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Becoming a Master Gardener: My Experience as a Sprout

Master gardener graduation 2019

  Visions of beautiful lush gardens in my yard and delicious homegrown veggies on my table were my primary motivation for applying to be a UC Master Gardener. Yes, my motivation was primarily selfish. The application process was quite intense...

Posted on Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 12:11 PM

Gardening with Children.

Super harvest

  Every parent has been there. You spend an hour chopping and stir frying veggies and cooking up that perfect sauce just to hear, “This is gross!” or “I'm not hungry!” as your children make disgusted faces and...

Posted on Monday, October 7, 2019 at 9:07 AM

Germander: Lowly but Lovely

Teucrium cossonni majoricum.  Photo:Native Sun Nursery

One of the first gardening books I ever purchased was Sunset magazine's book How to Grow Herbs, published in the early 1970's. Though it had great information on cultivation and harvesting, what really drew me in was the use of herbs in...

Posted on Monday, September 30, 2019 at 12:01 PM

Benefits of Trees

Tree-lined streets have a cooling effect.

I recently heard a comment that really surprised me! A home buyer did not want trees in the yard!  They thought raking leaves was too much work and the potential of a fallen limb during a storm was dangerous.    If they asked for my...

Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 2:36 PM

Recognizing the Causes of Leaf Damage.

Leaf cutter damage on rose leaf.

   Got holes in your leaves? Don't reach for the insecticide that is guaranteed to kill a wide spectrum of different insects or the Bacillus thuringiensis (just kills caterpillars) until you know what the culprit is, or you may just...

Posted on Friday, September 13, 2019 at 11:51 AM

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