Garden

Garden: Hellebores – Hardly Boring

Story by Pam Wallace, UCCE Master Gardener A With autumn crisping the air, winter is just around the corner. Although it will be a relief to be rid of the valley heat, we also dread the...

Garden: Herbs Belong in Every Garden

Story by Sue Merrill, UCCE Master Gardener A lthough there are many definitions of an herb, a simple one that's easy to remember is "a plant from which roots, stems, leaves, flowers or fruits are used...

Garden: Hummingbirds in your garden

Story by Dianne Sharples, UCCE Master Gardener, Retired H ummingbirds have always fascinated people, and many enjoy trying to attract them. These busy, intelligent, curious and territorial little creatures are generally tolerant of humans and willingly...

Garden: Ornamental Oreganos

Story by Dorothy Downing, UCCE Master Gardener W hile thumbing through plant catalogs, I saw a plant so drop-dead gorgeous that I had to have it. It had little green bracts with tiny purple blossoms and heart-shaped...

Garden: Bush Bean Bonanza

Story by Pam Wallace and Bev Servadio, UCCE Master Gardeners B ush beans are one of the best crops for the beginning gardener to grow. Both bush and pole bean cultivars are members of the same...

Gardening: Begonias Keep Blooming

By Michelle Le Strange, UCCE Master Gardener Advisor, Emeritus   I f you are looking for a constant display of color throughout most of our growing season, consider begonias. The begonia family is huge, with more than...

Gardening: The Strawberry Tree

Text by Cathy Ronk, UCCE Master Gardener Program   I f you are shopping for a smaller, drought-tolerant tree, you might want to consider the strawberry tree, a charming evergreen with cinnamon-colored bark and dark green leaves. The...

Gardening: Plant Your Own Veggie Garden

Text by Michelle Le Strange, UCCE Master Gardener Advisor Emeritus   S pring fever is springing and valley gardeners should take advantage of the spring vegetable planting season. Our climate is perfect for raising great-tasting summer vegetables,...

Gardening: Attracting Birds to the Residential Backyard

Text by Donna K. Luallen, UCCE Master Gardener   E very year, we have another opportunity to host guests who eat little, require no fresh towels and yet go about their business with spirit and determination. Common birds...

Gardening: My Favorite Roses

Text by Priscilla Girard, UCCE Master Gardener   N ot all flowers are created equal and for me, nothing surpasses the beauty of the hybrid tea rose. Available in nearly every color or color combination imaginable, hybrid...