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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

Deer in the Garden

Daylilly protected by wire cylinder

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 Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 3:06 PM

Know Your Wasps

Mud Dauber nest

Many people become panicked and reach for insecticidal sprays at the mere glimpse of a black and yellow striped insect without realizing that it may in fact not be a stinging wasp, but rather a harmless syrphid fly, a native bee, some other...

Posted on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 9:40 AM

Pest or Problem Solver?

Aristida winter

  Aggressive—the word has negative connotations, both in everyday life and in the gardening world. But aggressive, along with self-seeder, are words I now look for in plant descriptions. It says to me that they might be tough enough to...

Posted on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 10:52 AM

Nefarious Nepatalactone


If you have cats (and you like them) chances are you've tried giving them a sniff of catnip to see what happens. Of my last two cats, only one seemed to notice. Many cats don't respond at all to catnip's fragrance. But that's probably fine with the...

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 9:12 AM

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