by Cynthia Kerson
As usual we toured two gardens. First, we enjoyed a lovely garden setting in northeast Napa. In driving up to the house the owner showed us a stand of conifers recalling the years the property was a Christmas tree farm. One MG recalled the annual fights with her brother over which tree they would take home. It also retains some trees from the 2017 fire, showing just how close that fire came to their home.
Thinking it would be hard to beat, off we went to the next garden. Once crossing a bridge off Silverado Trail and heading west, we land at the next property. The owners built their ecologically-sound home only a few years ago, installed a natural pool and surrounded it with water-loving plants, such as taro, iris, and Bacopa monnier ground cover. The pond was stocked with fish, including shubunkin to help with cleaning. Unfortunately, because the property butts up to a creek, the fish have also been enjoyed by the local river otter.
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Photo credits: Cynthia Kerson
Our fourth and final report for the 2022 season is of a small family vineyard in west Napa and a lovely garden in a well-established Napa subdivision.
UC ANR-The California backyardhttps://homeorchard.ucanr.edu/Fruits_&_Nuts/
UC IPM-Aquatic pest controlhttp://ipm.ucanr.edu/IPMPROJECT/ADS/manual_aquaticpestcontrol.html
UC ANR-Recreational ponds and lakes ppthttps://ucanr.edu/sites/Mariposa/files/103180.pdf
UC ANR.EDU-repository-Weed Control in Irrigation and ornamental Ponds https://ucanr.edu/repository/fileaccess.cfm?article=161360&p=PVEIMA