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Over the Garden Fence: Gardening for the Physically Challenged

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By Bob Labozetta, UC Master Gardener, Mariposa MARIPOSA — Gardening is a great physically activity that keeps one’s mind, spirit, and body in healthy condition. Offering exercise, sunshine, food and ornamentals are optimal benefits of this outdoor exertion. Age and physical limitations may seem to preclude this enjoyable avocation. However, careful planning, new techniques and modified garden implements can make ...

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How to Use Mulches for Undercover Gardening

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By Brian David, UC Master Gardener, Mariposa California’s winter rains patter on fallen leaves and brown grasses above soils crawling with sub-terrestrial animals. Natural mulch feeds a crescendo of green emerging to meet the sky. Mulching is a cycle of plants and trees laying down their old lives to produce the earth’s new life. When we spread organic matter over ...

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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

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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


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

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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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