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Prune It Or Lose It? Free Tree Pruning Workshop

MARIPOSA — Prune it, or lose it? Prune it correctly, or lose it? Heck, why should the backyard orchardist worry about pruning anyway? Pruning a tree is the art and science of removing specific branches or stems to benefit the whole tree. A goal of pruning is to remove dead, damaged and diseased branches to help prevent insect & decay ...

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Over The Garden Fence: Happy New Earth

By Brian David —  This new year welcomes us into its vibrancy. Air, water; sand, clay and silt pulse with wiggling earthworms, dancing bacteria and exercising fungi. From the soil’s fertile womb our earth births seeds into plants and covers her modest bare ground with carpets green and brown. Three fourths of all plant roots interact in mutually beneficial relationships ...

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Become A Master Gardener And Keep Local Information Alive

MARIPOSA — As the gardening season winds down, gardeners always think about the future. What can we do to improve our soil? Enhance our landscape? Ease the workload? What plants have caught our eye? Master gardeners are thinking about the future in a different way. Master Gardeners go through training to help you with gardening challenges. We write, answer questions, ...

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Bats, Pumpkins And Tarantulas: Over The Garden Fence

By Brian David —  Guided by sonar, night vision and the earth’s magnetic field, the Pallid, Mexican, and California Myotis bats – flying near fifty miles an hour – eat nocturnal insects mid-air. A dining night out delivers over half a bat’s body weight in nutritious insects. Central California crops including beets, citrus, corn, cotton, pecans, peppers, rice, strawberries and ...

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Library Workshop: Landscaping Under Native Oaks

OAKHURST — When she was younger, Linda Hancock and her siblings often played under the native oaks trees that grew on their parents’ property in North Fork. Today, Hancock is a Master Gardener in Madera County who volunteers to teach people about oak trees native to the mountain area and how to landscape under them. On Saturday, Oct. 13, Hancock ...

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Master Gardeners Fall Plant Sale And Native Grasses Workshop

Submitted by Sherri Mace – MARIPOSA – It’s that time of year when the UC Master Gardeners of Mariposa County gear up for their Fall Plant Sale and Native Grasses workshop. They’ll also be at the 33rd annual CoyoteFest in historic downtown Coulterville on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Master Gardeners are proud to participate ...

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Learn About Gardening In The Foothills With Master Gardeners

Written by Greg Dunn – MARIPOSA – If you’re a foothill-area landscaper, gardener or would-be gardener, let the University of California Master Gardeners of Mariposa County help you with university-based research on gardening in our foothill locale. The UC Master Gardeners offer workshops, a free helpline, a website and a Facebook page (both overflowing with great tips and event notices) ...

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Over The Garden Fence: Tomato Diseases

By Helen Willoughby-Peck —  Most home gardeners who grow tomatoes have experienced  problems with tomato diseases.  Tomatoes can suffer a variety of diseases and environmental factors contributing to poor production, foliage damage, or plant death. Here are a few of them that you might be seeing on your tomato plants this summer with possible solutions to ‘cure’ your plants. Tomato ...

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Over The Garden Fence: Tomato Pests

By Helen Willoughby-Peck (UC Master Gardener, Mariposa) It is a good idea to take a walk in your garden every day. It is good for you, but more importantly, it is good for your plants. Observing your plants on a regular basis can help control pests beginning to enjoy your tomatoes before you can. When caught early, pests are usually ...

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Over The Garden Fence: Getting Help, Finding Answers

By Brian David (UC Master Gardener, Mariposa) In Mariposa we can access answers to gardening questions through the University of California’s Master Gardener Helpline. Belinda Gilbert and Diane Timmins, UC Master Gardener Helpline volunteers, explain the helpline process. What is the purpose of the U.C. Master Gardener’s Helpline?  We receive calls from people wanting help identifying insects or plants. Sometimes ...

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