Sunday, February 28, 2021

50 Shades of Graywater

I have done a little research on graywater and like the movie; there are many shades of gray we are not familiar with. I...

Celebrating Great Garden Literature

Submitted by Peggy Townzen The American Horticulture Society honors outstanding garden-related books published in North America through its annual Book Award Program. A distinguished committee...

Splitting Citrus Fruit Questions

“My 60 - 80 year old orange tree has, for the three years we have lived here, regularly produced abundant crops of many hundreds...

Master Gardener’s Corner: Growing Tomatoes

Tomatoes are among the most popular vegetables grown in home gardens. For best results, choose tomato varieties that have been developed for disease resistance....

Master Gardener’s Corner: Turn off your lawn and garden sprinklers

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,...

Pride of Madeira – echium candicans

Outside my patio door I check to see if the blooms have exploded yet – they are most majestic things appearing at the top...

Colusa County Master Gardener’s: Pollinators – Bees

Nearly all ecosystems on earth depend on pollination of flowering plants for their existence and survival. When most people look at a flower, they...

MASTER GARDENER’S CORNER: Dog Days of Summer

By Gerry Hernandez It’s the dog days of summer. The days are long and hot. How is your garden doing in the heat? There are...

Falling Leaves = Early Arrival of Fall?

Gerry Hernandez | ghernandez@ucanr.edu The leaves are falling; The leaves are falling! Have you noticed the leaves falling from your trees? Why are they doing that? Is...

Master Gardener’s Corner: How to manage water in your California Landscape

Submitted by: Gerry Hernandez   |   glhernandez@ucanr.edu Did you know that you can save water in your landscape and actually improve its appearance? Most of...

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?...

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...

Master Gardener’s Corner: Food Safety in your Home Vegetable Garden

From garden to kitchen, there are many chances for bacteria, viruses, and parasites to contaminate produce. Water, tools, animals, and manure-contaminated soil may spread...

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 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...

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...

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...

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: 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 – 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...

Master Gardeners: Having Tomato Problems?

You may experience disappointing results when growing tomatoes because the plants and fruit are susceptible to sever common disorders, as well as attack by...

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: 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: 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...

Colusa County Master Gardener’s: Grow your own Potatoes

As a home gardener you may want to grow potatoes in a bucket or grow bag instead of the ground. The reason is 1)...

Master Gardener’s Corner: Plan your Summer Garden

It’s time to start planning your summer vegetable garden. Be sure the area where you intend to plant your seedlings gets enough sun. Six to...

Master Gardener’s Corner Garden pest: 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 and...

Master Gardener’s Corner: Mushrooms in lawns

Wet soil and warm temperatures lead to mushrooms in your garden. Mushrooms, sometimes called toadstools, are the visible reproductive structures of some types of fungi....

Master Gardeners Corner: Unusual herbs

Fresh herbs add depth of flavor to food. We’re all familiar with parsley, sage, rosemary and dill. But there are many less-common herbs you...

Fall is for planting

Gerry Hernandez | Colusa County Master Gardener Many people have asked the UCCE Master Gardeners of Colusa County, “What water-wise plants can I grow in my...

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