Gardening

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...

Gardening: Shrubs: The ‘Bones’ of your Garden I January 2021

Text by Susan Moore Sevier, UCCE Master Gardener   On a trip to England and Wales, I eagerly anticipated touring several gardens. Expecting to view long stretches of stylized formal grounds, I was delighted to find...

Gardening: Choosing your holiday poinsettias • December 2020

Text by Anne Skinner, UCCE Master Gardener   Poinsettias, the classic holiday flower, are popping up in stores and nurseries. Here's what you need to know to get the healthiest plant to last the holiday season. Poinsettias...

Gardening: Lavenders For Drought Tolerant Gardens

Text by Pam Geisel and Michelle Strange, Master Gardener Advisors Emeritus Lavender is a delightful and useful garden plant. It can be used as a drought-tolerant low hedge, specimen plant, cut flower and an herb...

Gardening: Pomegranates – Pleasing the Palate and the Eyes

Text by Thea Fiskin, UCCE Master Gardener Pomegranates are an exotic fruit that date back to ancient times. In Persia, they were used as a carpet dye and in India, they were regarded as a...

Container Gardening • August 2020

During hot August days, working in the garden can be more of a chore than a pleasure. But container gardening can allow you to enjoy growing plants in places that you thought impossible or...