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Congratulations to the UC Master Gardener Class of 2022

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By Tery Susman. We are proud to introduce the new ‘crop’ of UC Master Gardeners of Mariposa County, Class of 2022! We graduated on May 13th after 17 weeks of extensive training both online and in-person. We had weekly zoom lectures on everything related to horticulture, from below the ground, up! We learned how roots, shoots, soil, water, insects, weeds, ...

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Over the Garden Fence: Plant-a-Row Season Begins

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MARIPOSA — Last spring, the UC Master Gardeners of Mariposa County (MG) took on the Mariposa County Plant-a-Row program. Since then, the program has been successful in partnering with local entities that work toward solving food insecurity struggles in the county. Last year Plant-a-Row members participated in the weekly Mariposa Farmers’ Market and collected produce from several of the vendors ...

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Over the Garden Fence: Transplanting Seedlings

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By Bob Labozetta (UC Master Gardener, Mariposa) So you’ve started your seeds in pots or trays and they have sprouted. Now what? When it’s too early to transplant seedlings out into the garden, but they’re too big to remain in their first containers (or your seedlings are crowding each other), you need to transplant them into bigger pots such as ...

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Over the Garden Fence: Monarchs & Milkweeds

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By Ron Allen, UC Master Gardener, Mariposa County Have you seen a monarch butterfly in the last few years? Probably not. Or, not many at least. Despite the name of our county, we do not see too many of these big, beautiful, orange and black butterflies which we remember from our youth in the Mariposa area. Their population in western ...

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Over the Garden Fence: Spring Seed Starting

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By Bob Labozetta (UC Master Gardener, Mariposa) Starting plants from seeds can save you money, give you the option of trying interesting varieties, and bring you closer to Mother Nature’s methods of propagation. Different seeds have different germination rates, so refer to seed catalog or seed packet directions to determine when and how to start your seeds. Visit http://cemariposa.ucanr.edu/Master_Gardener/ for ...

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Over the Garden Fence: What Vegetables Should I Grow?

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By UC Master Gardeners of Mariposa County Beginner vegetable gardeners are often stymied about what vegetables to grow in their gardens. The general rule of thumb is to pick easy-to-grow varieties that you enjoy eating. California has a unique Mediterranean climate that is suitable for growing many types of vegetables throughout the year. In cooler northern climates, most crops are ...

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Over the Garden Fence: Winter Gardening With a Greenhouse

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Ron Allen, UC Master Gardener, Mariposa County By using a greenhouse, a home gardener can extend the growing season into the chilly winter months. In Mariposa County, a typical small greenhouse can provide temperatures that are 10-15F warmer than outside ambient air. This is a sufficient bump in warmth to keep late season vegetables growing and protect sensitive landscape and ...

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Over the Garden Fence: Winter Soil Care

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By Helen Willoughby-Peck, UC Master Gardener, Mariposa Gardeners tend to think of winter and the cold weather as a period of rest from the chores of gardening. However, this is the perfect time of year to nurture your soil. Enhancing the quality of your soil is not difficult and doesn’t require expensive products. Soil is a complex, dynamic combination of ...

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Over the Garden Fence: Fall is the Time to Plant Natives

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By Ron Allen, UC Master Gardener, Mariposa Fall is the time to plant California natives. The weather is cooler, the first soaking rains are imminent, and yet there is still plenty of good sunlight. These factors make for good initial foliage growth and root development. The motivation for adding native plants comes down to one thing: water. Mariposa County enjoys ...

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Master Gardener Fall Plant Sale Coming Soon

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MARIPOSA — The UC Master Gardeners of Mariposa County will hold a Fall Plant Sale on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 8 – 1 p.m. (or until plants sell out), at the Amigo Stage area at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. Local master gardeners have been hard at work volunteering their time and expertise to bring you a wide selection of landscape ...

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