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Over the Garden Fence: Oak Tree Care and Maintenance During Droughts

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By Ron Allen, UC Master Gardener, Mariposa County Right now we are in the midst of extreme, widespread drought. One telltale indication is that oak trees in Mariposa County are dropping their leaves. What should one do? You don’t need to do much, but you should avoid basic mistakes. Here are some guidelines. Avoid disturbing the ground within 6 feet of ...

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Calling All Local Home Gardeners and Small Farmers!

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OAKHURST — You are invited to participate with Plant a Row and donate extra produce from your garden to be distributed to local residents in need of fresh, nutritious produce. Fresh produce donations will be accepted at Heritage House (5200 State Hwy 49N) on Mondays only from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and at Manna House (5127 Charles St) Monday ...

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4 Tips to Prepare a Pet-Friendly Fire Safety Plan

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After more than a year of nearly constant companionship, many pet parents are preparing to leave their pets at home while they transition back to the office. With more time away from home, it’s important for families to be prepared in the event of a fire. As COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, a vast majority of pet owners (91%) said they ...

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Recipe of the Week: Caramel Sticky Rolls

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There are no alarms set and you are cuddled up in bed after a good night’s sleep. It’s late morning and there is nowhere to go, no rushing around to do. No school bus, no work to be done, just relaxing at home with loved ones. However, breakfast is calling your name. Your stomach rumbles as your stumble toward the kitchen. ...

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Recipe of the Week: Sopapilla Bars

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Finding a unique dessert to impress others can be a tall task. Cakes, brownies and cookies are classics but can be boring and repetitive. When you want something easy, delicious and made to impress, think outside the sweet treat box. Next time you’re in a pinch for something sweet, try these sopapilla bars. They have a sugary, crunchy exterior, but ...

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Keeping Pets Safe in the Garden

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Consider these hazards that can negatively impact the well-being of your furry friends. Poisonous Plants – Some common plants can be dangerous for animals, causing anything from mild oral irritations and upset stomachs to cardiovascular damage and even death. For example, these are some of the toxic plants the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has ...

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Recipe of the Week: California Queso Fresco Fish Tacos

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While there are many ways to enhance the taste and texture of your family’s favorite dishes, perhaps one of the simplest and most impactful is the addition of cheese. From fish and seafood to veggie-inspired recipes, the dairy delight provides a versatile, flavorful ingredient. You can also use queso fresco to elevate the flavor of dishes like chilaquiles, or turn to ...

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Attract More Birds to Your Backyard: Basic Tips for Feeding Wild Birds

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With all the constraints people lived through in 2020, many turned to their own backyards – nature, in particular – for hope, solace, wonder and even entertainment. Despite the worldwide crisis, nature’s normalcy remained intact; flowers continued to bloom, bees continued to pollinate and birds continued to fly and forage food. A University of Exeter study, focused on nature’s impact ...

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Plant-a-Row Program To Soon Begin Accepting Fresh Produce Donations

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The UC Master Gardeners of Mariposa County are now overseeing the Plant-a-Row Program, which was established by Mariposa resident, Susan Taber, a few years ago. Partnering with several local growers, such as Raw Roots Farm, Shasky Farms, House of Greens, and Serrano Farms, along with other local groups, the Master Gardeners are helping to arrange the collection and distribution of ...

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