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  • Trunk damaged by Phytophthora crown rot, Phytophthora root rot. Credit: Amand N. Kasimatis
    Pests of the Season

    As spring unfolds its vibrant tapestry, so too emerges an array of garden pests threatening to disrupt the harmony. From insidious weeds to pesky insects and lurking diseases, our green sanctuaries face a seasonal onslaught. Lets look at three of the...

  • Sun-loving yarrow (Achillea millefolium ‘Salmon Beauty’) is a beautiful, heat-tolerant plant for full sun locations. (Photo by Kathy Ikeda, © 2022)
    Here comes the sun: what gardeners should know about it

    As I pondered a topic for this article, brilliant rays of sunlight penetrated the dark rain clouds, bathing my garden with a beautiful rosy glow. What perfect and timely inspiration. With respect to gardens, our sun is far more than a “mass of...

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    Plant, Pick, Prep, and Plate 'em Up!

    Yep, we're talking about vegetables and fruits and the joy of homegrown food. Read on about vegetarian eating, getting the kids on the veggie train, a bit of food history, and recipes—some tried and deemed true by kids themselves. Kids + Fruits...

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    Growing Knowledge

    “Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our World, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures”Merlin Sheldrake. New York: Random House, 2022. The California Master Gardener Handbook (2015) introduces us to fungus in chapter six, which is titled...

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    Your Garden at Night

    When do you most love to be in your garden? A spring or summer morning comes to mind, or maybe a fall afternoon. Most gardeners spend plenty of time in the garden during the day; by observing as they tend to the plants, they are well aware of soil...



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  • Interviews on electric weeding research
    Electric weed control research updates

    From the eOrganic and Performance and Economics of Electric Weed Control in Organic Perennial Crops Project: Electric Weeding Research Updates (Click HERE to see the presentations) Electric Weed Control in Orchards • Tong Zhen, Ph.D....

    By Gale Perez
    Posted by - Public Education Specialist
  • A thorny stick insect. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
    All the 'Bugs' at UC Davis Picnic Day Will Be at Briggs Hall

    Wait! Don't head over to the Bohart Museum of Entomology in the Academic Surge Building on Crocker Lane on Saturday, April 20 during the 110th annual UC Davis Picnic Day. Why? It will be closed. The Bohart Museum, part of the UC Davis...

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
  • UC Davis doctoral student Emma Jochim discusses arachnids at a Bohart Museum of Entomology open house. She'll be showing the diversity of arachnids at Briggs Hall during UC Davis Picnic Day on Saturday, April 20, with colleagues. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
    Diversity of Arachnids to be Showcased at Briggs Hall During UC Davis Picnic Day

    The UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology will not only celebrate insect and nematode diversity at Briggs Hall during the 110th annual UC Davis Picnic Day on Saturday, April 20, but also "The Diversity of Arachnids." Doctoral student...

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
  • Grub size can be helpful in identification. Common white grub species left to right are: Japanese beetle, European chafer, and June beetle. Photo by David Cappaert, Bugwood.org
    Grubs in your garden?

    While preparing your garden for planting this spring, you may have found white grubs in the soil. While uncovering these sometimes large, white grubs can be alarming, they usually won't cause significant plant damage. Grubs are the soil-dwelling larvae...

    By Lauren Fordyce
    Author - Urban and Community IPM Educator