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    Egg-cellent Gardens: Cultivating Success with Backyard Chickens

    More and more home gardeners are discovering the joys of raising backyard chickens. Beyond the delight of harvesting fresh eggs at your doorstep, there's an added bonus – top-notch fertilizer for your garden. However, to harness this natural boon...

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    Recipes from the Garden: A Taste of the Season

    Recipes From the Garden: A Taste of the Season A roundup of soups welcoming in the New Year guarantees comfort and warmth this winter season. Maybe you have heard the hype: Trader Joe's mini wontons are the perfect dumpling to elevate your wonton soup...

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    Plants of the Season

      PERENNIAL SHRUB: Chinese hibiscus or tropical hibiscus. This is a gorgeous flowering shrub that will provide large beautiful blooms all summer and fall. There are over 200 species but the pretty variety you want goes by the name Hibiscus...

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    Pests of the Season

    A Weed, a Pest, and a Disease Yellow Nutsedge, a weed:Nutsedges are common weeds in our area, but not common in my garden. This past spring, however, brought an invasion of an unfamiliar grass-like weed that was overtaking an area normally occupied by...

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    Horticultural Terms - Grafting

    Reprint from 2017 Article by Budding and Grafting: Methods of plant propagation used to grow more than one variety, and in some cases, more than one species, of fruit on a single tree. Scion: A branch, shoot, or bud removed from one plant and grafted...



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  • UC Davis distinguished professor Walter Leal is the recipient of the Academic Senate's three most coveted awards: research, teaching and public service awards. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
    Good Things Come in Threes

    Congratulations to UC Davis distinguished professor Walter Leal, the recipient of the Academic Senate's highly competitive 2024 Distinguished Faculty Research Award.  That makes three. Good things come in threes.  Leal is the first UC...

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
  • David Bayer
    In memoriam: David Bayer

    David E. Bayer, UC Davis weed science professor emeritus in the department of Plant Biology, passed away on Jan. 20, 2024, in Davis, CA. His memorial service was on Feb. 2, 2024 at the Davis Cemetery, which was followed by a celebration of life at the...

    By Bradley Hanson
    Editor - Cooperative Extension Specialist
    By Gale Perez
    Posted by - Public Education Specialist
  • Tomato spotted wilt virus. (Photo courtesy of UC Davis distinguished professor Diane Ullman)
    Probing the Molecular Interactions Between Western Flower Thrips and the Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus

    Back in October of 2020, we wrote about the newly published research of an international team of scientists involving the genome analysis of the western flower thrips, an invasive global agricultural pest that feeds on plants and spreads...

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
  • 4-H members participating in Cupcake Wars are tasked with decorating cupcakes according to a certain theme and presenting them to judges.
    ‘Super Carbolicious’ 4-H Food Fiesta challenges young chefs

    Inside a quiet classroom, Sadie, a 4-H member in Orange County, stands in front of two judges with an insulated cooler bag in hand. From it she pulls out plates, utensils and napkins and sets them down on the table. She unzips the bottom...

    By Saoimanu Sope
    Author - Digital Communications Specialist