Category Archive Classes + Events Archive


From The Ground Up: A Grow Biointensive Series

Saturday, January 18th, 2014 at 10:30 AM  to  Saturday, March 22, 2014  at 4:00 PM, $218.00


Safe, Effective Pest and Disease Control

Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM, Free Class
Space limited, must register!


Top 10 Herbs to Grow

Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 10:30 AM


Container Gardening

Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM, $31

Planting a bountiful garden in containers.


Save Water and Have Your Vegetables, Too

Save Water and Have Your Vegetables Too
Saturday, April 26
10:30 – 12:30 $ 31

Drought in California is inevitable, and this year it’s worse than ever. How can we all use our water wisely? Cut down or eliminate our lawns, for sure. Use drip more, yes. Recycle shower water, yes. Plant lots of vegetables and fruits, yes!! According to, growing the average pound of lettuce commercially uses 15 gallons of water, tomatoes 22 gallons, and a pound of potatoes 30 gallons. Years ago, John Jeavons did much research on water use by farmers and home gardeners and reached the conclusion that the home gardener, using organic techniques, saves us all gallons of water. Join Rosalind Creasy, and learn which vegetable crops are best to grow in a drought and which techniques will help you grow your garden using as little water as possible. Rosalind Creasy is a landscape designer, edible plant expert, and consultant for Denver, CO, water department and has gardened her way through three California droughts. She is also a garden writer, photographer and leading authority on edible landscaping.


Graywater Class

Saturday, April 19m 2014 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM, $ 31

GrayWater-classCalifornia is in a drought situation and we are all being asked to save water. You can install a simple graywater system, which will save you 6,000 to 11,000 gallons of water per year. Good news is that Santa Clara county now provides a rebate for simple graywater systems. This class will discuss the different types of graywater systems, how to install a simple one, what to do, what not to do, and what plants and products are most compatible with graywater irrigation. Sherri Osaka is a licensed Landscape Architect, Bay-Friendly Qualified Designer and owner of Sustainable Landscape Designs. She lectures on and implements ecological landscaping techniques specializing in native plants, graywater and rainwater irrigation and pervious paving.

Greywater Fact Sheet Apr 2014


Native Plant Sale

Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM

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Don’t miss this popular Native Plant Sale at Common Ground. Native Revival is a specialty grower of California native plants. Indulge the pollinators in your garden with beautiful monkey flowers, penstemons, salvias and more! Select from a wide selection of flowering perennials, shrubs, and grasses.


More Beauty/Less Water

Saturday, April 5, 2014, from 10:30 AM to  12:30 PM,  $31

more-beauty-less-water-classLearn how to garden beautifully in our lovely, but dry, California climate. Experienced landscaper/designer Deva Luna imparts water-wise advice, design, and gardening tips, along with inspirational pictures of successful gorgeous water-wise gardens. Learn how to reduce the size of your lawn, Do-Your-Own methods of sheet mulching and improving the soil, while foiling the weeds! Taught by Deva Luna who is the coordinator of the Santa Clara Teaching Garden; her interests include gray water systems, edible landscaping,California natives, medicinal uses of herbs, grafting and quirky garden art. She has a degree in Plants and Art from UC Davis.


Salad Lover’s Dream

Saturday, March 29th, 2014 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM, $35

Salad-lovers-classImagine growing your own luscious lettuces, crunchy carrots, beautiful beets, crispy radishes and all kinds of other fixings for the salad of your dreams. Join local organic gardening guru Jody Main as she leads a class on basic veggie gardening skills — soil preparation, easy planting, harvesting and more. In addition to boning up you skill set, you will plant a ‘take home’ salad garden, with seed, seedlings and cuttings from Jody’s garden, to grow and transplant into your home garden beds or containers. For the perfect salad dressing, and a special treat, she will offer a tasting of her friend May’s Cloud 9 Orchard extra virgin olive oil…offered at Common Ground. Plant list and recipes included. Taught by Jody Main, a local organic food and garden writer, educator and consultant. Her specialty is designing salad gardens that include vegetables, herbs and berries.