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Looking for gardening advice?  Have a pest problem?  Wondering which plants are drought resistant?  You’ve come to the right place!  Follow the menus to helpful information about gardening in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito Counties. Ahora también tenemos recursos en español.

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  • When Material Possessions Tear at the Very Fabric of Our Lives

    Added November 26, 2015
    Monarch butterfly spreading its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    When material possessions tear at the very fabric of our lives, it's time to re-weave and re-think. “Gimme more, gimme more, gimme more!” seems to be the mantra of the rich and famous and the faux rich and famous. From my perspective: It's...

  • Thankful for Beneficials

    Added November 25, 2015
    Jumping spider

    Thanksgiving is a time to gather together with family and friends. The occasion is usually centered around a big meal followed by pumpkin pie, and hopefully some time to let each person share a list of what they are most grateful for that year. Here at...

  • Insect Art in the Garden

    Added November 25, 2015
    The tiny yellow egg of a Gulf Fritillary glows in the early morning sun. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    If you look closely, you'll not only see the cycle of life in your garden, but art as the center of life. Take the Gulf Fritillaries. They're a stunning orangish-reddish butterfly (Agraulis vanillae) with silver-spangled underwings. It's a delight...

  • The Unpredictable Monarchs

    Added November 24, 2015
    A male (left) and female monarch on a scarlet milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    You never know what they will do. When you release newly emerged monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus), some linger in the comfort of your hand. Some soar high into the sky. Some flutter to a nearby bush or tree.  When we released two newly...

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Fall Garden Tips

1. Plant or transplant. Soil is still warm enough to get roots established quickly, and rain will keep plants hydrated.

2. Protect steep slopes. Consider cover crops, native plants and/or jute netting to prevent erosion.

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

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

5. 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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