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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 honey bee pollinating an almond blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey) Steve Sheppard: Keynote Speaker at UC Davis Bee Symposium
Posted 2/28/2017 - Do you know how to keep your bees healthy or do you want to learn more about bees? Registration for the third annual UC Davis Bee Symposium, "Keeping Bees Healthy," set Sunday, May 7 in the UC Davis Conference Center, gets underway on Wednesday, March...

The egg case or ootheca of a praying mantis, is attached to the stem of a lavender plant. Note the small hole on the left, near the top--the exit hole of a parasitoid, according to Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey) A Delightful Find
Posted 2/27/2017 - Any day's a good day when you find the ootheca (egg case) of a praying mantis in your yard. It's much better than finding an Easter egg. Ootheca comes from the Greek word "oo," meaning egg and the Latin word, "theca," meaning a cover or container. A...

A frame from a hive. The California Honey Festival will feature honey, mead, bees, speakers, live music, a kids' zone, and arts and crafts. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey) It's a Honey of a Festival
Posted 2/24/2017 - It's going to be a honey of a festival. Truly. And Amina Harris would love it if you're interested in participating in this event or volunteering. Harris directs the UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center, Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food...

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