Colusa County
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Colusa County

Master Gardeners

 

 Science based solutions for Colusa County's gardening communities.

The UCCE Master Gardeners of Colusa County volunteer's donated 802 hours and made 1458 face to face contacts in 2014/15.

 

This is what we do!

Click here for a short video!

 

Fairy Garden workshop

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  • Tuesday August 30, 6-8pm
  • 100 Sunrise Blvd, Colusa, Conference room
  • $25 fe includes plants, soil and container.
  • The fee does not include accessories.
  • Patti from Davison's Drug will be at the workshop with accessories to purchase or you can bring your own.
  • In Colusa County, fairy garden accessories can be purchased at Davison's or Fouch's.
  • Deadline August 23 or until the class is sold out. THIS CLASS WILL SELL OUT.

Click here to sign-up and pay.

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July in the Garden

  • You can still plant seeds of annuals: zinnias, marigolds, sunflowers and alyssum will grow and bloom this year.
  • Be sure everything is well mulched for the heat of summer. Water before 10 am to avoid fungal infections and to minimize water loss to evaporation.
  • If you have blackberries in your garden, cut the canes that bore fruit to the ground. Tie up 3-5 of the new canes and fertilize to promote new growth.
  • Cut canna stems to the ground as they finish flowering to encourage new stems to grow.
  • Dig and divide bearded iris that have not been divided for 3 yrs. Cut the foliage on the divisions to 6-8 inches, replanting only new rhizomes and discarding the old rhizomes.
  • You can dig and divide other bulbs after the foliage has died off.
  • Deadhead blooming plants as they finish flowering to promote continuing bloom. Fertilize roses after each burst of blooms.
  • Cut back lavender after flowering to promote a second bloom. You can prune by half to keep the plant in bounds.
  • If you have fruit trees, be sure to pick up dropped fruit to prevent brown rot from developing and leaving spores for future infection.

Asian Citrus Psyllid

Asian Citrus Psyllid is an insect that carries a devastating disease in Citrus trees and there is no cure. The insect and disease is usually detected in home citrus first. Click here to read more about the Asian Citrus Psyllid and the Huanglongbing disease.

The Asian Citrus Psyllid has been found in San Joaquin County.

Click here to read about the Asian Citrus Psyllid from the UCCE Master Gardeners of San Joaquin County.

Click here for Spanish

 

UC Master Gardeners of Colusa County

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The University of California Master Gardener Program provides the public with UC research-based information about home horticulture, sustainable landscape and pest management practices. The program is administered by local University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) county offices that are the principal outreach and public service arms of the University’s division of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The UC Master Gardener program supports sustainable gardening practices that protect the environment, conserve natural resources, and take into consideration each gardener's lifestyle and goals.

 

What do UC Master Gardeners do?

UC Master Gardeners are trained to help residents of California become better gardeners. Using a variety of activities such as workshops, lectures, and garden hotlines these volunteers answer questions about home horticulture, sustainable landscaping, and integrated pest management using University of California research-based information.

After their training UC Master Gardeners are qualified to help the public with problems in areas such as:

  • Weed Control
  • Plant Problem Diagnosis
  • Integrated Pest Management (insect and pest control)
  • Soils, fertilizers and irrigation
  • Selecting and caring for fruit and landscape trees
  • Growing annuals, perennials and food crops
  • Lawn care
  • Vegetable Gardening
  • Plant Pathology
  • Composting

 

Each county develops programs to address local needs. Some typical activities are:

  • Using mass media to disseminate gardening information
  • Teaching workshops, or lecturing on gardening practices
  • Participating in research activities with academics within UC
  • Answering gardeners’ questions via email or helplines
  • Speaking to the public on horticultural and gardening topics
  • Manning county fair information booths
  • Consulting with gardeners to improve their landscape practices

 

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Date

Garden Advice and Workshops

Colusa Farmers Market

Thursdays, 4-7pm

Memorial Park, 10th & Market


Arbuckle Farmers Market

Wednesdays, 5-7pm

Downtown Arbuckle

 

Featured Plant

Fescue

California fescue

Perennial

Medium size

California native

Fescue

 

 

Master Gardener Blog

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The news is out.  It's what they've been searching for. In a groundbreaking discovery, a scientific team of Brazilians and Brazilian-born chemical ecologist Walter Leal of the University of California, Davis, has announced that the Zika virus has...

Posted on Friday, July 22, 2016 at 2:26 PM

From Venomous Scorpions to Neuropathic Pain Research

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Fascinating stories in the scientific world... Have you heard about the entomologist who went from researching venomous scorpions to alleviating human neuropathic pain? That would be Bora Inceoglu, who holds a doctorate in entomology from the...

Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 1:11 PM

Hold That Tiger!

The Western tiger swallowtail (Papilio rutulus) approaches a plumbago in the Storer Garden, UC Davis Arboretum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

When you're chasing a tiger, you don't have to worry about the fangs or the claws. No worries about this tiger. This tiger has wings. If you head over to the Storer Garden at the UC Davis Arboretum, you'll see plenty of tigers, Western tiger...

Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 1:49 PM
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