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  • The Aphid Eater

    Added October 6, 2015
    A lady beetle munching on an aphid while another aphid (far right) looks on. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    The circle of life... Monarch caterpillars feast on milkweed, their host plant.  Oleander aphids feast on the juices of milkweed plants. Lady beetles, better known as ladybugs (but they're beetles, not bugs) feast on the aphids.  The milkweed...

  • To 'Catch' a Dragonfly

    Added October 5, 2015
    A wind-whipped female variegated meadowhawk, a Sympetrum corruptum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    Dragonflies are fierce predators but they are predator-shy.  "If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck," as the saying goes. If you look like a predator, walk or fly like a predator and act like...

  • A Unique Connection and a Living Legacy

    Added October 2, 2015
    Chemical ecologist Yuko Ishida in his lab in Toyama.

    The work of the late chemical ecologist/UC Davis professor Sean Duffey (1943-1997) lives on. Chemical ecologist Yuko Ishida of Toyama, Japan, a former UC Davis post-doctoral researcher who shared the same lab--and the same bench--in Briggs Hall that...

  • Low residual dry matter on rangeland a concern heading into wet season

    Added October 2, 2015
    Leaving sufficient dry matter on rangeland prevents soil erosion and creates a conducive environment for diverse plant communities to thrive.

    Over the past few years, drought has negatively affected everyone in the state and ranchers are no exception. Due to the drought, most areas have seen a decline in forage production and water availability, and as a result many livestock producers reduced...

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Watering Conservation Tips

1. Check Soil Moisture First. If soil is dry 1-2 inches below surface it's time to water.

2. Water Deeply. Encourage deep roots that require less frequent watering.

3. Get Up Early. Calm, cool morning air results in less evaporation loss.

4. Trash the Sprinkler. Area sprinklers are vicious water wasters and encourage disease.

5. Buy the Right Equipment. Use a squeeze handle watering wand with variable spray options.

6. Go Old-School. Watering cans effectively target individual plants.

7. Turn Off the Faucet. Use recycled water from sinks and showers for some of your watering.

Excerpted from Bill Strubbe
Urban Farm Online, June, 2015

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