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ACP (Asian citrus psyllid) found in San Joaquin county

You may have heard that ACP (Asian citrus psyllid) was found in Lodi, Manteca and recently Stockton. The Master Gardeners are ready to answer your questions about this invasive pest. Click here to find out how you can help prevent the spread of this unwanted pest and what to do if you think you have it.

Water Conservation Tips   

Click here for water conservation tips and tricks and help conserve water!

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Valley Gardener's Journal For Year-Round Blooms

The San Joaquin Master Gardeners are excited about the Valley Gardener's Journal For Year-Round Blooms. This garden journal is now available for purchase and is great for any gardener. For more info click here!  

UC Garden Blogs
  • A honey bee encounters a lady beetle, aka ladybug, on mustard. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
    This Is Not Our Planet. Whose Planet Is It?

    Mention "beetles," and most folks think of that iconic English rock band from Liverpool. You know, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr? But to entomologists, "The Beatles," means "The Beetles."  You know, the ones with six...

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
  • These Asian giant hornet images from the Washington State Department of Agriculture shows (from left), an example of a worker; the specimen collected July 14; an example of the queen.
    Trapping the Asian Giant Hornet

    Just when folks were beginning to think "it may be over and done" regarding Asian giant hornet sightings,  it's not. The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has just trapped its first Asian giant...

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
  • Map from Calflora. Arrows and road names added by Ryan O'Dell.
    Invasion of Stinkwort into San Benito County

    Stinkwort (Dittrichia graveolens) is a very sticky annual weed in the sunflower family with a powerful smell similar to tarweeds (Brownsey et al. 2013). Its first observation in California was in Santa Clara County in 1984. Nearly 30 years later, it had...

    By Devii R. Rao
    Author - San Benito County Director and Area Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor
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    EVENT :: CA Rice Virtual Field Day

    Mark your calendar... This field day is open to the public. Please share broadly to those who may be interested in attending. California Rice Virtual Field Day When: August 26, 2020, 1:00-3:00 PM Where: Online Zoom Webinar Host: Whitney Brim...

    By Gale Perez
    Posted by - Program Representative




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  • Fire Resistant 01
    Wildfires and Garden Planting

    As our cities and towns continue to sprawl, an increasing number of Californians live in the urban-wildland interface where the threat of fires is particularly significant. The urban-wildland interface is the area where urban and suburban...

  • 2020 Summer Vegetable Gardening - Milnes
    Vegetable Gardening for the Novice

    A lot of us have turned to our gardens for exercise and solace during this pandemic. My flowers have never looked better! But I confess this is the first year I've had a vegetable garden in several years. Summer vegetables are well under way, but it's...

  • Chores
    Summer Garden Chores

     The long, lazy days of summer just beg us to come outside and play in the garden. Although there are just four “chores” per month in this article, it is easy to find more to do as we spend extra time outside.   July Ideas ONE...

  • Pest - Disease-Tobacco Mosaic virus photo
    Pests of the Season

    Plant viruses are very tiny unliving particles. In the midst of our current pandemic of COVID19, more accurately SARS-CoV-2, most of us are aware that viruses are minute packets of RNA (or DNA) surrounded by a protein capsid, but what some of us may not...

  • The ‘Lisbon’ lemon is productive and more cold tolerant than ‘Eureka’.
    Plants of the Season

    Trees: Lemons. Meyer Lemons (Citrus limon 'Meyer Improved') are originally from China and are a cross between a lemon and mandarin orange. This is a dwarf lemon tree that grows between 6-10 feet tall and is ideal for the home garden producing somewhat...