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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!

What's Growing On - SJMG Blog

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
  • Artist Lisa Rico painted this photo of lavender and bees for the Vacaville Fire Art Project she founded. It's titled
    Beekeepers Among Those Benefiting from Vacaville Fire Art Project

    Some lost everything: Their homes, their barns, their farm animals, their bees, their livelihoods. The recent wildfire that roared through rural Vacaville, reaching the outer edges of the city, seared the souls of the victims but what's happening...

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
  • Soilborne diseases reduce strawberry yields and eventually kill infected plants. Photos by Joji Muramoto
    UC explores alternatives to fumigants for strawberries

    Strawberries, which generated $2.2 billion for California growers mainly on the coast in 2019, are sensitive to soilborne diseases. Strawberry plant roots infected by fungi are unable to take in nutrients and water, causing the leaves and stems to...

    By Pamela Kan-Rice
    Author - Assistant Director, News and Information Outreach
  • Monarch eggs are usually one to a leaf, but sometimes Mama Monarch deposits multiple eggs on a single leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
    Of Monarch Eggs, Ladybug Eggs and Oleander Aphids

    So you're growing milkweed for the first time--or found some milkweed--and you're trying to figure out how to identify a monarch egg. Monarchs lay their eggs on the underside of milkweed leaves--generally--but we've seen them on stems and on the leaf...

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
  • Photo courtesy of the Luskin Center for Innovation.
    When it comes to water access, the devil is in the details

    Greg Pierce is the Associate Director of the Luskin Center for Innovation at UCLA and serves as a Senior Researcher, leading the Water, Environmental Equity, and Transportation programs. Your research is centered on basic service provision, with a...

    By Faith Kearns
    Author - Academic Coordinator II




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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...