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  • When Science and Art Meet

    Added November 29, 2015
    Jonas Salk (1914-1995), who discovered the polio vaccine in 1955, speaks to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1988. (CDC Photo)

    When entomologist Diane Ulman, professor of entomology at the University of California, Davis, and self-described rock artist Donna Billick of Davis co-founded the UC Davis Art/Science Fusion Program, one of the many outcomes is LASER. That's an...

  • 'Fourteen' Is a Lucky Number: That's Where the Monarchs Are

    Added November 27, 2015
    Roosting monarchs at the Berkeley Aquatic Park look like dried leaves, as one observer said. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    "Fourteen" is a lucky number at the Berkeley Aquatic Park, 80 Bolivar Drive, Berkeley. Fourteen is considered a day of love and romance, as in the 14th of February, Valentine's Day. But at the Berkeley Aquatic Park, it's also love. Love at first...

  • When Material Possessions Tear at the Very Fabric of Our Lives

    Added November 26, 2015
    Monarch butterfly spreading its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    When material possessions tear at the very fabric of our lives, it's time to re-weave and re-think. “Gimme more, gimme more, gimme more!” seems to be the mantra of the rich and famous and the faux rich and famous. From my perspective: It's...

  • Thankful for Beneficials

    Added November 25, 2015
    Jumping spider

    Thanksgiving is a time to gather together with family and friends. The occasion is usually centered around a big meal followed by pumpkin pie, and hopefully some time to let each person share a list of what they are most grateful for that year. Here at...

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Fall Garden Tips

1. Plant or transplant. Soil is still warm enough to get roots established quickly, and rain will keep plants hydrated.

2. Protect steep slopes. Consider cover crops, native plants and/or jute netting to prevent erosion.

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

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

5. 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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