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Monterey Bay Master Gardener Blog

  • Succulents in a Garden of Grasses

    Added June 19, 2016

    Observations at Succulent Gardens Nursery Three months into the yearlong internship I did at Succulent Gardens in Castroville and I was mesmerized. Succulent Extravaganza is an annual event for this nursery, and in 2014 a dozen or so sample gardens were...

  • Earwig-o Again!

    Added May 25, 2016
    Earwigs on yarrow flowers.

    I don't know about you, but this year earwigs seem to be everywhere. They are literally taking over my garden and home! They have never really bothered me before because I know that they can play a beneficial role, but they're out in full force...

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  • National Mosquito Control Awareness Week

    Added June 30, 2016
    Aedes aegypti mosquito. [USDA]

    This week is National Mosquito Control Awareness Week (June 26-July 2nd). The goal of the campaign is to remind people to protect themselves against mosquitoes especially in the summer months. In the past, information about mosquitoes instructed people...

  • The Eighth Wonder of the World

    Added June 30, 2016
    A feral honey bee colony, with exposed comb, on a Eucalyptus tree in Vacaville. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    It's time to add an “eighth wonder” to the Seven Wonders of the (Ancient) World: a feral honey bee colony. One with exposed comb. Many of us have never seen the Seven Wonders: the Great Pyramid of Giza, Hanging Gardens of Babylon,Statue of...

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Winter Tips

Plan for Spring. Winter is a great time to evaluate what grew well and what didn't - and what changes you might want to make.

Protect steep slopes. With El Nino's arrival, consider cover crops, native plants and/or jute netting to prevent erosion.

Add organic matter. Top dress soil with compost or aged manure for dramatically healthier plants in the Spring.

Consider rain water catchment. Creating a sustainable, water neutral irrigation system will help get through dry periods.

Dial back irrigation. Irrigation controllers should changed with the seasons. Better yet, consider a "smart" irrigation controller that automatically adjusts for rain, temperature, soil and plant conditions.

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