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National Volunteer Week

Posted on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 11:47 AM

Happy National Volunteer Week

 
 
It is National Volunteer Week and we're reaching out to honor each and every UC Master Gardener volunteer past and present for their incredible work and generosity. Every part of our mission is possible because of dedicated UC Master Gardener volunteers. 
 
Thank you to for being agents of change in your communities, for connecting people to research, for protecting our environment, for connecting people to nature, and for so much more.
 
To help us celebrate this week, we invite you to share your stories about volunteering on Facebook and Twitter. Follow us at @UCMasterGardeners, so we have an opportunity to celebrate you and thank you for your generosity, for your commitment, and for your passion.  
 
Happy National Volunteer Week!

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Posted on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 2:57 PM

Facebook Live: Tips on How to Select and Plant Trees

Missy Gable, Director of the UC Master Gardener Program and horticulturalist, hosted the monthly Q&A Facebook Live series for October to answer gardening questions about selecting and planting trees in the fall.  

Link: www.facebook.com/UCMasterGardeners/ 

Facebook Live is an authentic and interactive way to interact with our audience in real time. It also allows the ability to build value, trust and raise brand awareness of the UC Master Gardener Program. Share the Facebook Live opportunity on your personal and local program pages and tune in to the UC Master Gardener Program Facebook Live broadcast! Let us know in the comments section what topics or questions you would like answered on Thursday or on future Facebook Live topics.

Posted on Monday, October 29, 2018 at 1:18 PM

Facebook Live: How to Select Plants at the Nursery

Missy Gable, Director of the UC Master Gardener Program and horticulturalist, is hosting a monthly Q&A Facebook Live series to answer gardening questions and give seasonal gardening tips. Join us on Facebook Live for the very first episode scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 27 at 11 AM PST. 

Link: www.facebook.com/UCMasterGardeners/ 

Facebook Live is an authentic and interactive way to interact with our audience in real time. It also allows the ability to build value, trust and raise brand awareness of the UC Master Gardener Program. Share the Facebook Live opportunity on your personal and local program pages and tune in to the UC Master Gardener Program Facebook Live broadcast! Let us know in the comments section what topics or questions you would like answered on Thursday or on future Facebook Live topics.

Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 8:08 AM

13 Ways to Make a Garden Pollinator Friendly!


June 18 - 24, 2018 is National Pollinator Week! National Pollinator Week is a time to recognize and celebrate the importance of pollinators. Worldwide, approximately 1,000 plants grown for food, beverages, fibers, spices, and medicines need to be pollinated by animals in order to produce the goods on which we depend. Support pollinators in your home or a community garden with these 13 ways to make your landscape more pollinator friendly. Visit pollinator.org for more information. 
  1. A variety of plants will be ideal for providing diverse sources of nectar and pollen. Choose at least 20 different plant types, or fewer if the types of plants are highly attractive to pollinators. Don't forget that night-blooming flowers will support moths and bats.

  2. Help pollinators find and use your garden by planting in clumps, rather than just single plants. Think about "landing zones."

  3. Include plants native to your region. Natives are adapted to your local climate, soil and native pollinators. If you want to see some locals, plant some natives!

    Photo Credit: Susan Pransky, San Diego County
  4. Overlap flowering times between seasons and use a wide variety of plants that bloom from early spring into late fall.Pollinators are in a constant search for new resources. Choosing plants with overlapping flowering times from February to October will allow bees and pollinators to continually forage in your garden.

  5. Consider plant climate zones. Plant for success! A plant's native climate range is important in determining if it will be attractive to bees visiting your garden (and if your plant will grow well in your garden or not!)
    Photo Credit: Carol Jesse, Alameda County
  6. Design a garden that has structure. The arrangement of plants in your garden will influence your ability to observe and enjoy pollinators. Plant the tallest plants in the back with the smaller ones in the front.

  7. Plant in the sun. Bees prefer to visit flowers in the sun, so avoid planting your pollinator-attracting plants in the shadier parts of your garden.
    Photo Credit: Kalaivani Sundarararjan, Orange County
  8. Reduce or eliminate pesticide use in your landscape, or incorporate plants that attract beneficial insects for pest control. If you use pesticides, use them sparingly and responsibly. Pesticides can kill bad insects as well as beneficial insects like bees, ladybugs and other predators of garden pests.

  9. Don't' forget about nesting bees! Not all bees have a hive. Make sure to leave some areas for bees to build their nests (either in bare ground or in prefabricated cavities in wood). It's ok to leave part of your garden un-mulched for ground-nesting insects to discover.

  10. Leave dead tree trunks and branches in your landscape for wood-nesting bees and beetles. By leaving dead trees, or at least an occasional dead limb, you provide essential nesting sites for native bees, but make sure these are not a safety hazard for people walking below. You can also build a bee condo by drilling holes of varying diameter about 3 to 5 inches deep in a piece of scrap lumber mounted to a post or under eaves.
    Photo Credit: Catherine Iwaki, San Luis Obispo County
  11. Provide clean water for pollinators with a shallow dish, bowl, or birdbath with half-submerged stones for perches.

  12. Create a damp salt lick for butterflies and bees. Use a dripping hose, drip irrigation line, or place your birdbath on bare soil to create a damp area. Mix a small bit of salt or wood ashes into the mud.

  13. Provide a hummingbird feeder and add to nectar resources. To make artificial nectar, use four parts water to one part table sugar. Never use artificial sweeteners, honey, or fruit juices. Place something red on the feeder. Clean your feeder with hot soapy water at least twice a week to keep it free of mold.
    Photo Credit: Hank Morales, Santa Clara County
     

Tips for how to make a pollinator garden originally published on the UC ANR Pollen Nation website. 

Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 9:25 AM

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