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  • How Small Is Small?

    Added September 2, 2015
    A lady beetle, a monarch caterpillar and an infestation of oleander aphids. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    Sometimes in a world of towering skyscrapers, jumbo jets and warehouses big enough to hold a small planet--or at least a state the size of Rhode Island--we don't realize how “small” small is. Last weekend it was a veritable insect feast...

  • UC to host ecological restoration workshop on Nov. 5

    Added September 2, 2015
    Scientists count plants to assess restoration. Photo by L. Ziegenhagen

    Restoration practitioners, native plant nursery employees, scientists, policymakers and others who are concerned about preventing the spread of pests, pathogens and disease through ecological restoration activities are invited to a UC Agriculture and...

  • Even without rain, the California Naturalist Program blooms in Southern California

    Added September 2, 2015
    A hike to the Hollywood sign lends a far-off view of downtown beyond Griffith Park.

    In the concrete jungle of Los Angeles, people sometimes forget that Southern California actually has a wealth of natural open spaces. From the Mojave desert to four National Forests, Southern California supports vast wilderness spaces, many just a...

  • Thank You, Mrs. Monarch!

    Added September 1, 2015
    A monarch caterpillar chowing down milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    Thank you, Mrs. Monarch. Thank you for laying your eggs on our newly planted narrowleaf milkweed. We planted the narrowleafed milkweed last spring, hoping we could coax you to come. We laid out a floral welcome mat for you with some of your...

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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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