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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

Distinguished professor Bruce Hammock of UC Davis delivering his plenary seminar on Bruce Hammock Receives International Award for Research on Controlling Control Acute and Neuropathic Pain
Posted 12/15/2017 - On the path to pain, a little pleasure can unfold. UC Davis distinguished professor Bruce Hammock, who researches how to control acute and neuropathic pain, recently received an “outstanding achievement” award from the Eicosanoid Research...

Peek-a-bee! Hi, it's just me, a honey bee foraging on lavender in mid-December in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey) I'm Just a Little Ol' Honey Bee Foraging on Lavender
Posted 12/14/2017 - I'm just a little ol' honey bee foraging on lavender. I left my warm colony in Vacaville, Calif. to see if there's any nectar out there. My sisters are hungry. I'm not sure if we have enough honey to tide us over until spring. Look, here's some...

These are the caterpillars (larvae) of the Buckeye butterfly, Junonia coenia, that Ria de Grassi noticed on her firecracker plant. (Photo by Ria de Grassi) A 'Firecracker of a Surprise' in Davis: Who Knew?
Posted 12/13/2017 - When plant and insect enthusiast Ria de Grassi discovered caterpillars on her firecracker plant, Russelia equisetiformis, last July 10 in her yard in Davis, Calif., she asked noted butterfly authority Art Shapiro, UC Davis distinguished professor of...

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