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Studies on biochar indicate potentially promising uses as a soil amendment
Thursday Feb 26 2015
Question: I am a well-read gardener living in Colfax, writing to ask your opinion of the new hot topic in gardening: biochar. For years I read that aerated compost tea was go ...
Easing the plight of the monarch butterfly
Tuesday Feb 10 2015
Question: I read in the news this week that the population of monarch butterflies is 91 percent less than it was two decades ago. What is happening and how can I help? Answer:&nb ...
Ask the Master Gardener: Bleeding sap from cherry tree could be linked to several causes
Thursday Jan 29 2015
Question: My well established sour cherry tree is bleeding sap from its bark at several places on the tree. I assume this bleeding must be related to the flower/leaf drop that made ...
Choosing Christmas plants that will survive outdoors in foothill winters
Thursday Dec 18 2014
Question: Some of my friends are gardeners and I want to give them live holiday plants for Christmas. Can you tell me which traditional Christmas plants can be later planted outsid ...
You can have olive trees without the fruit
Thursday Dec 04 2014
Question: My family enjoys our olive trees for the graceful beauty they bring to our property (curb appeal) but the olives are a nuisance. How can I stop the trees from bearing fru ...
Want cleaner air? Get some houseplants
Thursday Nov 20 2014
Question: I am concerned about the air quality within our home, especially in the winter when windows are not left open. A friend advises that houseplants could help purify the ind ...
When to harvest the perfect pumpkin
Tuesday Nov 11 2014
Q: I successfully grew six pumpkins this year in my garden. Of course I wanted ripe pumpkins for Halloween, but I wasn’t sure if they were ready to pick for Oct 31 - I ...
Know how to recognize black widow spiders
Thursday Oct 16 2014
Question: How do I know if I have black widow spiders in my garden? Answer: The western black widow spider (Latrodectus hesperus) — a native species — is quite common ...
Managing ants key to controlling aphids in crape myrtles
Thursday Oct 09 2014
Question: What is the best way to get rid of aphids in 30-foot crape myrtles? I tried using a power washer to hit the upper branches and knock them off the leaves — but that ...
Ask the Master Gardener: Mistletoe diverts vital water from trees during drought
Thursday Aug 28 2014
Question: I have mistletoe growing in my oak tree. How do I get rid of it? Answer: Mistletoe is a parasitic plant that absorbs both water and nutrients from its host plant. It is ...
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