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POSITION VACANCIES ANNOUNCEMENT
University of California Cooperative Extension Central Sierra
Gardening Tips for September
- Compost disease-free annuals and vegetable crops that have finished producing.
- Cultivate and add compost to the soil for fall and winter vegetables and annuals.
- Dig, divide, and replant overgrown perennials as they finish blooming.
- Weed and amend beds before replanting.
- If not purchased pre-chilled, put tuilip, narcissus, and hyacinth bulbs in the refrigerator for 6 weeks prior to planting.
- Sow native bunch grass seed on bare slopes to prevent erosion.
- Mulch cane berries.
- Consider extending vegetable season with floating row cover, mulch, or plastic domes. (Gallon milk containers with the bottom removed work well.)
- Check dates of Master Gardener classes.
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Coping with Drought
Calendar of Events
How to Attract Pollinators to Your Garden
Posted 9/22/2017 - It's a great topic. Horticulture experts at the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden will join forces with the Yolo County Master Gardeners on Sunday, Sept. 24 to present a free workshop on "Pollinator Gardening." The event takes place from 10 a.m. to noon in the Arboretum Teaching Nursery on Garrod Drive, UC Davis campus. They'll tell you how to enrich your environment with bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators. Why attend? They offer these points on their UC Davis...
Pardon Me, Is This My Best Side?
Posted 9/21/2017 - She's easy to find. A European praying mantis, Mantis religiosa, hangs out in our passionflower vine, Passiflora, the host plant of the Gulf Fritillary butterfly. Mantis religiosa is an introduced species, that is, non-native. We introduce ourselves. She stares at the photographer, and the photographer stares back. There's an old saying "Take a picture; it'll last longer" and I do. She appears ready for her portrait. She's already eaten her fill of butterflies and the sun...
Bee-ing All You Can Be and See and Do
Posted 9/20/2017 - What a weekend for bee and gardening enthusiasts! It's a shame we all can't clone ourselves and be in two places at the same time! The 40th annual Western Apicultural Society conference at the University of California, Davis, just concluded and now several more items appear on the University of California calendar. California Center for Urban Horticulture's 'Bee-ing a Better Bee Gardener' The California Center for Urban Horticulture, UC Davis, and the UC Davis Department of Entomology and...
Bohart Museum Open House: How to Pin a Butterfly
Posted 9/19/2017 - When the UC Davis Bohart Museum of Entomology hosts an open house, "Insects and U" on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 24, for the public to get acquainted with insects, it will also be a time to get acquainted with entomologist Jeff Smith, curator of the butterfly and moth collection. Smith will show attendees how to pin butterflies during the three-hour open house. The event, free and open to the public, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. in Room 1124 of the Academic Surge Building, Crocker Lane. "This...
The Day That The Beetles Invaded the Bohart
Posted 9/18/2017 - Just call it "The Day that the Beetles Invaded the Bohart." That would be the recent open house at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, University of California, Davis, on "Bark Beetles and Forest Health," coordinated by USDA Forest Service research entomologist/UC Davis affiliate Steve Seybold and his graduate and undergraduate students. It was definitely a beetle invasion. You couldn't see the Bohart for the trees! "It was a mixed conifer forest right out of the central Sierra Nevada,”...