Saturday, April 17, 2021

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Gardener’s Corner: Back to Nature

To nurture something is to ‘take care of, feed and protect something, especially young children or plants and help it to develop’. As gardeners,...

Gardener’s Corner: Camellia Petal Blight

Camellia petal blight affects all cultivars of Camellia japonica. Camellia sasanqua is infected less often in California. Identification Infection by the Ciborinia camelliae fungus initially causes...

Gardener’s Corner: Catchweed Bedstraw

Such a silly name for a bad, bad weed. This weed seemed to appear overnight in 2010. It is invasive! It is showing up in your...

Gardener’s Corner: Does your lawn need water?

Adjust your sprinklers (or turn them off) for the changing weather. Let the rain do the work! Don’t pay for what you don’t need. Recently,...

Gardeners Corner: Do your transplants die?

It’s almost time to start planting your transplants. There are several reasons your transplants die soon after planting. The hole is too small. The answer is...

Gardeners Corner: Inspect your landscape trees for hazards

Our beloved trees have had a hard 2 years. Between the drought and not watering our lawns, the trees have taken a beating. Now...

Gardeners Corner: Pruning hybrid tea roses

Hybrid tea and grandiflora roses usually get extensive pruning in late winter such as January. Pruning tends to produce larger blooms on longer, stronger stems....

Gardeners Corner: Mistletoe

Mistletoe is supposed to bring mystical powers which bring good luck. It has also been associated with love and friendship. But trees that have...

Gardeners Corner: Preparing for a Frost

Before a frost Identify cold spots in the landscape by monitoring with thermometers Identify plants at risk: citrus, succulents, and tender perennials, tropical and subtropical plants. Have...

Garden Corner: Stink Bugs

Stink bugs are a nuisance but the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is more than a nuisance. In 2013, large populations were found in Sacramento...

Garden Corner: Ordering online plants and seeds

Earlier this year many people across the United States receive unsolicited packages of seeds from China. You may ask “what is the harm”? California...

Gardening Corner: Popular Pandemic Pest Notes

Pest Notes are UC IPM publications written for people who want information about pests in homes, office buildings, schools, gardens, urban landscapes, and more....

Garden Corner: Winter Vegetable Gardening

Have you ever planted a winter vegetable garden? When do you start a winter garden? Why would I have a winter garden? It’s September! Why...

Garden Corner: Milkweed and Monarch Butterflies

Milkweed is a drought-tolerant and deer-resistant perennial plant named for its milky latex sap. It is a great host plant for many beneficial insects...

Garden Corner: Using mulch in the landscape

Anything used to cover the surface of the soil is called mulch. It may be inorganic, like rock or chipped rubber; it may be...

Gardening Corner: Rosemary

Rosemary officinalis, maybe not the most exciting plant on the planet, but maybe one of the most useful and versatile out there.  Water is...

Gardening Corner: Mosquitoes

At last count, 53 species of mosquitoes exist in California (compare that to about 3,500 worldwide). In addition to the itchy bites, they are...

Gardening corner: Hummingbirds

Attracting hummingbirds to your garden is as easy as either planting certain flowers and/or putting up a hummingbird feeder. The diet of hummingbirds requires...

Gardening corner: Field Bindweed

Field bindweed, Convolvulus arvensis, was first documented in California in 1884. By the first quarter of the twentieth century, field bindweed was proclaimed the...

Gardening corner: Grasshoppers

Leafhoppers feed on many different fruit, vegetable, flower, and woody ornamental hosts. Most species of leafhoppers feed on only one or several closely related...

Gardening Corner – Hairy Fleabane

Hairy fleabane, a common summer annual or biennial broadleaf weed. Mature plant The mature plant can reach almost 4 feet (1.2 m) tall. It is well...

Yellowjackets

Yellowjacket wasps prey on other insects and scavenge on human food and garbage. First, do you have yellowjackets? They are ½ to 1-inch-long with jagged bright...

Gardening corner: Aphids

Almost every plant has one or more aphid species that occasionally feed on it. Although aphids can curl leaves and produce stick honeydew, they...

Gardening corner: Tomato disease and insect problems

Blossom End Rot usually occurs in the spring. It is caused by a calcium deficiency but it does not mean calcium is deficient in...

Gardening Corner: Growing Tomatoes Part 2

Tomatoes thrive with water, especially in the early days. Make sure to give them enough that the water soaks deep into the soil. This...

Gardening Corner: Heirloom tomatoes

Heirloom tomatoes are open-pollinated varieties which were either introduced commercially before 1940, or grown from seeds that have been passed down at least 50...

Gardening Corner: What is IPM?

Integrated pest management (IPM) involves the use of environmentally sound yet effective practices to keep pests from invading or damaging your home, garden, or...

Master Gardener’s Corner Peach Leaf Curl

In the spring did your peach or nectarine trees look like someone threw hot oil on it and the leaves blistered? You have peach...

Master Gardener’s Corner: Inspect your Landscape Trees for hazards

Even if you watered your trees throughout the summer, our trees have suffered for a few years. This can cause our trees some problems. November...

Gardening Corner: Hairy Fleabane

Hairy fleabane, a common summer annual or biennial broadleaf weed. Mature plant The mature plant can reach almost 4 feet (1.2 m) tall. It is well...

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