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    Preserving Summer Flowers

    Preserving summer flowers, foliage, seed heads, and bracts is a delightfully simple way to accumulate a collection of colorful plant materials from your garden to enjoy throughout the year. Many flowers, seed heads, and some leaves can be...

  • Harvest Coordinator Karen Talbot (left) and Board President Joan Graham (right)
    Ripon Community Garden Is All About Community

    There are no walls or fences surrounding the two-acre Ripon Community Garden located smack-dab in the middle of a local Ripon residential neighborhood. But the garden has become a beloved community landmark since its beginnings in 2016. The non-profit...

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    Horticultural Terms

    Serotiny, n, (Botany) In botany, serotiny means “following” or “later.” Serotinous leaves follow flowering on plants: ex. redbud trees leaf out after the flowers on the branches fade. Serontinous flowers follow the growth of...

  • Photo by Vincent Bellino, California Native Plant Society
    Summer Care for California Native Plants

    Aren't native plants supposed to survive on rainfall? Should I water them during the summer? If so, how much? The answer depends on which plants are living in a particular site. Is the soil loamy, sandy, or heavy clay? What is the sun exposure? The...

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    Best Practices to Repel Mosquitos

    The promise of warmer temps is a welcome reprieve from bulky clothing and enclosed environments after a cold, foggy, and windy winter. Indeed, warmer temperatures provide the perfect envelope for outdoor activities like backyard BBQs, swimming, and...

 

 


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  • A honey bee packing pollen on a UC Davis almond tree. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
    Registration Now Underway for Almond Board of California Conerence

    The Almond Board of California (ABC) just announced that registration is now underway for its 50th annual Almond Conference, set Dec. 6-8 at the SAFE Credit Union Convention Center in downtown Sacramento. It's a gathering of folks from both the...


    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
  • Vegetable crops and irrigation advisor Zheng Wang (crouching) shares with growers the results of his grafted watermelon trials during a UC Cooperative Extension Field Day. Photo by Adrian Yepez
    Less water, more watermelon: Grafting can help growers yield more

    UC Cooperative Extension advisor tests ancient technique, new to California melons As growers across California navigate severe drought, supply-chain challenges and rising inflation, reducing inputs has become an existential necessity. And for...


    By Mike Hsu
    Author - Senior Public Information Representative
  • Vegetable crops and irrigation advisor Zheng Wang (crouching) shares with growers the results of his grafted watermelon trials during a UC Cooperative Extension Field Day. Photo by Adrian Yepez
    Less water, more watermelon: Grafting can help growers yield more

    UC Cooperative Extension advisor tests ancient technique, new to California melons As growers across California navigate severe drought, supply-chain challenges and rising inflation, reducing inputs has become an existential necessity. And for...


    By Mike Hsu
    Author - Senior Public Information Representative
  • Native bees foraging on capeweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
    Foraging on Capeweed

    Honey bees and native bees love capeweed, Arctotheca calendula, also called South African capeweed, cape dandelion and cape marigold or cape gold. It's an invasive plant originating from the Cape Province in South Africa (Here's what the...


    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist