms, citrus and cherimoyas and avocados and a plethora of other great palms. But my pride and joy is a large collection of heirloom apple varieties along with other deciduous fruit that prefer the central coast over southern calif.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2010 at 11:54AM
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