Did you know? All cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti?
This class will focus on the non-spiny succulent plants that can be grown in our area, especially those that use less water - and there are a lot to choose from! During class you'll learn the names of common succulent plants, their sun and water requirements, and how to care for them. Classes last approximately 90 minutes.
Stanislaus County Libraries – Gardening with Succulents Classes
Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. – Salida Library
Saturday, October 15, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. – Riverbank Library
Monday, October 10, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. – Ceres Library
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. – Oakdale Library
Monday, October 24, 2022 at 6:15 p.m. – Modesto Library
Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. – Turlock Library
Stanislaus County Agricultural Center, Harvest Hall, Gardening with Succulents Workshop
Space is limited, register now at https://ucanr.edu/succulent/workshop/2022
Turlock Community Gardens – Drip Irrigation
Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Want to know more about how drip irrigation works? Come learn from our Master Gardener who will give you an overview. Bring your questions!
Patterson Library – Composting Basics
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at 2:30 p.m.
If you missed our composting classes held at other libraries, you still have a chance to take this one! Learn the basics of composting, including the difference between “greens” and “browns,” what you can and can't compost, and simple tricks for being successful. Plus, one lucky person will take home a free compost bin!
*no need to register for Stanislaus County Library or Turlock Community Garden Classes. Just come. We look forward to meeting you!
- Author: Denise Godbout-Avant
My first step was to go to the University of California Agricultural and Natural Resources Integrated Pest Management Program (IPM) website to possibly determine what the manzanita plants had. IPM is a wonderful resource with a wide range of links with information on science-based home, garden, turf, and landscape pest management. http://ipm.ucanr.edu/
After doing some exploring on IPM I learned the plants probably had Manzanita leafgall aphid (Tamalia coweni). I knew of galls caused by tiny wasps existing on some trees such as oaks but learning that some aphids can cause galls was new and fascinating knowledge to me!
This website also includes links to the Stanislaus Sprout which is a weekly blog packed with information, upcoming classes and workshops, and gardening publications. https://ucanr.edu/sites/stancountymg/
Managing the Manzanita Pest
One IPM solution given was to avoid frequent irrigation or with excessive amounts of water. Once manzanita plants are well-established, they thrive with less frequent watering, so I was already not watering them often. Pruning was not recommended since it would stimulate new growth, which could attract more aphids, though I did remove leaves with the galls on them.
Take Advantage of These Resources
You do not have to be a Master Gardener to take advantage of the science-based resources I have discussed, the Integrated Pest Management website and the Stanislaus County Master Gardeners' Help Desk. They are available to all, not just to Master Gardeners. Like me, you can continue to learn new information that you can apply to your garden!
Resources and Information
- Aphids: http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7404.html
- Beneficial insects, including lady beetle larvae and paper wasps: http://ipm.ucanr.edu/QT/beneficialpredatorscard.html
- Beneficial insects: http://ipm.ucanr.edu/QT/beneficialinsectscard.html
- Oak Galls: (http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/GARDEN/PLANTS/INVERT/oakgallwps.html
Denise has been a Master Gardener since 2020. All photos taken by Denise Godbout-Avant unless otherwise noted./h3>
What are invasive species?
Invasive species are organisms that are not indigenous, or native, to a particular area. Not all non-native species are invasive. To be considered invasive, an introduced plant species must meet these criteria, established by the EPA:
- Has few germination requirements, enabling it to adapt to the new environment easily
- Grows rapidly
- A prolific seed producer with effective dispersal systems
- Free of natural enemies and diseases
- Harms the environment, property, the economy, or the native plants and animals of the region
Plant Invasion in California's Central Valley
Of the invasive species listed on the California Invasive Plant Council Inventory, about 37% were accidentally introduced to the state. The remaining 63%, however, were intentionally introduced for purposes such as landscape ornamentals, soil stabilization, animal forage, human food, fiber, or medicinal.
Role of Plant Nurseries
University of California Integrated Pest Management has a Pest Notes link on invasive plants (http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn74139.html) which lists the results of UC Master Gardener surveys of invasive plants for sale in California nurseries. Invasive plants rarely or no longer sold are listed.
What Can We Do?
Some ways you can help:
- Educate yourself regarding California's invasive horticultural plants, avoid planting them, and plant their alternatives for your garden.
- If an invasive plant already exists in your garden, at the very least, the plant should be kept in a vegetative state, so it does not reproduce. If you choose to remove these plants, it is important to make sure reproductive parts do not escape during the removal process.
- Do not to transport any reproductive parts such as fruit, seed, or root pieces by animal, human or vehicle to areas where plants have not been established. If you go camping or hiking in nature, clean your camping and hiking gear to ensure you are not accidentally spreading hitchhiking invasive species. If you bring a dog(s) along, clean their fur before leaving the park or wilderness area. Stay on designated trails and roads.
- Encourage local nurseries and garden centers not to sell invasive plants.
- Join removal efforts. Chances are you can find invasive species volunteer opportunities nearby. Check out your closest state or national park's website to see if they host invasive species walks—many organize half-day or day hikes where you learn to identify and help remove invasive plants.
Becoming a part of ongoing efforts to manage or eradicate the invasive non-native plant species in our state will help reduce their negative impacts on our natural resources. Planting native beauties in your garden is a simple way to help these plants survive and benefit the local fauna food webs.
- UC IPM - Invasive Plants: http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn74139.html
- Plant Right - PlantRight is a project that was developed and managed by Sustainable Conservation, a California-based environmental nonprofit, from 2005-2019. In 2019, the new home of PlantRight became Plant California Alliance, which was formed through the merger of the California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers, and the Nursery Growers Association. Includes a list of invasive plants in selected regions of CA and native substitutes: https://plantright.org/
- California Invasive Plant Council: https://www.cal-ipc.org/
- A list of plants not to put in your garden and alternatives: https://wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Plants/dont-plant-me
- PlayCleanGo provides ways for stopping the spread of invasive species: https://playcleango.org
Denise Godbout-Avant has been a UCCE Stanislaus County Master Gardener since 2020.
Now is the time to start thinking about which delicious vegetables you want to grow in your garden. Ted and Rho will go over all the possibilities with you in this class.
These vegetables don't mind the cold and can be planted from seed in February. They may grow slowly, but as weather warms they will grow more quickly. Lettuce, Swiss Chard, arugula, mustard greens, and other leafy greens do well. Radishes, beets, carrots, turnips, and happy during this time as well. However, by late spring/early summer, many of these plants can't take the heat and may “bolt,” sending up flower stalks that the bees enjoy.
You can plant these vegetables from seed or transplant in late March. They prefer warm weather and may “sulk” and grow very slowly if you plant them too early. These vegetables include melons, squash, winter squash, corn, tomatoes, and cucumbers.
Hope to “see” you there!
Where*: On Zoom. You will receive a link the morning of the class.
When: Tuesday, February 22, 2022 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Register at: http://ucanr.edu/spring/veg/2022
Instructors: Master Gardeners Rho Yare and Ted Hawkins
- Author: Anne E Schellman
If you have a gardening question about a plant with concerning symptoms, you can submit details and photos using our Ask a Master Gardener Survey. But what if we can't tell what's wrong from your photos? If this is the case, we may ask you to drop off a sample to our office.
We are located on the corner of Crow's Landing and Service Road, so before you make the trip, please watch this video featuring our Master Gardener Program Advisor, (as well as the Home Orchards and Vineyards Systems Advisor for Stanislaus County) Dr. Kari Arnold. She demonstrates how to take a sample that can help us best solve your problem.
Master Gardener Help Desk Hours
Our Master Gardener volunteers work the Help Desk on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Please feel free to call or stop by.
When Can I Drop Off a Sample?
You can drop off a sample anytime. Leave it with our front office staff. Make sure to fill out a client contact record with your information and details about the problem (unless you've already done so using our online survey).
When Will I Hear Back?
The sample will be reviewed and you'll receive a call or email (if you prefer) from a Master Gardener within 5 business days. When we call, you will see our number - (209) 525-6802. Emails will come from email@example.com
Feel free to call anytime and leave a message to request a call back about a gardening problem. We look forward to helping you!
UCCE Stanislaus County Master Gardeners
3800 Cornucopia Way Ste A
Modesto, CA 95358