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Learn To Prune Fruit Trees For The Best Summer Harvest

MARIPOSA COUNTY — While the weather may not put one in mind of spring and flowering fruit trees, this is the time to be thinking about preparing for a bountiful harvest next fall. Do you know how to prune your fruit trees so that they are the strongest, best shaped, and ready to provide you with the juiciest fruit possible? ...

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Flea Market Holiday Gardening

FleaMarketGardening.org There’s no reason to stop decorating when you reach the back door. Continue right out into the garden! Many holiday decorations can transition easily into ‘gifts’ for the birds, as in decorated trees, or can act as focal points that add some color to a snowy or barren garden scene. It really makes decorating fun when it’s this simple! ...

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Local Farm, Local Teen Go Back To Basics

By Bethany Morgan — Teenagers live in a fast-paced world full of technological distractions. Because of this, we often do not take the time to connect with the natural world or sometimes even our own families. Every year in October I am set free from the distraction of a 21st century teenage life and transported back to a simpler time, ...

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The Garden Door To Nowhere

Fantasy & Magic in the garden… Ever since seeing this image of Karen’s Crafts “Door to Nowhere,” I have wanted one of my own. Transported willing and quietly by my husband, Tractor Man, to our new property in the foothills of California, I now also have a bit of ‘nowhere’ in which to work. These elements add up to tell ...

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Quaint Color for Autumn In Flea Market Garden

The addition of blue in the traditional warm Fall color scheme makes this chicken coop dazzle and delight! Dandi Gentry made her chickens the stars of this colorful little scene and the focal point is her stunning stained glass window of a rooster.  She stuck with French and Cobalt blues, orange and buttery yellow with a tiny bit of pink. ...

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Free Master Gardeners Events In October

MADERA COUNTY – With Fall planting season upon us, now is the time to take advantage of free garden advice and workshops presented by UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners. There will be three events in October to answer questions and get you motivated. The first is a Garden Advice Clinic at Western Sierra Nursery in Oakhurst on Saturday, Oct. 3, ...

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Time Now To Become A Master Gardener

MADERA COUNTY – Madera County Master Gardeners will be hosting a Meet-and-Greet evening for anyone interested in becoming a Cooperative Extension Master Gardener. The program has annual training classes that provide participants instruction about important garden ing topics. After completing the training, Master Gardener volunteers perform 25 hours of community volunteer work and complete 12 hours of continuing education each ...

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Master Gardeners Workshop On Harvesting Rainwater

Written by Elizabeth Gabriel MARIPOSA – According to various reliable websites, Mariposa’s average rainfall over the last 30 years has been 31 to 33 inches, depending on the source. That’s a lot of water you could be capturing (current lingo prefers “harvesting”). Why should you do it? The answer is obvious. We all want save as much water as possible, ...

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Master Gardeners Say Water Your Prized Oaks

MARIPOSA COUNTY – “Give an oak a chance,” said Mariposa County Master Gardener Coordinator Kris Randal, for whom oaks are a passion. That chance includes giving them some water during our record drought, contrary to most previous advice. She and Greg Giusti, a forest and wildlands ecology advisor for Lake and Mendocino counties, are offering guidelines for keeping oaks from ...

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Native And Drought-Tolerant Plant Workshop

MADERA – The gardening public is invited to come and learn from Master Gardener Karen Petryna about ways to slowly convert your yard to more drought-tolerant landscaping, as she presents a Native and Drought-Tolerant Plant Workshop sponsored by Madera Master Gardeners. Native and drought-tolerant plants can reduce your use of water, pesticides, and fertilizer which will save you time and ...

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