Tuesday’s Tips — July Gardening

It's getting really hot pretty much everywhere, so we're going to focus on keeping your plants well-watered. Plants transpire (evaporate) water vapor through tiny holes on their leaves — mostly on the underside. This helps to cool the plant and draws nutrients from the soil and roots to the upper parts of the plant. On hot... Continue Reading →

Tuesday’s Tips — June Gardening

Our gardens are starting to take off this month and we're really excited to see how it's all going to come together as our plants begin to fill out. Don't forget to make notes in your journal about what you're doing. (Where did I put that journal???) Water and Weed It's been hot and dry... Continue Reading →

Tuesday’s Tips — Tomato Thieves

It's tomato season! We've all been waiting for it, dreaming about it since the last of the sun-warmed tomatoes were enjoyed so many months ago. We've been carefully watching our lusty beauties in anticipation of this year's harvest. But guess what? There are plenty of other creatures that have been eagerly awaiting this very same... Continue Reading →

Tuesday’s Tips — Companion Planting

Companion Planting Each spring as we make plans for planting our vegetable gardens, one of our guides is the ancient tradition of companion planting. Companion plants are mutually beneficial, helping each other by increasing nutrient uptake, pollination, productivity, or by controlling pests. You should also be aware that certain plants should not be planted near... Continue Reading →

Tuesday’s Tips — Phenology

Here's a fascinating set of tips courtesy of Mother Nature. Using Nature to let you know when to plant crops by observing bud break on plants, the first appearance of specific insects, or the migration of birds is an age-old gardening/farming technique. The study of this practice is called phenology. And although it can sound... Continue Reading →

Garden Workshops and Master Gardeners

Barbara: The wonderful UCCE Master Gardeners of Orange County are at it again. They'll be presenting a series of five exciting gardening workshops March 13 — May 15 at the Farm and Food Lab in the Great Park in Irvine (details below and in the sidebar). If you live in Orange County and are a... Continue Reading →

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