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Meet Big Red, the Flameskimmer

A red flameskimmer, Libellula saturata, perches on a bamboo stake. Note the nesting earwigs and bees in the split stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Big Red visited us for four consecutive days. The red flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata, zigged and zagged into...

Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 5:27 PM

VMS Reappointment Process Begins June 1

It's reappointment time for the UC Master Gardener Program! Before the reappointment process begins we would like to say thank you. Our dedicated volunteers are the heart of the UC Master Gardener Program and we couldn't make such an incredible impact in our communities without you.

We hope you consider joining us as a volunteer again this upcoming program year. If the answer is yes, just follow the simple steps to reappointment below. Reappointment starts June 1 and is completed in the Volunteer Management System (VMS). Questions about reappointment? Contact your Program Coordinator, Advisor or County Director. 

Step One: Select “Complete Agreement Now” in VMS

  • Log into VMS, vms.ucanr.edu
  • Select “Complete Agreement Now” from prompt box at top of VMS home screen

Step Two: Complete all three sections to fulfill county requirements for participation

Step Three: Verify Date Completed Displays and Print a Copy for your Records  

Quick Tips and FAQ's:

Who must complete the reappointment process? 
The Appointment process is mandatory for all UCCE Master Gardeners / Master Food Preservers, including:

  • Active
  • Limited Active
  • First-Year
  • Gold Badge
  • Platinum Badge

How many hours do I need to volunteer for reappointment? 
The minimum hours required to remain a certified UCCE Master Gardener / UCCE Master Food Preserver are:

  • 25 hours - Volunteer
  • 12 hours - Continuing education

Note: First year UCCE Master Gardeners / UCCE Master Food Preservers are required to complete a minimum of 50 volunteer hours (no continuing education requirement) before the next certification cycle.

What is the date range for calculating hours for reappointment? 
The program year is July 1-June 30th. Hours currently being reported during the reappointment period are from July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017. 

Where do I send my payment?
That statewide office does not collect fees or payment directly from volunteers for reappintment.  Please check with your county coordinator, director or advisor about fees and where and how to submit payment.


Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 8:28 AM

She'll Speak on The World's Most Dangerous Animal

This is the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegptyi, which transmits dengue, Zika and other diseases. (CDC Photo)

The world's most dangerous animal isn't the shark, wolf, lion, elephant, hippo, crocodile, tsetse fly, tapeworm, assassin...

Posted on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 4:37 PM

Please Identify this Backyard Allium (Onion or Leek or ?)

Help for the Home Gardener from the Help Desk of the
UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County

Client:  I need help identifying the alliums in my backyard garden. These alliums have been growing in the backyard for 20+ years on their own. I always thought they were leeks but after pulling one out the other day to examine it, I'm not sure what it is anymore. It smells like an onion but it doesn't have all of the layers. Thank you for your help!

Three Cornered Leek
Three Cornered Leek
MGCC Help Desk Response:  Thank you for contacting the UC Master Gardener Program Help Desk with your descriptions and photos of alliums found in your yard. Unfortunately, I can't make a positive identification from just the photos, but I believe what you have might be Allium triquetum, also known as Three-Cornered-Leeks. 

The description of A. triquetum is: 

•  leaves are mid-green with a rib running up one side that makes them more rigid;
•  spherical white bulbs that reproduce vegetatively by dividing;
•  white flowers atop a triangular stem in April and May;
•  the whole plant dies back after blooming and setting seed 

You can compare the group of photos (right) of Allium triquetum to compare to yours.

However, what is a little confusing is that there are no flowers evident in your photos, and this makes me question the identification. If you could bring us a sample of your plants, we would be able to do a more positive identification. Or you could send us photos of the flowers and confirmation that your plants die back after flowering.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Help Desk of the Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County (SEH)

Note:  The  UC Master Gardeners Program of Contra Costa's Help Desk is available year-round to answer your gardening questions.  Except for a few holidays, we're open every week, Monday through Thursday for walk-ins from 9:00 am to Noon at 75 Santa Barbara Road, 2d Floor, Pleasant Hill, CA  94523. We can also be reached via telephone:  (925) 646-6586, email: ccmg@ucanr.edu, or on the web at http://ccmg.ucanr.edu/Ask_Us/ MGCC Blogs can be found at http://ccmg.ucanr.edu/HortCoCo/ You can also subscribe to the Blog  (http://ucanr.edu/blogs/CCMGBlog/). 

Posted on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 12:20 AM

Have You Seen Me? Can You Identify Me?

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Have you seen me? Can you identify me? No, you're a skipper, but which one are you? The colorful brown skipper butterfly...

Posted on Friday, May 19, 2017 at 5:58 PM

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