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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 [...]

A Passion for Plants: The tallest grass in the world

Nancy Schramm is the third generation owner of Carman's Nursery. She and her husband have lived in Gilroy for more than 30 years. Contact her at 408.847.22313 or visit www.carmansnursery.com
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Bamboo. Do you love it or hate it? If you don’t think you like bamboo, let me try to change your mind. To start with, bamboo is a collective common [...]

Got vegetables?

After all the work home gardeners have done preparing garden beds, pulling weeds and irrigating, summer is normally a time of plenty. Plenty to harvest, plenty to store, and what [...]

Glorious miniature cactus

Nancy Schramm is the third generation owner of Carman's Nursery. She and her husband have lived in Gilroy for more than 30 years. Contact her at 408.847.22313 or visit www.carmansnursery.com
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Ouch! That is my first thought when someone says “cactus”. But somehow a miniature cactus with glorious orange flowers has stolen my heart. Botanists call it Echinopsis chamaecereus or E. [...]
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