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Mariposa Master Gardeners Offering Free ‘Pruning Fruit Trees’ Workshop

MARIPOSA — The Mariposa Master Gardeners are offering a free “Pruning Fruit Trees” workshop on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon in La Grange. Maxwell Norton, Emeritus, Fruit and Nut Adviser for the UC Cooperative Extension, will be discussing types of pruning cuts, pruning tools and demonstrating when and how to prune nut trees, fruit trees, vines and ...

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Exploring an Oakhurst Community Garden With UCCE Master Gardener Randy Thompson

Picture of leeks on a table

OAKHURST — Randy Thompson, an active University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Master Gardener and Oakhurst resident, wants to start a community garden and perhaps recruit more master gardener candidates. “The process to become a Master Gardener is more involved and we will address that in future meetings,” he said. UCCE has maintained the Master Gardener Program in California since ...

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Over the Garden Fence: Getting Your Perennial Vegetables Through the Winter

Artichokes

By Bob Labozetta, UC Master Gardener, Mariposa MARIPOSA COUNTY — Perennial vegetables like artichokes, asparagus, rhubarb, and horseradish need protection to survive the freezing temperatures of winter that occur in our area. Artichokes may be hardy down to USDA Zone 6 and asparagus down to Zone 4, but they do need care before cold winter temperatures set in. For artichokes, ...

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UC Master Gardeners Of Mariposa County Presents A Native Plant Propagation Workshop

Intermountain Nursery

MARIPOSA — Native plants, ideally suited to our Mediterranean climate, offer Sierra foothill residents the chance to attract native pollinators to their yards. In a continuing effort to help area residents build sustainable landscapes, the UC Master Gardeners of Mariposa County would like to invite you to our “Native Plant Propagation” workshop on Saturday, September 21, from 10 a.m. to ...

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66,713 Hours One At A Time: Mariposa Master Gardener Awards

MARIPOSA — The UC Master Gardeners of Mariposa County honors 70 dedicated, UC-trained volunteers who provide research-based information to home gardeners and landscapers. Volunteers are recognized annually for hours of dedicated service in their community. Michele Minniear and Kathi Whitson achieved 100 service hours. Amanda Grissom, Bob Labozetta and Linette St. Vrain have dedicated more than 250 volunteer hours. Melinda ...

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The Growing Connection Between Radio And Gardening

By Jeanne-Ann Pine — I now wear two hats proudly. I have been involved with our local community radio, KRYZ for over three years and last May I graduated from the UC Master Gardeners of Mariposa. Both have been exceptional experiences. And somewhere along the way I was able to start a blend of these two interests and now they ...

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Over The Garden Fence: It’s Hot Out There!

By Bob Labozetta —  What can home gardeners do to help their plants — veggies, landscape plants, shrubs and trees — survive the intense summer heat? Here are some do’s and don’ts of hot weather gardening: Don’t fertilize plants or trees during the hot summer months. The purpose of fertilizers — especially those high in nitrogen — is to help ...

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Field Of Master Gardeners Grows In Mariposa

MARIPOSA —  The UC Master Gardeners of Mariposa County welcome 13 new graduates to their Master Gardener program. UC Master Gardener volunteers are trained representatives of the University of California Cooperative Extension. Trainees complete an 18- week course and pass a written examination to become ambassadors for the statewide UC Master Gardener program. They also complete annual volunteer hours and ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives: Forestiere’s Underground Gardens

By Sal Maccarone — It is accepted knowledge that most artists function primarily from the right side of the brain. This means that sometimes they will approach a problem or challenge in ways that most people do not understand. Under a “right-brain” spell for pretty much my whole life, I know what it is like to leave others scratching their ...

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