Sunday, December 8, 2019
Acorn Information, Identification, Processing, and Recipes
Growing California Oaks
Collecting, Storing, and Planting Acorns
An Introduction of Oaks
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
"CHARITY NAVIGATOR Your Guide To Intelligent Giving" - search results narrowed to Environmental Protection and Conservation in California.
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Sunday, December 6, 2015
Some species of soil-inhabiting pathogens in the genus Phytophthora, which means "plant destroyer", cause root and crown rot diseases of herbaceous and woody plants. According to UC IPM, "Almost all fruit and nut trees, as well as most ornamental trees and shrubs (including many California natives), can develop Phytophthora rot." During the first half of 2015 thirty-three Phytophthora species were identified in container stock samples from twenty nurseries. Seventy-five percent of the participating nurseries tested positive for at least one Phytophthora species. Detection has also occurred in native habitat restoration areas with devastating effect. Since inadvertent inoculation of native habitats by Phytophthora-infected nursery stock could severely impact wildlands, the native plant community is leading the battle. A "Working Group for Phytophthoras in Native Plant Habitats" has formed to better understand Phytophthora and develop best management practices to minimize the spread of disease. "In general, Phytophthora (now considered a water mold or oomycete) requires warm, moist soils in order to cause disease. The gardener will reduce the threat of Phytophthora by avoiding prolonged saturation of the soil. Irrigate only as much and as often as necessary. If using a drip system, place the emitters at least a foot away from the trunk. Avoid planting susceptible species on poorly drained or shallow soils." - UC IPM
Monday, May 18, 2015
The California Garden Web, from the UC Master Gardener Program, have great links to "Drought: Gardening Tips" and "Drought: Irrigation Tips."
Replace your turf grass and receive a rebate of up to $2000!
What is Xeriscaping? Creating Sustainable Landscapes
Insights: Water and Drought Online Seminar Series brings timely, relevant expertise on water and drought from around the UC system and beyond directly to interested communities.
California Major Reservoir Current Conditions and California Snow Survey and Snow Water Content- California Department of Water Resources
California Drought Monitor
California Fire and Smoke Monitor
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Friday, May 15, 2015
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
"Many who raise mason bees turn to paper liners. These treated paper or cardboard tubes fit into holes in wood or other medium, or are sometimes used alone. The bees nest in the tubes (or “straws”), which can be removed when the bees are mature. Fresh liners in the holes provide clean nest spaces for the following season." Home made mason bee paper liners by Randy Person.
Monday, May 11, 2015
Purple needlegrass (Stipa pulchra, Nassella pulchra) was designated the official state grass of California in 2004.
Friday, July 4, 2014
California State Rock is Serpentine and State Soil is San Joaquin Soil. And Check Out the Soil Survey Website for Soil Profiles!
"The San Joaquin Soil was designated as the official state soil in 1997. The designation commemorates the completion of the state's most comprehensive soil inventory and acknowledges the importance of soil."
SoilWeb: An Online Soil Survey Browser
"Explore mapped soil survey areas using an interactive Google map and view detailed information about map units and their components. This app runs in your web browser and is compatible with desktop computers, tablets, and smartphones." This is a great website for checking out soil profiles.... and more.