Hero Image

Advice To Grow By

 2022 Master Gardener Training

Master Gardener trainees dissecting plants in a plant ID class.
Master Gardener trainees dissecting plants in a plant ID class.
We are now accepting applications for our next training that will begin in January, 2022. Applications will be accepted until September 15th, 2021. Learn more about the 2022 training and download the 2022 application. 

Water Conservation Tips   

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

Garden Notes Blog 
Previously Garden Notes Newsletter

Sign up for the San Joaquin UC Master Gardener Blog 
Don't miss out on any of our seasonal and timely posts! 

View all of our blog posts

Garden Notes Blog
  • Black aphids
    Pests of the Season

    Winter is finally here! Leaves have fallen or are in the process of leaving our deciduous plants naked. Sends shivers up my spine! What's an avid gardener to do? There must be more to life than raking leaves. Growing winter crops help us stay active...

  • r1
    Recipes From the Garden: A Taste of the Season

    If you're like me, you'll be serving up soup all winter long. These comforting soups are perfect for those long, chilly nights spent at home. Paired with a crusty loaf of bread and a salad filled with seasonal greens, dinner is done! The cheesy...

  • f2
    Horticultural Terms - Fasciation

    While researching the horticultural term “Fasciation” for our winter blog, Master Gardener Cheryl Carmichael came across the following article on the same subject posted to the Wisconsin Master Gardener website by Susan Mahr, University of...

  • Dahlias come in a great variety of sizes, colors and forms.
    Plants of the Season

    SHRUB: Snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus) is a small shrub in my garden, several of which I can enjoy from my office window as I write this. They currently have the white berries that give way to its name. It blooms in spring with clusters of bell-shaped...

  • Holly tree
    Winter Herb Study

    Before the recent pandemic began, one of our Herb Study meetings gave us an opportunity to create Pomanders to hang in our homes during the Christmas Season. We had so much fun and put 100's of cloves in quite a few oranges. Did you know that the use of...



Contact Us Icon

UC Master Gardeners are here to help answer your gardening questions.
Click Here for Contact  Info
Calendar of events
Event Name Date
UC Garden Blogs
  • Butterfly guru Art Shapiro, UC Davis distinguished professor of evolution and ecology, walks up Gates Canyon in this image, taken in 2014. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
    California Dogface Butterfly: What the Fire Did

    You've probably seen California's state insect, the California dogface butterfly, on a first-class stamp, in a book, or on the UC Davis Bohart Museum of Entomology poster. Odds are you've never seen the dogface butterfly, Zerene eurydice,...

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
  • This earwig was beneath a garden sculpture in a Vacaville garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
    Ode to an Earwig

    A winter pollinator garden does not buzz with bees; it crawls with earwigs, ants, roly-polys, and other insects.   Turn over a rock, a pot, or a garden sculpture and there they are. Well, there one was. An earwig looked up as we lifted a...

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
  • Reddish, puckered, distorted leaves infected by peach leaf curl.<br>(Credit: Jack Kelly Clark)
    Peach Leaf Curl, Time to Spray!

    If you have peach or nectarine trees that typically have distorted or reddened leaves in spring, they may be affected by peach leaf curl. Peach leaf curl is a fungal disease caused by a fungus that only affects peach and nectarine trees. With trees...

    By Elaine Lander
    Author - Urban & Community IPM Educator
  • Gwen Erdosh's Instagram account; more than 22,000 fans follower her.
    Gwen Erdosh: Entomology Ambassador Extraordinaire

    If you're not big on bugs, you will be--or should be--after seeing UC Davis entomologist Gwen Erdosh's recent interview with reporter Ashley Williams on Good Day Sacramento. Erdosh, 21, an undergraduate entomology major and president of the UC...

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist