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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
  • A monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus, eclosed today (July 3) and is drying its wings on Hot Lips salvia, Salvia microphylla. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
    Independence Day and a Monarch

    We call it the Fourth of July or Independence Day. Our 13 American colonies rose up against the monarch of Great Britain, King George III, and declared themselves free and independent. This weekend, no thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, we won't...

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
  • A monarch caterpillar feasting on a tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica, in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
    Leave Me Alone, Please--I'm Eating!

    "Leave me alone, please--I'm eating." The monarch caterpillar feasting on the tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica, in Vacaville, Calif., kept doing what monarch 'cats do best--eat. She insisted on devouring the leaves as if there were no...

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
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    Does white latex paint on the trunks of almonds protect it from herbicide damage?

    Here's Patrick Cavanaugh interviewing Drew Wolter (UC Davis graduate student with the Hanson Lab.) Does White Latex Paint on the Trunks of Almonds Protect it from Herbicide Damage?   Original source: California Ag Today Podcasts with Patrick...

    By Gale Perez
    Posted by - Program Representative
  • A digger bee, Anthophora bomboides stanfordiana, returning to her nest on the sand cliffs of Bodega Bay. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
    The Bees of Bodega Head

    There's more to Sonoma County's Bodega Head than the stunning views, crashing waves, nesting seabirds, and bursts of flora and fauna. The sand cliffs are also the home of a digger bee, a bumble bee mimic known...

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist




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  • Carpenteria californica (Bush anemone)
    Contemplating Gardens - Take a Seat or Take a Walk

    Spring 2020  Observing what local gardens have to offer is a great way to mark the beginning of spring. Early spring shows a garden's promise, while in late spring, fruit, flowers and foliage become more defined. San Joaquin County offers some...

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    The Clover Option

    Turf wasn't always a predominant landscape component in the United States. Scott's, the business that has sold grass seed for over 130 years, began publishing a popular newsletter back in the 1920's called “Lawn Care” . The newsletter...

  • Garden Chores for April, May and June

    Soft green leaves and delicate flower heads celebrate spring and renewal. Now is the time to renew gardens and home landscapes. One chore per week, just four per month, will keep a garden going.   April Ideas  Check all the sprinklers and...

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    Prep for Spring

    Spring is indeed a wonderful time of year. Perennials that have been in a rest-and-relaxation mode suddenly burst into glorious color with no effort from the custodians of the landscape: the home gardener. The sudden burst of color reminds us that there...

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    Herbs Are Our friends!

    It is spring, and I can hear Lou Rawls on the radio in my mind singing “You are going to miss my Lovage!” While not late in the midnight hour (baby), if you have ever had it and now lack it, you are missing lovage. Mine has yet to reappear...