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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!

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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 Gulf Fritillary butterfly, Agraulis vanillae, shares the nectar of a passionflower (Passiflora) with three honey bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
    Thanksgiving: It's All About Sharing

    Thanksgiving isn't about selecting the largest turkey in the store, engaging in road rage or aisle anger, or preparing for the Black Friday sales. Thanksgiving is all about sharing--sharing gratitude, love and a meal.  UC Davis psychology...

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
  • Professor Rick Karban has researched communication in sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) on the east side of the Sierra since 1995.
    Rick Karban: Do Plants Have Personalities?

    If you've been talking to your plants for years, you are not alone. But know this: plants can communicate, too. They eavesdrop, sense danger in the environment, and can distinguish friend from foe. A plant under a predatory attack will emit volatile...

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
  • Photo 13. Hairy nightshade (common summer annual that can survive into the winter)
    The importance of reducing winter weed host plants for INSV control

    Richard Smith is the UC Cooperative Extension Vegetable Crop Production and Weed Science Advisor for Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties and Daniel Hasegawa is a USDA ARS Research Entomologist for the Crop Improvement and Protection Research...

    By Richard Smith
    Author - Farm Advisor, Vegetable Crop Production & Weed Science
    By Daniel Hasegawa
    By Gale Perez
    Posted by - Program Representative
  • This is the infographic that won Jill Oberski a first-place award in the Entomological Society of America's graduate student competition.
    Jill Oberski: Why Museum Collections Matter

    Congratulations to the five UC Davis entomology doctoral students who excelled in the Entomological Society of America's student competitions, part of the organization's Nov. 16-25 virtual meeting. The UC Davis winners are Erin Taylor...

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist




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    Recipes from the Garden: A Taste of the Season

    Welcome y'all to fall. It's time to gather those cast iron skillets and create some autumn happiness. The first recipe is a skillet filled with sweet potatoes, apples, Brussels sprouts, onions, chicken and bacon. It is packed with flavor and delivers a...

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    Help Desk: Compost Problems and Resolutions

    Q. What is wrong with my compost pile, it is not getting hot or even close to 140ºF? A. There could be several things happening here. For one thing, a compost pile needs to be large enough to trap heat and the general rule of thumb is to have a...

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    From the Garden: Decorative Gourds

    Dried gourds are fun to use for fall decorating and crafts. Their hard, woody shells make them ideal for a variety of projects that range from simple to quite complex. The techniques used for decorating gourds include painting, woodburning, carving,...

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    Be Vigilant with Fall Pests

    As fall approaches, life may look like it is slowing down in your garden, but while we're cozy inside our homes lots of critters are busy preparing to wreak havoc. A watchful eye and a little work now and an occasional night trips to the garden will keep...

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    Fall Garden Chores: October, November, and December

    The desire for the peace, exercise, produce, or the beauty gardening brings into our lives seems to be gaining in popularity as we progress toward the end of 2020. Again, this quarter's chores will concentrate on just four chores per month – one...