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UC Master Gardeners of Monterey Bay Blog

  • Hold the Tomatoes!

    Added March 27, 2017
    A Master Gardener plants tomatoes. In May!

    Jazmin Lopez wrote this post for us a year ago but a visit to a big box store yesterday as well as some online shopping reminded me that it's time for a reminder! As much as we all want to plant them, it's a bit too early for tomatoes just...

  • A Bird in the Hand?

    Added March 20, 2017
    Handsome rooster. Photo: © Leora Worthington.

    So it turns out there is a lot more than the desire for fresh eggs to consider when deciding to become a chicken owner. Our very own Master Gardener Candice McLaren will be giving a FREE class on chickens entitled “Chix in the City, Hens in the...


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  • Not a Good Day for the Jumping Spider

    Added March 29, 2017
    A honey bee narrowly avoids the outstretched jumping spider, maybe a Phidippus regius. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    Sometimes you get lucky. Sometimes you go hungry. Take the case of the huge jumping spider (maybe a male Phidippus regius) hanging out in our Spanish lavender. Hey, pretend I'm not here!  It stealthily crawls up and down the stems, blending into...

  • Helicoptering in on the Spanish Lavender

    Added March 28, 2017
    A honey bee nectaring on Spanish lavender. This was taken with a Nikon D500 and a 200mm macro lens. Settings: ISO 3200, f-stop 13, and shutter speed of 1/640 of a second. No flash. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    If you like writing with light (photography), then you'll probably love capturing images of honey bees spinning like helicopters. In the late afternoon, when the light softens, head over to your favorite Spanish lavender patch. Pull up a chair, listen...

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