UC Master Gardeners of Monterey & Santa Cruz Counties
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Looking for gardening advice?  Have a pest problem?  Wondering which plants are drought resistant?  You’ve come to the right place!  Follow the menus to helpful information about gardening in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito Counties. Ahora también tenemos recursos en español.

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  • Seed Saving in the Summer Garden

    Added July 5, 2017
    Separating fava beans from their seedpods. Photo © Melody Overstreet.

    A Daily Practice I make it a daily practice to walk the garden and check-in on the plants. With each hot day that passes, I find that there is always something new that surfaces. The birds come to land on the branches of the fig tree, while others land...

  • Plant Profiles: Sungold Tomato

    Added June 26, 2017
    Sungold tomatoes. Image from BonniePlants.com.

    Have you eaten Sungold tomatoes? They are a cherry tomato with golden yellow 1” fruits that taste like summer bliss. Although it's a little late in the season, if you can find a Sungold tomato start, please buy one, plant it, and be prepared...


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  • Updated Landscape Weed Info

    Added October 3, 2018
    Mallow (cheeseweed). [Credit: Jack Kelly Clark]

    Controlling weeds can be challenging to landscape professionals or home gardeners since landscapes often include a mix of turfgrass, annual plants, herbaceous perennials, shrubs, and trees. The newly revised publication Pest Notes: Weed Management in...

  • This Katydid Did

    Added October 2, 2018
    Honey bees circle  a fork-tailed bush katydid feeding on a yellow rose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    The katydid, as green as the leaves around it, is feeding on a yellow rose. It is paying no attention to the circling honey bees. The bees want nectar, not an encounter with a critter far bigger than they are. The katydid slowly moves from one...

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