UC Master Gardeners of Monterey & Santa Cruz Counties
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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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What's New From The UC Blogs

  • Yes, I'll Have Some Mustard, Please!

    Added April 3, 2019
    A pollen-laden honey bee heads for more pollen and nectar on mustard. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    Yes, I'll have some mustard, please. Yes, both the pollen and the nectar, thank you. We watched a honey bee buzz into our little mustard patch,  her proboscis (tongue) extended, and pollen weighting her down. If she were at the airport, someone...

  • The worst fire in California history illuminates fire preparation needs

    Added April 3, 2019
    Fire resilient forests have the benefit of offering greater access for recreation. (Photo: Butte County Fire Safe Council)

    Four months have passed since the Camp Fire, the worst wildfire in California history, ravaged bucolic communities in the Butte County foothills, including Paradise, Concow, Butte Creek Canyon, Cherokee, Yankee Hill and Magalia. Eighty-five people died,...

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