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A different type of migration

Kate Russell

Kate Russell is a UCCE Master Gardener in Santa Clara county.

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Migration probably isn’t something you associate with gardening in Gilroy. But maybe you should. When we talk about migration, we generally mean large groups, moving from one region to another, due to seasonal changes, depleted food supplies, safety or reproduction. To most [...]

Vectors for plant disease

Kate Russell

Kate Russell is a UCCE Master Gardener in Santa Clara county.

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Few weeds come up as quickly and resiliently as common groundsel. Also known as old-man-in-the-spring, this European annual weed prefers Morgan Hill’s cool, wet winter weather, dying off each summer, but it never fails to return each year. Common groundsel description Like [...]

Fire safety in the garden

One or two minutes may be all the warning you get when it comes to fire. Fire-safe gardening around your home can give you the time you need to get out safely. [...]

Rounding the bend

Kimberly Ewertz

Kimberly Ewertz is a freelance writer for South Valley magazine and Gilroy Dispatch.
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Running through the sleepy town of Mount Madonna, the Shay engine powers the locomotive as local residents laze in the summer sun at the nearby creek, while others are hard at work at the town’s booming businesses: the mining company, sawmill and lumber company. The architect [...]

How does your garlic grow?

Kate Russell

Kate Russell is a UCCE Master Gardener in Santa Clara county.

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Being the Garlic Capital of the World means there are plenty of garlic goodies to be found in Gilroy, but growing your own garlic may be the most rewarding way to celebrate this cousin to onions, shallots, chives and leeks. In late spring, garlic plants may not look like much. [...]

Tours in two towns

Debra Eskinazi

Debra Eskinazi is the editor of South Valley magazine.
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Spacious parcels, stunning views, fertile gardens and interiors adorned with items from around the world describe some of the finest sites in this year’s homes and gardens tours. It would be enough if it were one tour, but Mother’s Day weekend offers two distinct tours in [...]

Fuzzy, but not friends

Kate Russell

Kate Russell is a UCCE Master Gardener in Santa Clara county.

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If you have citrus trees, you probably have citrus mealybugs. Cousin to scale insects, these tiny Morgan Hill pests are often overlooked. At first, you may see some sooty mold on a few leaves, an ant trail, or, finally, a telltale cluster of fuzzy white, tucked under leaves or [...]

Sap-sucking pests

Kate Russell

Kate Russell is a UCCE Master Gardener in Santa Clara county.

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Aphids, or plant lice, are nearly always a problem in the garden. This is particularly true in winter, when it comes to cabbage aphids. Cabbage aphids (Brevicoryne brassicae) can wipe out a cabbage crop before it ever gets started. Native to Europe, this pest of cole crops is [...]

Garden myths

Kate Russell

Kate Russell is a UCCE Master Gardener in Santa Clara county.

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Oxalic acid—you’ve heard the warnings, telling how rhubarb leaves and other plant parts that contain oxalic acid should not be eaten. But that’s not entirely accurate. Let’s learn the truth about oxalic acid in the garden. The chemistry behind oxalic acid As an acid, [...]

The bitter root

Kate Russell

Kate Russell is a UCCE Master Gardener in Santa Clara county.

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Chicory root coffee may inspire thoughts of pastry and jazz, but this rugged roadside weed has a place in Gilroy gardens and landscapes. Chicory is a woody perennial that comes in many different varieties, depending on the cultivar used: roots (var. sativum) and leaves (var. [...]
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