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Don’t Step on It: Invasion of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

By Laura Lukes, UC Butte County Master Gardener, January 19, 2018 Be on the lookout for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), says Emily Symmes, the newly-appointed Butte County Director for UC Cooperative Extension.  Symmes, who earned her PhD in entomology at UC Davis, also covers five Northern California counties as Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Advisor.  In a recent talk given to the Butte County Master Gardeners on the topic of emerging arthropod pests, Symmes provided a great deal of useful information on the BMSB (halyomorpha halys) and stressed the importance of educating community members so they can recognize and prevent the spread of this voracious pest. There are...

Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 5:00 AM
Focus Area Tags: Pest Management

What the Land Told Them: Permaculture in Practice, Part Two

Citrus Guild, Earthshed Solutions

By Laura Lukes, UC Butte County Master Gardener, and Stephanie Ladwig-Cooper and Anne Ainsworth, Earthshed Solutions, January 5, 2018. We begin where we left off in Part One: listening to the land. Earthshed Solutions board members Robert Henry and Anne Ainsworth spent three seasons in thorough observation of their private property, recording on a base map what the land told them. A recent presentation about their experiences (summarized here and in Part One) provided insight into how a virtually bare quarter-acre piece of their land (the Target Area) just southwest of their home site is being transformed into a permaculture garden.         ...

Posted on Friday, January 5, 2018 at 5:00 AM
Focus Area Tags: Yard & Garden

What the Land Tells You: Permaculture in Practice, Part One

Base Map, Earthshed Solutions

By Laura Lukes, UC Butte County Master Gardener, December 22, 2017.  On a piece of land near Oroville, the educators from Earthshed Solutions are walking their talk. Utilizing permaculture principles, they are designing “regenerative systems for food production, soil fertility, energy efficiency, and water conservation,” and for human and wildlife habitation. The word ‘Earthshed,' was created by the founding board of directors of this non-profit educational organization.  The term refers to “the transitional moment in time when humans embrace their responsibility as stewards of Earth's resources and work together to create a more resilient...

Posted on Friday, December 22, 2017 at 5:00 AM

Seeds: The Greatest Show on Earth

Milkweed seeds, Laura Lukes

By Laura Lukes, UC Butte County Master Gardener, December 8, 2017. They are capable of amazing acrobatics, from floating to hitchhiking to auguring. They are enchanting, magical, and mysterious. Exhibiting a variety of sizes, shapes, colors, textures, and scents, they can be densely nutritious or fatally poisonous. Some are the size of a child's head; others are microscopic. Some can live in a dormant state for thousands of years. They are opportunistic; they are ingenious. They can be breathtakingly beautiful, or quite plain. They are nature's disposable, single-use containers. They are seeds, the vehicle by which most of our planet's plants reproduce. And they are among Jennifer...

Posted on Friday, December 8, 2017 at 8:27 PM

Native Shrubs that Thrive beside Chico’s Lindo Channel

California Wild Rose, Wikicommons

By Jeff Oster, UC Butte County Master Gardener, November 10, 2017. Note:  This is the third in a three-part series on native plants that have proven successful on the author's property along the Lindo Channel in Chico.  The previous articles discussed large trees, small trees and large shrubs. California Wild Rose, Silver Lupine, and California Fuchsia are all smaller shrubs that provide flower color and foliage interest while also offering food and habitat for wildlife in our area. California Wild Rose (Rosa californica) is native throughout California, except for the high Cascade Range and the high Sierra Nevada. It is a deciduous, thicket-forming shrub growing four to eight...

Posted on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 5:00 AM

Native Plants that Thrive in Chico: Large Shrubs and Small Trees

Western Redbud

By Jeff Oster, UC Butte County Master Gardener, October 25, 2017. Note:  This is the second in a three-part series on native plants that have proven successful on the author's property along the Lindo Channel in Chico.  The previous article discussed large trees; the final article in the series will cover smaller shrubs.  Western Redbud, California Buckeye, Toyon, and California Flannelbush are all plants in this category that attract pollinators, provide interest over several seasons of the year, and can be grown in a number of different gardening environments. They are especially effective planted in groups for repetition of form, and can create informal hedges or provide...

Posted on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 12:00 PM

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