UCCE Master Gardeners of Tuolumne County
POSITION VACANCIES ANNOUNCEMENT
University of California Cooperative Extension Central Sierra
Area Nutrition, Family and Consumer Sciences Advisor
Serving Calaveras, Tuolumne, Amador and El Dorado counties
4-H Program Representative I
Serving Calaveras and Tuolumne counties
Gardening Tips for July
- Watering and pest control are top of the "To Do" list.
- Water after midnight and before 10am to reduce the chance of fungal infection and to conserve moisture.
- Pinch off the top pair of leaves on all chrysanthemum shoots longer than 5" to keep plants bushy and produce more flowers.
- Cut spent berry canes to the ground; tie up and fertilize new canes.
- Cut canna stems to the ground as they finish flowering; new stems will continue to appear.
- Prune fruit bushes again.
- Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage continued production.
- Dig and divide over-crowded irises and bulbs when the foliage dies off.
- Remove spent flowers of daylilies, roses, and other bloomers a they finish flowering.
- Fertilize roses.
- Cut back lavender after flowering to promote a second bloom.
- Trim faded crape myrtle flowers for more fall bloom.
- Pick up dropped fruit to prevent brown rot. Clean around trees.
- Pick caterpillars off vegetables and flowers. Spray with Bt if needed.
- Spray off aphids with water or use insecticidal soap.
- Pull weeds when they first appear.
- Check dates of Master Gardener classes.
Have a Gardening Question?
Contact the Master Gardener Hotline: 209-533-5912 or fill out the "Ask a Master Gardener" online form.
Become a fan of UCCE Tuolumne County Master Gardeners' Facebook page by clicking here.
Have a turf lawn in the summer-dry foothills? Go to http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/TOOLS/TURF/ to learn how to test your sprinkler output.
Show Me the Honey: From Your Bees!
Posted 7/26/2017 - Imagine watching your honey bees gathering nectar from star thistle--which some beekeepers claim makes the best honey. (Yes, Centaurea solstitialis is an invasive weed. The love-hate relationship runs deep; farmers and environmentalists hate it; beekeepers love it.) Then imagine you picking up one of the top prizes in the country for having the best honeycomb--made from star thistle honey. That's what happened when Miss Bee Haven Honey of Brentwood, Calif., entered its honey in the...
Celebrating National Moth Night at the Bohart Museum of Entomology
Posted 7/25/2017 - The first moth to arrive was the alfalfa looper moth, Trichopusia ni. But the most striking: the grape leaffolder, Desmia funeralis. More than 15 species landed on the blacklighting display at the Bohart Museum of Entomology's Moth Night open house on Saturday, July 22. Bohart Museum associate Greg Kareofelas and senior museum scientist Steve Heydon set up the blacklighting display: a white sheet and a mercury vapor lighting to attract moths and other flying insects. Kareofelas has...
UC Davis Is Place to 'Bee' Sept. 5-8 for the Western Apicultural Society Conference
Posted 7/24/2017 - UC Davis is the place to "bee" on Sept. 5-8 for the Western Apicultural Society's 40th annual conference, but you'll want to register by Monday, July 31 to get the pre-registration discount. Eric Mussen of UC Davis, who is serving his sixth term as president of the Western Apicultural Society (WAS), says those registering early will save $50. “There will still be an opportunity to register after July 31 but you won't get the ‘early bee' special,” he said. The early...
Moths, Microscopes and Insect Scientists: They All Go Together at Bohart Museum Open House
Posted 7/21/2017 - Moths, a magnificent microscope (scanning electron microscope) and friendly scientists--what could be better than that? How about free hot chocolate, herbal tea and cookies? The Bohart Museum of Entomology open house on Saturday night, July 22, promises to be a fun and educational event. It's free and open to the public. The open house, celebrating National Moth Week, will take place from 8 to 11 p.m. in Room 1124 of the Academic Surge Building, and also outside, where two blacklight traps...
Not a Good Way to Welcome an Admiral
Posted 7/20/2017 - It was not a good way to welcome an admiral. The Red Admiral butterfly, that is. The Vanessa atalanta fluttered into our pollinator garden on Sunday, July 16 in Vacaville, Calif., and touched down on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). The warmth of the sun, the rich nectar, a soft breeze, and all was well. For a little while. Several territorial male long-horned bees spied the stranger and pulled out the welcome mat. In a frenzy, they began dive-bombing the colorful black and red...