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Deer in the Garden

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For years I thought of garden pests as various insects and small animals but larger animals like deer can do quite a lot of damage to the gardens in our area near the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The  University of California Agriculture & Natural...

Posted on Monday, October 16, 2017 at 7:33 AM

A Low-Cost Crevice Tool

A Low-Cost way to Remove Weeds in Crevices

Do you have problem weeds between patio slabs, or growing in cracks?   A good tool for removing weeds from tight spaces may be one you already own. A long handled flathead screwdriver works well to dig in between tight joints.   ...

Posted on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 12:26 PM

Two Flavorful Books


Page, Karen and Dornenburg, Andrew. The Flavor Bible. Little, Brown and Co., 2008. Sercarz, Lior Lev. The Spice Companion: A Guide to the World of Spices. Clarkson Potter, 2016. One of the best things* about working in Cooperative Extension is that...

Posted on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 9:47 AM

Sunrise Abundant Harvest


  Set in the middle of an elder community in Bishop, the Sunrise Garden has flourished for seven years providing information to Inyo-Mono Counties Master Gardeners and delectable bounty for its residents. So far this season, the six varieties of...

Posted on Friday, September 8, 2017 at 1:23 PM

The Challenges of Gardening on a Mesa.

I'm by no means a gardening expert. I did somehow succeed in becoming a Master Gardener for the University of California Cooperative Extension here in Inyo/Mono counties, but I have so much more to learn. I still struggle with plant identification...

Posted on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 12:25 PM

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