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Getting help in the garden

Kate Russell is a UCCE Master Gardener in Santa Clara county.
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Gone are the days of barn raisings and community grain harvests, but that doesn’t mean you have to do all your garden work by yourself.  Let’s face it—gardening is work. [...]

Sunnyvale spotting of Asian gypsy moths has local gardeners worried

Kate Russell is a UCCE Master Gardener in Santa Clara county.
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Asian gypsy moths have just been spotted in Sunnyvale and officials are worried. You should be, too, because these invasive new pests can fly to the South Valley. A single [...]

Tips for a tranquil garden

Kate Russell is a UCCE Master Gardener in Santa Clara county.
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Your garden can be a bright, cheery, busy place, or it can provide the tranquility you need after a busy day. Transform your garden into a tranquil refuge with these [...]

Garden themes

Kate Russell is a UCCE Master Gardener in Santa Clara county.
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Avoid compacting your wet clay soil by staying indoors and planning a themed garden. Traditional garden themes include floral cottage gardens, manicured Renaissance gardens and classic kitchen gardens, with their [...]

Trees must be properly cared for during winter

Winter begins Dec. 21, which means it’s time to batten down the hatches. Homeowners should clear gutters of any debris, make sure their heating system is in top working order, [...]

Holiday plant care

Kate Russell is a UCCE Master Gardener in Santa Clara county.
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Most holiday plants receive too much water and heat, and not enough sunlight, to make it through January. Poinsettias, Amaryllis and miniature Christmas trees make delightful gifts, but they need [...]

Keeping costs covered

In the 1970s, Harry Last built an indoor pool for his British Columbia home. But the humidity of the room, the result of the warm indoor temperature from the pool [...]

Reptiles can be useful

Kate Russell is a UCCE Master Gardener in Santa Clara county.
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Reptiles in gardens? Let’s hope so! You may see a lizard scurrying for cover under your lettuces, or a snake slithering across your strawberry patch, but what are they doing [...]
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