UCCE Orange County Master Gardeners
University of California
UCCE Orange County Master Gardeners

Our Poor Pitiful Garden Soil and What to Do About It

Mark Your Calendars and Register Today!

If you live in California and have poor soil, join the club! Many of our local soils are poor in humus and nitrogen. Good gardening begins with good soil, resulting in healthy plants plus water absorption and drainage.  Best selling author Pat Welsh will discuss the components of soil and address how to improve and maintain good soil in your garden.   

Pat Welsh

Emmy-Award winning TV personality, garden writer, public speaker, and horticultural consultant,  Pat Welsh is the author of Pat Welsh’s Southern California Gardening: A Month-by-Month Guide, often called “the gardener’s bible”, and many other gardening books. Born in England into a family of avid amateur gardeners, she emigrated to America as a child and spent her teen years on a Pennsylvania farm. She graduated from Hollywood High and Scripps College. In 1989 she became the first Garden Editor of San Diego Home/Garden Magazine and later was longtime host of an evening news segment called “Newscenter 39’s Resident Gardener” on the NBC station in San Diego, the first news segment of its kind nationwide.
Pat Welsh is also a lifelong amateur painter in oils and watercolors.  Her professional art projects include design and building of a 90-foot-long, multi-media mural in front of the Del Mar Public Library, in collaboration with graphic artist Betsy Schulz and volunteers.

She is the recipient of many awards including:  The San Diego Area Emmy Award for Performance, The San Diego Press Club Award, The National Quill and Trowel Award, The Lifetime Achievement Award from Quail Botanical Gardens, Cuyamaca College Horticulturist of the Year, and San Diego Horticultural Society’s Horticulturist of the Year.  Pat is an honorary Master Gardener in her home county, San Diego.

If you can’t find the answer on the site, don’t despair! We also have the capacity to personally assist you through our hotline.  Just contact us by email or by phone (voicemail) at 949 809-9760 and we will respond to your inquiry.
UCCE Master Gardeners of Orange County, California

Weeds/PestsOrnamental PlantsEdible PlantsSoils/Fertilizers/CompostGeneral Gardening | Contact Us
MG Sign-in

Webmaster Email: srstolen@ucanr.edu