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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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  • Got 'em!

    Added February 12, 2016
    Bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, foraging in manzanita on Feb. 12. (Photo by Allan Jones)

    "Got 'em!" That's the message we've all been waiting for. Several of us bumble bee enthusiasts--Robbin Thorp, distinguished emeritus professor of entomology at UC Davis, photographers Allan Jones and Gary Zamzow of Davis, and yours truly--have been...

  • How Many Overwintering Monarchs in California?

    Added February 11, 2016
    Monarch butterfly feeding on milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    There's good news and not-so-good news about the Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count in California. Last December the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation released preliminary figures. Now they've announced the final tally: almost 272,000...

  • First national celebration for citizen science in April

    Added February 11, 2016
    Naturalists in the Sierra Streams Institute California Naturalist course conduct water quality surveys.

    Citizen science is really picking up steam with the White House honoring 12 “Champions of Change” for their dedication to increasing public engagement in science and science literacy and the recent launching of a new Citizen Science...

  • Real Reason for Flowers? It's All About Sex

    Added February 10, 2016
    Entomologist Stephen Buchmann talks about the nests of carpenter bees at The Bee Course, an annual summer workshop in Arizona sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History.  (Photo courtesy of Robbin Thorp)

    You could say that noted entomologist/author Stephen Buchmann has a thing for buds, bees, beetles and butterflies...buds that burst into flowers, and bugs that burst into pollinators. The UC Davis-trained entomologist, author of the newly published...

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Winter Tips

Plan for Spring. Winter is a great time to evaluate what grew well and what didn't - and what changes you might want to make.

Protect steep slopes. With El Nino's arrival, consider cover crops, native plants and/or jute netting to prevent erosion.

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

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

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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