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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 male monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey) Butterfly Summit Features UC Davis Expert Art Shapiro
Posted 5/24/2018 - How's the butterfly population faring in north-central California? What do you plant to attract and sustain them? You can find out at the second annual Butterfly Summit, a free event hosted by Annie's Annuals and Perennials in Richmond.  The event...

UC Davis doctoral student and pollination ecologist Maureen Page has received prestigious three-year fellowship, a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, funded by the Department of Defense. A 'Page' in an Important Chapter on Wild and Managed Bees
Posted 5/23/2018 - Congratulations to doctoral student and pollination ecologist Maureen Page of the Neal Williams lab, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology! She's the recipient of a prestigious three-year fellowship, a National Defense Science and Engineering...

A honey bee approaches a Penstemon  Margarita BOP. BOP? That means Bee-Bopping with the Penstemon Margarita BOP
Posted 5/22/2018 - So we purchased a sky blue Penstemon cultivar with a tag labeled "Penstemon Margarita BOP." BOP? Bureau of Prisons? Bottom of the Pyramid? Business Owner's Policy? Basic Operation Plan? Breach of Peace? No, none of the above. It's an acronym for...

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