Sunday, February 28, 2021

MASTER GARDENER’S CORNER: Become a UC Master Gardener of Colusa County

Ever thought about becoming a Master Gardener? Do you know who the Master Gardeners are and what they do? Do you love to garden?...

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...

Coffee grounds for your garden

Many of us have heard that coffee grounds are good for plants.  People recommend adding used coffee grounds to the garden, either directly or...

Colusa County Master Gardener’s: Gophers

Gophers are small burrowing rodents that feed on roots of many plants all while damaging irrigation lines and sprinkler systems. A single gopher can...

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...

MASTER GARDENER’S 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: The leaves are falling; The leaves are falling!

Gerry Hernandez | Colusa County Master Gardeners Have you noticed the leaves falling from your trees? Why are they doing that? Is this an indication of...

Master Gardener’s Corner: Winter Gardening…What?

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

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...

Preparing for a frost

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

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...

Be Water Wise with drip irrigation

Drip irrigation can significantly reduce water waste and be used successfully in any part of your landscape not planted with a lawn or groundcover....

Master Gardener’s Corner: Preparing for a frost

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

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...

Master Gardener Column – Weeds in your Landscape

Weeds in your Landscape It’s that time of the year. It’s been rainy and warm so the weeds are sprouting! I don’t know about you...

Master 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: 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,...

Master Gardeners: Ground Squirrels

We have had many complaints about ground squirrels this year. Here are a few tips. Identification It is easy to identify ground squirrels, since they forage...

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...

Master Gardener’s Corner: Catchweed Bedstraw

This weed seemed to appear overnight in 2010. It is invasive! Catchweed bedstraw is a summer annual broadleaf plant that is starting to show in...

Master Gardeners Corner: Bagged soils

What is the difference between potting soil, garden soil, and other bagged soils? Please be aware that not all packaged soils are the same....

Master Gardener’s Corner: Tree-of-Heaven

Tree-of-heaven is an invasive weed. A tree of heaven it is not! It was initially valued as an urban street tree and was widely...

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: 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...

Colusa County Master Gardener’s: Tree Selection

It’s that time of the year, tree planting time. Fall/winter is the best time to plant because the roots have more time to develop...

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...

Master Gardeners: Safe Handling of Fruits and Vegetables

Memorial day weekend is coming soon. Here are some safety tips for fresh produce. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables is healthy, but care...

Colusa County Master Gardener’s – Snails and Slugs

Snails and slugs rank among our most despised garden pests. These mollusks emerge from hiding at night and chew holes in most plants. Slugs...

Master Gardener’s Corner : Mistletoe

Mistletoe is a parasitic plant that absorbs both water and nutrients from a host tree. Healthy trees can tolerate a few mistletoe branch infections....

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...

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