UC Master Gardeners of Monterey & Santa Cruz Counties
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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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  • What to plant in August

    Added July 24, 2017

    We're revisiting a post from a few years ago by PaulMcCollum. Thanks, Paul! Don't forget to subscribe to our blog so that you receive an email notification when a new post goes up. If you have questions, contact us online, by phone or...

  • Time to Bale

    Added July 12, 2017
    Cardboard mulch under the straw bale garden. Photo courtesy of www.lensgarden.com.au.

    We have a FREE class coming up about straw bale and hugelkulture gardening. Visit our website to read more about the class and sign up to reserve your space! Straw bale gardening is a container gardening technique that allows productive herb,...


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  • Show Me the Honey: From Your Bees!

    Added July 26, 2017
    A honey bee foraging on star thistle, Centaurea solstitialis. It's an invasive weed but makes great honey, beekeepers and honey connoisseurs say. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    Imagine watching your honey bees gathering nectar from star thistle--which some beekeepers claim makes the best honey. (Yes, Centaurea solstitialis is an invasive weed. The love-hate relationship runs deep; farmers and environmentalists hate it;...

  • UC has boots on the ground in an unrelenting search for Asian citrus psyllid

    Added July 26, 2017
    Joanne O'Sullivan is one of the scouts hired by UC to search for and collect Asian citrus psyllids.

    With two magnifying loops around her neck and a truck stocked with vials and tools for insect collection, Joanne O'Sullivan scouts Ventura County citrus orchards every day. She walks the perimeter, examining newly emerging leaves and tapping branches...

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