"I'm a huge believer in garden therapy right now," famed chef Alice Waters told FastCompany.com reporter Aimee Rawlins. To find out how to dig in, Rawlins turned to the director of the UC Master Gardener Program Missy Gable.
"Start modestly and in a way that you can manage it,” Gable said. “If you've never done this before, don't transform a quarter acre.”
She recommends beginning by assessing space you have available for gardening - whether in the backyard, front yard or the corner of a balcony.
A common springtime nuisance, whitefly populations have escalated this year in California Central Coast areas, reported Megan Healy on KSBY Channel 6 in San Luis Obispo.
People are mistaking them for clouds of pollen or ash; some leaves look like they're coated with a thin layer of new-fallen snow.
The reporter spoke to Cathryn Howarth, a UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardener in San Luis Obispo County. She said the office has received dozens of calls from residents wondering why the whiteflies are so...
UC Cooperative Extension in Stanislaus County is launching its first UC Master Gardener program to extend research-based gardening assistance and information to county residents, reported John Holland in the Modesto Bee.
“Our goal is to encourage healthy environments (and improve the appearance of our community) with sustainable landscaping and gardening, green waste reduction and water conservation,” said Roger Duncan, UCCE county director.
Gardening enthusiasts may apply for the first round of training until Sept. 28. Weekly...
Billed as Sacramento's "ultimate gardening event," the annual Harvest Day hosted by UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners attracted thousands to the program's demonstration garden in Fair Oaks last Saturday.
Visitors tried cherry tomatoes, heirloom melons and table grapes grown by Master Gardeners at the facility. Dave Wilson Nursery provided new pluot, plum, peach and nectarine varieties for sampling.
Saving water and growing food were major themes of the event, reported Debbie Arrington in the Sacramento Bee.
"There's a lot of concern about water,” said Judy...
The Merced College 'Student of the Month' for March is Andrew Codd, a full-time agriculture student and Navy veteran, reported the Merced Sun-Star. The 33-year-old father of three is completing training with the UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardener program. He plans to transfer to UC Davis to earn a bachelor's degree in sustainable agriculture and food systems.
Codd, who has a 4.0 GPA, participated in Merced College's horticulture laboratory work-study program, laboring primarily in the Agriculture Department's vegetable garden.