Check out this message on the drought: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQgyCjFeXdg&feature=youtu.be
Join the University of California Cooperative Extension on May 8th for three statewide science projects in honor of the 100 year anniversary celebrating a day science and service. Participants of all ages are asked to make observations and collect data that will be entered into a simple survey on any one of the three topics: pollinators, water, and food. Visit http://100.ucanr.edu/Day_of_Science_and_Service/ to learn how you too, can be a scientist for a day.
- Looking to learn how you can save $$$ money with a few minor changes around your landscape?
- Not sure what plant varieties can be added to your landscape that will use less water?
- Irrigation troubles got you down?
Join us at one these exciting OC Garden Friendly events being held at a local Home Depot near you:
Did you know?
While landscape plants are quite thirsty during the long days and warm nights of summer; the shorter days and cooler nights of fall and winter call for an irrigation reduction of nearly 50% for most all plants.
Water not being used by the landscape planting, or draining properly through the soil, increases the potential for harmful diseases or fungus that may lead to the loss of the surrounding plant material.
So, before the wet weather hits....
If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to reprogram your irrigation controller to increase the days in between watering. However, during unusually hot or windy days an extra application of water may be required to prevent signs of water stress such as wilting. Likewise, if rain is in the forecast, turn off your automatic irrigation system.
Conserving landscape water use during the winter moneys and taking advantage of mother nature's gift of rain, not only will you have less plants to replace, just think of the potential savings on your water bill. I could use few extra dollars around the holidays. How about your?
Have a wonderful holiday season and may the New Year bring you glad tidings.
The South Coast Research and Extension Center opened it gates to invited guests, the California Rare Fruit Growers Association and the UCCE Master Gardeners on Friday, November 22, 2013. Attendees were treated to the annual persimmon taste testing to be held at the South Coast REC in Irvine.
Of the approximately (59) guests, 57 participated in a blind tasting and evaluation of the persimmon fruits grown at the Center. Evaluators were asked to rate the 11 varieties using a basic one to five scale based on attractiveness, astringency, sugar, flavor and overall performance.
Many positive comments were heard from participants who expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to sample the variety and learn more about persimmons. Thanks to everyone who helped to make this a successful event.