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ACP (Asian citrus psyllid) found in San Joaquin county

You may have heard that ACP (Asian citrus psyllid) was found in Lodi, Manteca and recently Stockton. The Master Gardeners are ready to answer your questions about this invasive pest. Click here to find out how you can help prevent the spread of this unwanted pest and what to do if you think you have it.

Water Conservation Tips   

Click here for water conservation tips and tricks and help conserve water!

What's Growing On - SJMG Blog

Valley Gardener's Journal For Year-Round Blooms

The San Joaquin Master Gardeners are excited about the Valley Gardener's Journal For Year-Round Blooms. This garden journal is now available for purchase and is great for any gardener. For more info click here!  

UC Garden Blogs
  • Taking chocolate milk out of schools results in a significant reduction in added sugar consumption. (Photo: Bob Nichols, USDA).
    Kids still drink milk when chocolate milk is pulled from the menu

    Schools across the nation are removing chocolate milk from their meal programs to reduce students' intake of added sugar. Some people are concerned the new policy will lead to a decrease in students' milk consumption and, specifically, reduce the...

    By Danielle L. Lee
    Author - Policy Analyst | Nutrition Policy Institute
  • This the cover of second-grader Greg Kareofelas booklet on monarchs. He now serves as an associate at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, UC Davis, and as a tour guide for non-profit organizations.
    Why We Need to Teach Science in Elementary School

    Two adults, apparently not science aficionados, recently asked me: "What is entomology?" Quick answer: insect science. "What is a monarch?"Quick answer: An orange and black butterfly that's the icon of the butterfly world.  Science....

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
  • The Market Match program makes high quality produce more accessible.
    UCCE is helping CalFresh shoppers double food dollars at farmers markets

    Across California, CalFresh shoppers can use their EBT cards at most farmers markets and double the value of their benefit, up to $10 per family each market day. “This benefit is underused,” said Chutima Ganthavorn, nutrition, family and...

    By Jeannette E. Warnert
    Author - Communications Specialist
  • The Egg: Greg Kareofelas collected this egg from a narrowleaf milkweed in his Davis yard on Aug. 25. (Photo by Greg Kareofelas)
    A Monarch Named Ruth

    When a monarch butterfly fluttered into the Davis garden of naturalist Greg Kareofelas and laid an egg on his narrowleaf milkweed, it marked the beginning of a story that ended with the flight of Ruth.  Usually the life cycle--from egg to...

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist




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  • Fire Resistant 01
    Wildfires and Garden Planting

    As our cities and towns continue to sprawl, an increasing number of Californians live in the urban-wildland interface where the threat of fires is particularly significant. The urban-wildland interface is the area where urban and suburban...

  • 2020 Summer Vegetable Gardening - Milnes
    Vegetable Gardening for the Novice

    A lot of us have turned to our gardens for exercise and solace during this pandemic. My flowers have never looked better! But I confess this is the first year I've had a vegetable garden in several years. Summer vegetables are well under way, but it's...

  • Chores
    Summer Garden Chores

     The long, lazy days of summer just beg us to come outside and play in the garden. Although there are just four “chores” per month in this article, it is easy to find more to do as we spend extra time outside.   July Ideas ONE...

  • Pest - Disease-Tobacco Mosaic virus photo
    Pests of the Season

    Plant viruses are very tiny unliving particles. In the midst of our current pandemic of COVID19, more accurately SARS-CoV-2, most of us are aware that viruses are minute packets of RNA (or DNA) surrounded by a protein capsid, but what some of us may not...

  • The ‘Lisbon’ lemon is productive and more cold tolerant than ‘Eureka’.
    Plants of the Season

    Trees: Lemons. Meyer Lemons (Citrus limon 'Meyer Improved') are originally from China and are a cross between a lemon and mandarin orange. This is a dwarf lemon tree that grows between 6-10 feet tall and is ideal for the home garden producing somewhat...