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Monterey Bay Master Gardener Blog

  • Earwig-o Again!

    Added May 25, 2016
    Earwigs on yarrow flowers.

    I don't know about you, but this year earwigs seem to be everywhere. They are literally taking over my garden and home! They have never really bothered me before because I know that they can play a beneficial role, but they're out in full force...

  • What is a weed, anyway?

    Added May 15, 2016

    After yesterday's lovely UCMGMB Garden Tour and all the well-loved and well cared-for gardens we were so lucky to visit, today's post is about the gardens, roadsides, ag fields, and abandoned lots of our area that still need some green thumb action....

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  • UC Davis Zika Symposium: A Crucial Message

    Added May 30, 2016
    Chemical ecologist Walter Leal, coordinator of the Zika Public Awareness Symposium, addresses the crowd. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    The seven speakers who addressed the UC Davis Zika Public Awareness Symposium on Thursday, May 26 in Giedt Hall, UC Davis campus, sounded an alarm that needs to be heard, heeded and spread. The unique symposium, the work of chemical ecologist Walter...

  • Feel the Buzz: Want to Become a Master Beekeeper?

    Added May 27, 2016
    Find the queen? This photo was taken in the apiary of Jackie Park-Burris Queens, Palo Cedro. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    Want to feel the buzz? If you're a beekeeper and have kept bees for at least a year, you might want to become a Master Beekeeper. The E. L. Niño Bee Lab, directed by Extension Apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño, University of California,...

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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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