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Stink Bug Update

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Recently brown marmorated stink bugs (Haylomorpha halys) were found in Inyo and Mono counties. This invasive pest from Asia is relatively new to our area. Its first sighting was in Bishop last year.  We have plenty of species of stink bugs on the...

Posted on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 11:50 AM

Protecting Your Home Orchard from Aphids

Aphids on under side of leaves

They plague every gardener's nightmares. Like something from a sci-fi movie, they are green with long legs and antennae and long piercing mouths with which they suck out fluids. They eat 100 times their body weight, and—worst of...

Posted on Monday, November 11, 2019 at 10:21 AM

Manzanar's Guayule Project: An Update

Ariel Bohar and Joanne Parsons tending the guayule patch.

The Manzanar Guayule project is well underway.  Guayule is a type of USA native rubber plant which was grown at Manzanar during the war years. UC Master Gardener volunteers for this project have been assisting in the reconstruction and...

Ariel Bohar and Joanne Parsons tending the guayule patch.
Ariel Bohar and Joanne Parsons tending the guayule patch.

Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 1:53 PM

Composting Workshop

Watering the prepared  compost pile

On October 6, Inyo-Mono Master Gardener volunteer Laura Mogg presented the latest Sunday Seminar on composting.  She explained the benefits and practical details of composting, and provided a handout from UC Cooperative Extension providing...

Posted on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 4:24 PM

Gardening Pranks

Lawn sprouting a watermelon.

  I woke up on my seventeenth birthday to find my parent's juvenile maple tree had magically converted to a banana plant overnight and had a resident monkey…and no, I was not dreaming. My very creative friend Whitney had snuck into my yard...

Posted on Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 7:26 PM

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