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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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Thanks To All From The Mariposa Master Gardeners

Submitted by Sheri Mace – MARIPOSA – The UC Master Gardeners of Mariposa would like to thank all the gardening enthusiasts of our town for supporting two of our main events: The 2018 Spring Plant & Art Sale and the Annual Garden Tour. The proceeds from both events enable us to continue our community outreach programs such as public informational ...

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Mariposa Master Gardeners Spring Tour

MARIPOSA – The Mariposa Master Gardener’s annual spring tour this year includes two hillside pool-scapes (blending California native plants with traditional varieties), an inspiring lake-side organic garden (integrating animal husbandry), a mountain-view garden sprinkled with maple groves, and an enchanting creek side property with welcoming wildflowers, blooming along meandering trails, accentuated by enchanting yard art. On Saturday, May 19, the ...

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Mariposa Master Gardeners Host Transformative Workshop

COULTERVILLE — UC Master Gardeners of Mariposa County offer a free public Transformations Workshop on Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to noon at Big Table Ranch, located at 10332 Fiske Road in Coulterville. Four half-hour stations will help attendees discover ways to transform their outdoor spaces in the wake of years of drought, fire, and tree mortality. Those in ...

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Over The Garden Fence: Garden Insects

By Brian David (Mariposa Master Gardener) This year I am welcoming wasps and inviting insects to invade our garden. I am experiencing a paradigm shift (a fundamental change of underlying assumptions). It started when I heard, “Not all insects are bad. In fact, of the 92,00 species that have been identified in the United States, about 87,000 (95%) are either ...

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Mariposa Master Gardeners Plant Sale

MARIPOSA — Good news for green thumbs. Mariposa Master Gardeners have been propagating since last fall and seed-germinating since February in preparation for their annual spring plant sale and now the time has come. Stop by on Saturday, Apr. 28, starting at 8 a.m. in the Amigo Picnic Area at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds, located at 5007 Fairgrounds Road. The event lasts ...

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Over The Garden Fence: Transplanting Seedlings

By Brian David —  Efficient transplanting is a gradual process. Changing a plant’s environment and routine shocks them. Hardening off new container seedlings may take two weeks. So, place container seedlings outside for a couple hours their first day, increasing their stay by two hours each consecutive day. If you are gone during the day, place the seedlings in a ...

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Not Tonight, Deer: UC Master Gardeners’ Free Presentation

By Brian Moore — MARIPOSA — When we moved onto our property in 1999, I planted a garden. I did not use any amendments; the vegetables and flowers were radiant and our harvest abundant. Then came the battles. Along with the insects came moles, gophers, ground squirrels and devastating deer. 18 years into gardening in Mariposa County, we are again ...

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Over the Garden Fence: Starting Spring Seeds

By Brian David (Mariposa Master Gardener) —  February and March are months to try a spring garden. Spring gardening is a tango with fluctuating temperatures. You may need to combine starting seed indoors with direct outdoor seeding. Spring (cool season) vegetable seeds include several nutrient dense vegetables often planted at the end of summer for fall gardens. Cool weather vegetables ...

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Over The Garden Fence: Gardening As The Climate Changes

By Bob Labozetta (Mariposa Master Gardener) Gardening in this time of increasing global temperatures, rising sea levels, and changing environments is challenging to say the least. In our own locale, we notice significant impact on our backyard habitats: With higher average temperatures and inconsistent precipitation, plants are blooming earlier and growing seasons are becoming unpredictable. Even warm-weather plants like tomatoes ...

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