Gardening in the Eastern Sierra can be a challenge. Although we are in California, that's more of a result of a poor understanding of geography by early map makers. Most of Inyo and Mono counties are located in the Great Basin, a very different environment from the more populated parts of our state.
Our climate, nestled against the rain shadow of the Sierra Nevada range, is an outstanding example of extremes. We are hot in summer and cold in winter; blasted by intense sunlight and blustered about by strong wind; soils hold too much water or almost none at all. And through it all we are very dry.
If you have relocated here from more mild locations such as the Bay Area or southern California, you may find your past garden experience unhelpful.
This site is our repository of local gardening information, but we have other resources available to help.
Master Gardener Helpline
For specific gardening questions, residents of Inyo or Mono counties can email us or call us on the phone (leave a message).
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (760) 872-2098
If you like using Facebook, we have a page there. We accept questions through messages. We usually respond more quickly via the helpline.
UC Integrated Pest Management Program
If you have pest questions, the best place to find an answer is the UC IPM page.
Integrated pest management, or IPM, is a process you can use to solve pest problems while minimizing risks to people and the environment. IPM can be used to manage all kinds of pests anywhere—in urban, agricultural, and wildland or natural areas. This comprehensive website helps you use the UC's best science to solve your pest problems.
UC IPM Page: Link
Home Food Preservation
Information on preserving food, including your garden's harvest, can be found at our local Master Food Preserver program's site.
UC Master Food Preservers of Inyo & Mono Counties: Link