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!

 

May in the Garden

What to plant?

  • Direct seed in the garden cucumbers, melons, summer squash, beans, corn, and annual herbs.
  • Plant sunflowers, zinnias, cosmos, marigolds and aster in the flower garden.

Chores:

  • Fertilize summer blooming flowers early in the month.
  • Apply (or re-apply as needed) organic mulch to all beds to keep the soil cool and enrich the soil. Be sure to leave space around the base of the plants.
  • Trim the dead flowers but not the leaves from spring bulbs. The leaves restore the bulb; so wait to remove them until they turn yellow. Fertilize the bulbs after the bloom is finished with bone meal.
  • Later in the month prune spring flowering shrubs to shape, removing old and dead wood. The plants flower on the growth that happens during the summer; do not prune in the fall or winter or you will have no flowers on the shrub.
  • Continue the battle against slugs and snails.
  • Deadhead (cut off spent flowers) to get continuing bloom on annuals and perennials.
  • Thin peaches, plums and nectarines so there is 6” between fruits.

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.

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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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Garden Advice and Workshops

 

Join us at the Colusa County Fair!

June 9-12

Etchepare Hall


Colusa Farmers Market

June 2, evening

Memorial Park, 10th & Market


Arbuckle Farmers Market

June 15, evening

Downtown Arbuckle

 

Featured Plant

Fescue

California fescue

Perennial

Medium size

California native

Fescue

 

 

Master Gardener Blog

Feel the Buzz: Want to Become a Master Beekeeper?

Find the queen? This photo was taken in the apiary of Jackie Park-Burris Queens, Palo Cedro. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Want to feel the buzz? If you're a beekeeper and have kept bees for at least a year, you might want to become a Master Beekeeper. The E. L. Niño Bee Lab, directed by Extension Apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño, University of California,...

Posted on Friday, May 27, 2016 at 3:54 PM

Christine Merlin: Why Those Monarchs Migrate When They Do

Texas A&M University biologist Christine Merlin examines a monarch. (Photo courtesy of Texas A&M University)

From her post at Texas A&M University, located at College Station, 90 miles northwest of Houston, Christine Merlin basically has a front-row seat for the monarch butterfly migration. She sees them heading to Mexico to overwinter, and she sees them...

Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 3:54 PM

No Sweat? Yes, Sweat!

Sweat bees from the genus  Lasioglossum on an Iceland poppy. This image was taken with a NIkon D800 with a 60mm macro lens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ever seen a mob of tiny sweat bees? The bees below, from the genus Lasioglossum  (as identified by native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, distinguished emeritus professor of entomology at the University of California, Davis), just about...

Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 5:13 PM
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