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Gardening Tips

The backyard gardeners of our area have a multitude of challenges when they begin to garden. From our microclimates, elevation, soil ranges to what to plant when and where.

The Master Gardeners can help with the questions our gardeners have.

Visit the Gardening Tips section of our counties' Master Gardeners.

Bug Squad

A monarch sips nectar from a tropical milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey) How to Attract Pollinators to Your Garden
Posted 9/22/2017 - It's a great topic. Horticulture experts at the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden will join forces with the Yolo County Master Gardeners on Sunday, Sept. 24 to present a free workshop on "Pollinator Gardening." The event takes place from 10 a.m. to...

The setting sun backlights the European praying mantis, Mantis religiosa, perched on a passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey) Pardon Me, Is This My Best Side?
Posted 9/21/2017 - She's easy to find. A European praying mantis, Mantis religiosa,  hangs out in our passionflower vine, Passiflora, the host plant of the Gulf Fritillary butterfly. Mantis religiosa is an introduced species, that is, non-native. We introduce...

A native bee, Anthophora urbana, buzzes over a tropical milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey) Bee-ing All You Can Be and See and Do
Posted 9/20/2017 - What a weekend for bee and gardening enthusiasts! It's a shame we all can't clone ourselves and be in two places at the same time! The 40th annual Western Apicultural Society conference at the University of California, Davis, just concluded and now...

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