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A different type of migration

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, [...]

Vectors for plant disease

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, [...]

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 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 [...]

How does your garlic grow?

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 [...]

Fuzzy, but not friends

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 [...]

Sap-sucking pests

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 [...]

Garden myths

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 [...]

The bitter root

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 [...]
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