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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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Vermicomposting – Composting with Worms!

Organic materials make up approximately two-thirds of the waste stream. While much of this is paper which can be used more efficiently or recycled, a large portion is material like food waste for which few beneficial options outside of composting exist. Fortunately, nature has provided one option that has been receiving increasing attention–vermicomposting. So what, [...]

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User-friendly Weed Identification Tool

Figure 1. Weed Photo Gallery home page.

If you have been out and about in the garden you have probably noticed lush, green, thriving… WEEDS! Knowing what kind of weed you have plays an important role in managing them. The UC IPM Web site contains many useful features to help identify pests and problems in the garden and home. One such feature [...]

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Feb. 8 Is UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day: Six Open Houses

Author: Kathy Keatley Garvey DAVIS–It’s like Super Science Day! Six rolled into one. UC Davis’s fourth annual Biodiversity Museum Day, to take place Sunday, Feb. 8 from 12 noon to 4 p.m., will feature an open house at six museums: Bohart Museum of Entomology, Center for Plant Diversity, the Botanical Conservatory, the Paleontology Collection, the [...]

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Keeping Your Backyard Poultry Healthy

You may have heard that the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic (HPAI) H5N8 avian influenzain a commercial turkey flock in Stanislaus County, California. Avian influenza — commonly called “bird flu” — is a disease found in a wide variety of [...]

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Caring fr your Holiday Poinsettia

Poinsettias are the traditional Christmas plant, and with the introduction of long-lasting cultivars during the past several years, its popularity has increased. Here are some tips on choosing and caring for your Poinsettia. Selecting your Poinsettia: The plant you choose should have dark green foliage. Fallen or damaged leaves indicate poor handling or fertilization, lack [...]

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Avoid Pruning Apricots and Cherries in Cool Season

Author: Chuck Ingels, UCCE Sacramento Farm Advisor Most people think about pruning fruit trees during the winter since the branch structure is most visible and winter is considered the traditional time to prune deciduous trees. Actually, pruning fruit trees mainly during the growing season is a good practice and with some species such as apricots [...]

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Wanted: Monarch butterflies, last seen heading south

ROSSER, Wash.—Researchers at Washington State University are calling upon the public throughout the western U.S. to report sightings of tagged monarch butterflies that are making their way from Washington State to as far south as Mexico. WSU entomologist David James has released close to 1,500 butterflies so far with plans to release up to 1,000 [...]

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Mushrooms and Other Nuisance Fungi in Lawns

Mushrooms, sometimes called toadstools, are the visible reproductive (fruiting) structures of some types of fungi. Although the umbrella-shaped fruiting body is the most common and well known, mushrooms display a great variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Some other fruiting bodies encountered in lawns include puffballs, stinkhorns, and bird’s nests, descriptive names that reveal the [...]

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Proper winter season tree care during a drought

California’s drought is having a visible impact on lawns throughout the state as homeowners reduce their outdoor watering. Lawns can be brought back to life relatively quickly, but once a tree dies, its loss is irreversible. As the amount of sunlight falling on trees is reduced with the change in the seasons, trees go into [...]

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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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