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Getting the Dirt on Earthworms


Earthworms. They're so small and seemingly insignificant that we hardly give them a second thought. These squirmy denizens of the dirt usually go about their lives unseen—they're revealed to us only when upturned in a shovelful of soil or when...

Posted on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 7:37 PM

Pruning Tools of the Trade

hand pruner

Have you ever wandered into a garden store, only to be met by a bewildering array of tools hanging from the racks? Most retail garden suppliers stock an impressive variety of hand-operated (non-power) pruning tools, but offer scant guidance on how to...

Posted on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 10:58 AM
  • Author: Kathy Ikeda

Winter Weather and Yellowing Leaves

Healthy leaf (top) and leaf suffering from iron chlorosis (bottom)

A stroll through your garden of late may have revealed some plants with yellowing foliage. There are several possible causes, but iron chlorosis, a condition in which a plant deficient in iron cannot produce sufficient chlorophyll, is common at...

Posted on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 10:55 AM
  • Author: Nadia Zane

Why Water-Wise Gardens Look Different

California Fuchsia blooms in summer and attracts many pollinators such as this Valley Carpenter Bee

At a local nursery this past fall, I was excited to find a robust selection of water-wise plants, a reflection of this rapidly expanding market. Another interesting phenomenon, related to me by a nursery employee, was a little less exciting:...

Posted on Friday, February 5, 2016 at 5:49 AM
  • Author: Nadia Zane

Celebrating California's Native Bees

Male valley carpenter bee (Xylocarpa varipuncta) on Salvia leucantha (KATHY IKEDA/COURTESY PHOTO)

The word “bee” usually brings to mind an image of a honeybee, but let's also remember the invaluable contributions and amazing diversity of our lesser-known native bee species. Of course, honeybees and their hives are familiar sights in our...

Posted on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 3:42 PM
  • Author: Kathy Ikeda

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