Watch out for invasives!

Some of the worst invasive plants in California, brooms and yellow starthistle, have caused substantial changes to California’s wildlands. The organism that causes sudden oak death was inadvertently introduced to California forests on nursery stock and is estimated to have killed more than 1 million oak and tanoak trees during the last decade. Insect-carried diseases …

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They don’t really crawl in your ears

Earwigs get their name from the myth that they crawl into sleeping people’s ears and tunnel into the brain (not true!). Also called pincher bugs, they are most active at night. During the day, they gather in moist, dark, tight hiding places in the garden – under rocks or stones, boards, around vegetables, dense growth …

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Mulch gives you a big bang for your buck

The main benefits a layer of mulch on your vegetable or flower beds can provide include: Conserves moisture by slowing evaporation Reduces growth of weeds Helps reduce erosion    Adds organic matter as it breaks down  Increases water absorption and retention Makes surface areas more attractive With our current drought situation, we’re all trying to preserve …

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Five things you can do help the planet

April 22 is Earth Day – a time to reflect on what you can do to help protect the planet, beginning in your own back yard.  Here are five things you can do: Grow your own fruit and vegetables. You’ll cut down on fuel used to transport food.  Compost kitchen and garden waste. You’ll make …

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