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By Susanne von Rosenberg, UC Master Gardener of Napa County If you live in one of Napa County's towns, you may be one of the lucky gardeners who does not have to deal with gophers....
Pocket gopher (UC ANR)
Gopher 'pockets' showing a recent meal. (The Gopher Guy)
Gopher mound. Note the crescent shape and round 'plug' in the center. (UC ANR)
Gopher mounds in turf. If you have gophers, you have seen this! (UC ANR)
Pocket gopher in tunnel (UC ANR)
Gopher burrow illustration. All those round shapes are gopher mounds. (Univ of Nebraska-Lincoln)
DIY gopher basket (Chicken Wire Mesh Fencing)
Leave a few inches above ground (You Tube)
From UC IPM, EVERYTHING you need to know about pocket gophers, including videos: http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7433.html (UC IPM)
Gopher snake eating a gopher, but natural controls are not enough. (UC ANR)
by Susanne von Rosenberg, UC Master Gardener of Napa County Starting plants from seed can save you money, allow you to try more interesting varieties and be a lot of fun. Although it can...
Consult the back of seed packet (Gardener's Path)
Make use of a calendar (Getty Images)
Use seed starting mix--there are many brands, and even recipes for DIY. (The Home Depot)
Seed starting mats provide a steady warmth for germination. Many brands available. (Planet Natural)
Maintain steady temperature. (AccuRite)
Prepare labels before seeding! (tindarorchidsupplies)
If you don't have a seed starting mat, pop the pot in plastic (Alan Buckingham-PhotoShelter)
And then, you'll have all these started seeds ready to set out when the soil warms.(Old Farmer's Almanac)
By T. Eric Nightingale, UC Master Gardener of Napa County I have recently become interested in the plant family Aizoaceae. It is a positively huge family, consisting of many sub-families....
Lithops (Under the Sun Seeds) They look like stones, don't they!
Aloinopsis (World of Succulents)
Oscularia-deltoides (World of Succulents) Small one in a pot.
Large Oscularia deltoides (Pinterest) And look how showy they can be!
By Susanne von Rosenberg, UC Master Gardener of Napa County Fruit trees provide us with a bounty of fresh food and need only a little care. Four things are needed to keep your fruit...
A well-cared for peach tree.jpg (Lowe's)
Drip irrigation supplies.jpg (BuyGardens)
NPK--fertilizer--explained.jpg (Bonsai Outlet)
UCIPM for pest management options.jpg (UC Cooperative Extension)
Fruit tree pruning.jpg (Premier Tree Solutions)
Most fruit trees need dormant and summer pruning.jpg (Slide Share)
Do your best to keep your fruit tree small.jpg (plus.google.com)
FEBRUARY, dormant fruit tree pruning. MAY, citrus pruning.JULY-AUGUST, cherries and apricot pruning.png (Calendarpedia)
Even a damaged, unbalanced fruit tree can be reshaped.jpg (Stark Bros)
Do a scratch test if you're not sure.jpg (Stark Bro's)
This is what watersprouts look like.jpg (The Garden Website)
Don't leave a stub. Cut to a bud facing out.jpg (Quick Crop)
Heading and thinning cuts.jpg (Alsen Lane Nursery)
Here is everything we MGs know about fruit trees, and where we learned it--The Home Orchard. You can, too.jpg (UC ANR)
by Penny Pawl, U. C. Master Gardener of Napa County Why do sunflowers follow the sun? This mystery has been researched and hopefully solved. Recently discoveries at U.C. Davis have explained what...
Sunflower oil.jpg (Mother Grocery)
See fields of sunflowers in summer all over the Central Valley and in Yolo County, too.jpg (123RF)
Bees love sunflowers and pollinate them so we (and birds) get seeds.jpg (YouTube)
Birds love sunflower seeds.jpg (Foresthill Messenger)
Tall sunflowers --some can reach 10 or 12 feet, with zinnias for size contrast (HGTV)
Bush sunflowers (National Audubon Society)
Plant sunflower seeds in full sun (all-free-download.com)
Protect newly planted seed from birds with row cover until germination (Harris seeds)
And protect some of your sunflower seed-heads from birds so you can have seeds, too.(Balcony Garden Web)
A sunflower garden is a happy summer view. (www.carvermuseum.org)