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  • Lazy Gardener Soil Prep

    Added April 18, 2017
    Buckwheat cover crop. Image source: http://www.caes.uga.edu/newswire/story.html?storyid=5891 .

    Perhaps you're busy and want your weekend to relax, or you have a bad back or you just moved and your soil is hard like concrete, or you just don't feel like digging and lifting and turning the dirt in your backyard when spring fever hits and you want to...

  • Garden Tasks for April

    Added April 10, 2017

    Paul McCollum published this blog post several years ago and it holds up well today. April To-Do List for Zone 9 If slugs and snails are decimating your plants, collect them in the evening, when you're most likely to spot them. They make good...


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  • Why Dead Bees Can Sting

    Added April 25, 2017
    A California scrub jay nails a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    Can dead bees sting? Yes, they can. Here's the scenario: Our pollinator garden is buzzing with the sights and sounds of honey bees.  Ah, spring! A few feet away, California scrub jays are nesting in the cherry laurel hedges. They leave periodically...

  • Show Me the Honey--And They Did!

    Added April 24, 2017
    Graduate student Jackson Audley of the Steve Seybold lab hands a honey-coated toothpick to a participant. At far left is graduate student Wei Lin of the Brian Johnson lab. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    Show me the honey! That was a popular refrain at the 103rd annual UC Davis Picnic Day, held Saturday, April 22. The UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology showed thousands of folks the honey at its Briggs Hall exhibit, "Honey Tasting." ...

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