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Fire Safety in the Garden

Consider mulch type if you live in an area with fire risk

Mulch selection makes a difference One or two minutes may be all the warning you get when it comes to fire. Fire-safe gardening around your home can give you...

Posted on Sunday, November 25, 2018 at 1:53 PM

Passion fruit plant flourishes against the odds

This passion fruit plant picked up at a farmer’s market is thriving in it’s new home. (Photo by Rebecca Jepsen)

On a fluke I picked up a passion fruit plant at my local farmer's market. A few of my Master Gardener friends had been successful growing it and had raved...

Posted on Sunday, November 25, 2018 at 1:39 PM

What to do when you find an eight-layer yellowjacket nest

Only yellowjacket queens survive the winter. They emerge in the spring to build their paper-like nests (Photo by Deb Conway, Girlzwurk)

Yes, even yellowjackets can be beneficial insects. They feed on aphids, caterpillars, flies and even grasshoppers. They also help with your clean-up chores by...

Posted on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 5:37 PM

Steer clear of tarantula hawks

Tarantula Hawk finds its prey. (Photo from Oak “Woodland Invertebrates, The Little Things Count”.)

I was sitting on my deck here in Saratoga recently and noticed a beautiful, albeit very large, bug walking near me. I wasn't sure what it was, but after doing...

Posted on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 12:59 PM

Get fall garden going with help from harvest fest

Different types of cauliflower

Growing plants in the off-season is easy, productive and beneficial to our native birds, bees and bugs There are hundreds of varieties of veggies, herbs,...

Posted on Monday, September 24, 2018 at 5:56 PM

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