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UCCE Master Gardeners of Tuolumne County

UCCE Master Gardeners of Tuolumne County

Gardening Tips for June

  • Thin apples when ½” diameter.
  • Mow general cleanup for fire protection..
  • Mulch garden beds to retain moisture and encourage deep roots by deep and infrequent watering.
  • Check sprinklers and drip systems for needed repairs and adjustments.
  • Water early in the day to conserve water and minimize plant disease.
  • Pinch back tips of chrysanthemums, fuchsias, marguerites.
  • Tie up vines and stake tall growing dahlias, gladiolas, and lilies.
  • For continued bloom, cut off spent flowers.
  • Hang strips of foil or CD’s in fruit trees to help deter birds.
  • First summer pruning for stone fruit.
  • Thin grapes.
  • Dig and divide crowded bulbs if the tops have died down.
  • Give your indoor plants a bath.
  • Place a 1” board under pots sitting on pavement to insulate them from radiated heat.
  • Thoroughly clean debris from ponds, fountains and bird baths.
  • Check dates of Master Gardener classes.

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Congratulations, Frank Zalom: Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Economic Entomology
Posted 6/22/2018 - Congratulations to integrated pest management specialist  Frank Zalom, distinguished professor of entomology at the University of California, Davis, on his selection as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Economic Entomology, the largest and most cited of the family of scientific journals published by the Entomological Society of the America (ESA). He succeeds John Trumble, distinguished professor of entomology at UC Riverside, who announced last year he would be leaving his 20-year...

It's National Pollinator Week: Do You Know Where Your Bee T-Shirts Are?
Posted 6/21/2018 - You've heard the phase, "wear your heart on your sleeve"--which means to show your emotions openly. How about wearing a pollinator on your heart? It's National Pollinator Week. The UC Davis Entomology Graduate Student Association (EGSA) offers a wealth of t-shirts as part of its year-around fundraising efforts. It's for a good cause. The EGSA, comprised of UC Davis graduate students who study insect systems, is an organization that "works to connect students from across disciplines, inform...

These European Paper Wasps Didn't Get the Memo
Posted 6/20/2018 - They didn't get the memo. A sign on a recycling bin near the Mann Laboratory at the University of California, Davis, clearly reads "Bottles and Cans Only." It says nothing about wasps. But there they were: European paper wasps (Polistes dominula) building a nest yesterday beneath the overhanging lid of a bright blue recycling bin meant for "Bottles and Cans Only." "They make open-faced nests under eaves all over the place," says Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology and...

National Pollinator Week: Visit the UC Davis Bee Garden
Posted 6/19/2018 - Let's celebrate National Pollinator Week. And what better time for the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology to host an open house than during National Pollinator Week? It's from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 23 at its bee garden, Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, located on Bee Biology Road, west of the central UC Davis campus. Here's what you can expect to see or do: learn how to catch and observe bees up close see honey bees at work in an observation beehive learn...

Love Makes the World--and the Bugs--Go 'Round
Posted 6/18/2018 - Consider the lovestruck praying mantis. If you've ever watched a mating pair of mantids and seen the male lose his head, or seen other insect mating rituals, then you ought to read entomologist Emily Bick's review of the play, An Entomologist's Love Story, which showing at the San Francisco Playhouse through June 23. And see the play. Emily Bick, a doctoral candidate in the Christian Nansen lab, University of California, Davis, recently attended a world premiere showing and penned a review...

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