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  • Go Native!

    Added September 17, 2016
    Sticky monkeyflower bloom. Photo: © Carol Nickbarg

    The global economy means that plant lovers now have access to a vast variety of plant species. However, there are several reasons a gardener may want to stick with the plants that are native to his or her own neighborhood. Drought-tolerance As...

  • Successful Fall Vegetable Gardening

    Added September 5, 2016
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    This article was originally posted in August 2013 but the information is very appropriate for us right now. Thanks, Paul! An increasing number of you are starting a cool season, or fall and winter garden this year. This is fantastic news, as those who...


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  • Oh, the Bugs They Saw at the Bohart!

    Added September 30, 2016
    Jordan Bailey, a student in Fran Keller's class at Folsom Lake College, holds a walking stick for extra credit. At right is Keller, an assistant professor and Bohart associate. She received her doctorate in entomology from UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    When the Bohart Museum of Entomology, UC Davis, hosted an open house showcasing specimens collected last summer in Belize, attendees came from far and wide, from senior citizens to pre-schoolers. Bohart associate Fran Keller, an assistant professor at...

  • In a Butterfly State-of-Mind

    Added September 29, 2016
    An unsuspecting monarch lands next to a Mexican sunflower occupied by a predator, a praying mantis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    So here's this gravid praying mantis perched on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in a Vacaville pollinator garden. She's in a butterfly state-of-mind, a picture of patience and persistence, a predator like no other. She doesn't have long to wait. A...

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