- Author: Jackie Woods
- Editor: Noni Todd
Plants We Love
By Jackie Woods UCCE Master Gardener
Common name: Night Blooming Cactus, Golden Torch Cactus, Torch Cactus
Latin name: Echinopsis spaciana
Size of plant: 2 – 2 ¼ inches wide and as tall as 4 - 7 feet.
Bloom description and season: Large, plate-size, white...
- Author: Norman Smith
Wrong Place to Plant Beautiful Tree
Wow, the Jacaranda's are beautiful right now (actually most may be on their downhill side). As you drive around town they are easy to spot with their striking purple flowers covering the entire tree. I have noticed that they do vary in how they bloom. Some trees seem to flower before putting on any leaves, while others tend to flower and put on leaves simultaneously, those flowers occurring more in bunches. They are both attractive, but I think those trees that just contain the flowers with no leaves are more...
- Author: Noni Todd
Becoming a Master Gardener!
By Noni Todd
Want to become a San Luis Obispo Master Gardener? Your first step is to attend our informational meeting Sep. 10th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm in our auditorium. Meet other Master Gardeners, learn about the many ways you can contribute and volunteer as a Master Gardener. Tour our beautiful demonstration garden "The Garden Of The Seven Sisters".
- Author: Tami Reece
- Editor: Noni Todd
By Tami Reece UCCE Master Food Preserver
I am interested in fermenting. Is it hard to make kombucha or sauerkraut? Kim W. San Luis Obispo
Fermenting foods involves a few simple steps. It does not require any refrigeration, preserving methods or special equipment but does require a little chemistry. Sauerkraut is fermented cabbage using salt whereas kombucha is fermented tea using...
- Author: Maria Murrietta
- Contributor: Dr. David Headrick
Next time you're on Higuera St. in downtown SLO, look up.
Cal Poly entomology professor, Dr. David Headrick, is taking biological control to new heights!
Here's his story:
An invasive whitefly pest is attacking our giant fig trees in downtown SLO. I got a call to help out, so we started a proof of concept experiment to release microscopic stingless parasitoid wasps that lay eggs in whiteflies. Then, their young hatch out and eat them. If these wasps do the job, we can release lots more to get control. First step is to try them out in cages on the trees. I hope this raises some awareness. I like elevating people's knowledge about biological control. It's uplifting. Raising to the occasion....