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Fire Ants

Did you know that fire ants are actually native to southern Brazil? They currently can be found in eleven …

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Protect Yourself From Sunburn

Memorial Day is usually the unofficial start to summer. With summer comes time in the sun in the garden, …

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Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees are easy to confuse with bumblebees. Behavior and appearance are two characteristics that can be used to …

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What Flowers Can You Eat?

When we see flowers, we usually use our sight and our smell to enjoy their beauty. But did you …

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Anthracnose of Pepper

Pathogen Anthracnose is caused by a group of fungi within the genus Colletotrichum. The two main species associated with peppers are C. gloesporiodes and C. …

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Growing Beans

The National Gardening Bureau has selected the Garden Bean as their vegetable of the year for 2021. I have …

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Calico Scales About to Hatch!

Calico scale, Eulecanium cerasorum, was accidentally introduced to California from Asia in the 1920s. It has now become established …

Asian Giant Hornet

Update on Asian Giant Hornets

Last year, there was a lot of media buzz (no pun intended) surrounding the introduction of Asian giant hornets …

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National Volunteer Week 

April 18–24, 2021, is National Volunteer Week. I want to take this opportunity to recognize and thank all volunteers …

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Termites

With April’s warming weather, and rain showers, we will likely be seeing an increase in termite swarming. Termite swarmers …

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Evergreen Clematis

Clem-a-tis or Cle-mat-is – how do you pronounce it? Either way is fine and usually most gardeners know what …

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First Day of Spring!

We have just passed the first day of Spring and we may be starting to see some light at …

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Rainwater Harvesting for Homeowners

Although rainwater harvesting has been practiced for thousands of years, recent concerns over water supplies and the environment have …

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