Author Archives: Marcy Sousa

It’s Time to Thin Fruit

Spring is a busy time in the garden and gardeners often find themselves with a list chores to complete. If you are looking for some inspiration to get started in your own garden, join us at our Spring Open Garden day on April 22, from 9 am – noon.  Master Gardeners will be working in [...]

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What’s Old is New Again

A very basic concept has sparked an exciting revolution with this generation, but it is far from new. Upcycling is the act of taking something no longer in use and giving it a second life and new function. Some of the best examples of modern-day upcycling come from the 1930s-40s when families had very little [...]

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Inspecting Trees for Hazards

Storm damaged trees are something many homeowners will have to deal with at some point. This last storm brought with it some pretty powerful winds and with that many downed fences and trees. For some, it may be too late to inspect trees for potential hazards but hopefully for many of you, this last storm [...]

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Open Garden Day at the Learning Landscape

As Master Gardeners, we are committed to educating the general public on sustainable horticulture and pest management practices based on traditional, current, and evolving research. One of the ways we do this is through our Learning Landscape demonstration garden located at the San Joaquin UC Master Gardener office. We will be hosting our first fall [...]

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California Invasive Species Action Week, June 6-14

Written by: Karey Windbiel-Rojas, Associate Director for Urban & Community IPM/ Area IPM Advisor Did you know that this week (June 6 – June 14) is California Invasive Species Action week? The goal of this week is to increase public awareness of invasive species issues and share ways we can all participate in the fight [...]

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Happy Arbor Day!

Plant a Tree to Celebrate Arbor Day! Have you ever wondered how this national (and international) holiday got its roots? Arbor Day is an annual observance that promotes tree planting and care and reflects a hope for the future. As a formal holiday, it was first observed in 1872, in Nebraska. In 1854, Julius Sterling [...]

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Make Every Drop Count Photo Contest

UC Agriculture & Natural Resources is having a photo contest! You could win their “Water-Wise Prize Pack” by showing them how you grow like a pro in California’s worst drought in history! They want to see your drip irrigation systems, drought-hardy plants, water-efficient landscapes and anything YOU do to make every drop count at your [...]

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UC Davis Picnic Day: Bring on the Bugs!

Author: Kathy Keatley Garvey      Published on: April 13, 2015 DAVIS–A picnic without bugs just isn’t a picnic. Ask any entomologist. When the 101st annual Picnic Day at the University of California, Davis takes place campuswide on Saturday, April 18, visitors will see plenty of insects and other arthropods from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at [...]

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CA State Soil

We all know California has many state symbols. The grizzly bear flying in the state flag, golden poppies and the valley quail are all symbols that connect you back to our golden state. Did you know that California has a state soil? What is a State Soil? A state soil is a soil that has [...]

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Composting and Water Conservation

Author: Rob Bennaton Author: Adapted from an article by the Alameda County Master Gardeners Help Desk Published on: February 17, 2015 At this time of year, biodegradable organic matter such as tree and shrub leaves are often in big supply. Whether passively allowed to decompose or actively managed to speed up the composting process, and [...]

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    Lee Miller

    Lee Miller is a University of Delaware graduate and retired fisheries biologist, he gardens on 10 acres and makes wine each year with the help of a cadre of friends. However, his first love is gardening and he grows various fruit trees, heirloom ... Read Full

    Marcy Sousa

    Marcy Sousa is the San Joaquin County UC Master Gardener Program Coordinator. She is a Stockton native and enjoys teaching others about gardening. She has her bachelors from Stanislaus State in Permaculture. She has been with the program since 2007. Read Full

    Nadia Zane

    Nadia Zane is a UC Master Gardener, a landscape designer and Stockton native. She has a fondness for California native plants and sustainable landscaping, which she utilizes in her work for Native Beauty Garden Design. She is a member of the CA ... Read Full
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