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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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  • Zucchinis and Tomatoes and Basil, Oh My!

    Added August 14, 2017
    Summer squash. Photo © Leora Worthington.

    Do you have summer squash and tomatoes piling up on your kitchen counter and spilling out of your garden beds? Have you tried fried zucchini, roasted zucchini, stuffed zucchini and more? Here's a simple recipe that just happens to be vegetarian,...

  • Revised - What to Plant in August

    Added July 31, 2017
    Bell and sweet peppers. Photo © Leora Worthington.

    Last week's planting guide was more appropriate for the southwest than our Central California climate. So here, for your reading pleasure, is a planting guide for August for Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties. This information comes from a UC Agriculture...


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  • How Do Insects, Spiders React to a Partial Solar Eclipse?

    Added August 21, 2017
    A honey bee nectaring on African blue basil during the partial solar eclipse in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    The sky darkens. The temperature drops several degrees. A breeze rustles the leaves of the African blue basil. Dogs bark. And off in the distance, a hawk shrills. A partial solar eclipse is about to happen in Vacaville, Calif. I am watching the...

  • A Honey of a Day--And It Gets Better!

    Added August 18, 2017
    Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño shows a frame to her class at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    Saturday, Aug. 19 promises to be a honey of a day--in more ways than one! And it gets better! It's National Honey Bee Day or National Honey Bee Awareness Day, launched in 2009 by newly appointed U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsak during his...

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