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UCCE Master Gardeners of Tuolumne County

UCCE Master Gardeners of Tuolumne County

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 August

  • Continue mulching to conserve soil moisture and control weeds.
  • Keep harvesting vegetables for continued production.
  • Do the final pruning of summer for fruit bushes.
  • Prune apricots to avoid Eutypa fundus.  Remove about 20% of this year's growth.
  • To prevent the spread of brown rot, clean up debris around fruit trees and pick up dropped fruit.
  • Control salt build-up on indoor plants; hose off the leaves and flush the soil with ample water.
  • Attach bands of corrugated cardboard around apple tree trunks to trap codling moth larvae.
  • Check dates of Master Gardener classes.

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Calendar of Events

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Top-Bar Beekeeping Advocate Les Crowder to Speak at WAS Conference at UC Davis
Posted 8/17/2017 - Are top-bar beekeeping hives for you? What are their advantages and disadvantages as compared to the traditional Langstroth hives? You'll learn all about top-bar hives when Les Crowder of Austin, Texas, discusses "Major Considerations in Top Bar Hive Management" at the Western Apicultural Society's 40th annual conference, set Sept. 5-8 at the University of California, Davis. Crowder will speak at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 7 in the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC). Registration is still...

A Fly, Oh, My!
Posted 8/16/2017 - A fly, oh, my! On the approval scale, they don't rank nearly as high as honey bees, but some are often mistaken for them. Take the Eristalis stipator, which belongs to the family Syrphidae, the hover flies. It's about the same size as a honey bee and it's a pollinator. We recently spotted this one--a female Eristalis stipator, as identified by senior insect biosystematist Martin Hauser of the California Department of Food and Agriculture--nectaring on tropical milkweed, Asclepias...

Gene Brandi, Speaker at WAS Conference: Managing Honey Bees in California
Posted 8/15/2017 - Varroa mites--considered the No. 1 enemy of beekeepers--will be among the topics discussed when Gene Brandi of Los Banos, Calif., president of the American Beekeeping Federation, speaks at the 40th annual conference of the Western Apicultural Society, to be held Sept. 5-8 at the University of California, Davis. Brandi will deliver his presentation on "Beekeeping in California: An Overview of Colony Management," covering the seasonal management of bees and their population cycle, at 10:30 a.m.,...

Getting Steak and Dessert at the Same Time
Posted 8/14/2017 - Monarch butterflies aren't the only insects that hang around milkweed, their host plant. You're likely to see a variety of predators, such as the European paper wasp, Polistes dominula. This paper wasp is a little skittish around paparazzi so it helps to use a long macro lens, like a 105mm or a 200mm,  that will allow you to get eye to eye, or nose to antennae. It's a meat eater, and a voracious one at that. We've seen it shred caterpillars and attack newly emerged butterflies. Unlike...

'Bee Man' Norm Gary Featured at WAS Conference at UC Davis
Posted 8/11/2017 - Honey bees intrigue, delight and fascinate Norman Gary. In fact, they have for 70 years. Seven decades. Yes, that's how long he's kept bees. Norm Gary's 70-year career includes both hobby and commercial beekeeping, but you probably know him by his other credentials: 32 years as an entomology professor teaching apiculture at UC Davis More than 40 years as a bee research scientist with more than 100 publications Author of the 174-page popular book, Honey Bee Hobbyist: The Care and Keeping...

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