January 2018 - Successful Pruning of Trees and Shrubs
Article by Lexy Martin, Photograph by Denise Abella
Pruning & Training, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California, 2017
Really everything you need to know from getting started to pruning mature trees including the ten basics of when and how.
Pruning Basics, Oregon State University Extension Service – Lane County, 2012. http://extension.oregonstate.edu/linn/sites/default/files/pruning_pub_handout2012.pdf
Priorities of pruning, equipment, when, types of cuts, training for shape, FAQs. Also covers berries, roses, and ornamentals.
Mature Tree Pruning Tree Care, UCANR Publication 28922. April 2, 2008 http://ucanr.edu/sites/gardenweb/files/28922.pdf
A one pager that summarizes pictorially the essentials of pruning for maximum tree health. It provides the principals, shows how, and shows the difference in results between topping (bad) and thinning (good).
Ingels, Chuck and Pamela M. Geisel, Carolyn L. Unruh, Fruit Trees: Training and Pruning Deciduous Trees, UCANR Publication 8057. December, 2002 http://anrcatalog.ucanr.edu/pdf/8057.pdf
Pruning for dwarf to full-size trees, from immature to mature – the how, when, where, and amount to cut.
February 2018 - Soil Testing: Why and How
Article by Carol Feldman, Photograph by Rick Brown
Rosen, Carl J. and Peter M. Bierman, Roger D. Eliason. "Soil pH Modification". Department of Soil, Water, and Climate. University of Minnesota. March, 2014. http://articles.extension.org/pages/13064/soil-ph-modification
Fake, Cindy. "Soil Analysis". University of California Cooperative Extension. University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Publication 31-074C. April, 2015. http://ucanr.edu/sites/placernevadasmallfarms/files/142586.pdf
"Have your soil tested". UCCE Orange County Master Gardeners. University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
March 2018 - There’s a Fungus Among Us!
Article by Julie Saare-Edmunds, Photograph by Pauline Sakai
UC IPM's Plant Problem Diagnostic Tool
Flint, Mary Louise. Pests of the Garden and Small Farm. UCANR Publication 3332. 2nd Edition. 1998. http://ipm.ucanr.edu/IPMPROJECT/ADS/manual_gardenfarms.html#toc
Dreistadt, Steve H. Pests of Landscape Trees and Shrubs. UCANR Publication 3359. 3rd Edition. 2016. http://ipm.ucanr.edu/IPMPROJECT/ADS/manual_landscape.html
April 2018 - Weeds---Pull Early, Pull Often
Article by Elaine Applebaum, Photograph by Sue Nelson
Le Strange, M. and C. A. Reynolds. Pest Notes: Weed Management in Lawns. UCANR Publication 74113. March 2016. 26 April 2017. http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn74113.html
Quick Tips: Weeds in Landscapes. UC IPM Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program. University of California. March 2014. http://ipm.ucanr.edu/QT/landscapeweedscard.html
Quick Tips: Weeds in Lawns. UC IPM Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program. University of California. May 2016. http://ipm.ucanr.edu/QT/lawnweedscard.html
Weed Resource & Information Center. Cooperative Extension & Agricultural Experiment Station. University of California. 25 April 2017. http://wric.ucdavis.edu/
Wilen, C. A. and C. L. Elmore. Pest Notes: Weed Management in Landscapes. UCANR Publication 7441. March 2007. 17 April 2017. http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7441.html
May 2018 - Irrigations Considerations
Article by Carol Feldman, Photograph by Pauline Sakai
Drip Irrigation Basics. UC Master Gardener Program of Sonoma County. University of California. 2017.
Goldy, Ron. Soil type influences irrigation strategy. Michigan State University Extension. Michigan State University. February, 2012. http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/soil_type_influences_irrigation_strategy
Phelps, David. Hydrozoning saves water. UC Marin Master Gardeners. Marin Independent Journal. June 2015. http://www.marinij.com/article/NO/20150605/FEATURES/150609888
Bennaton, Rob. Composting and Water Conservation. Urban Agriculture. University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources. February 2015. http://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=16800
June 2018 - Good Bug/Bad Bug
Article by Joan Goff, Photograph by Elaine Applebaum
Garden Notes: Attracting Beneficial Insects to Your Garden. UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County. Garden Note 129. July 2015 http://sacmg.ucanr.edu/files/77452.pdf
Natural Enemies Gallery. University of California Agriculture & Natural Resources. UCIPM. n.d., http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/NE/index.html
Insects, mites, mollusks, nematodes. University of California Agriculture & Natural Resources. UCIPM. n.d., http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/menu.invertebrate.html
Biological Control in Gardens & Landscapes. University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources. Statewide Integrated Pest Management. n.d. http://stream.ucanr.org/biocontrol_final/index.htm
July 2018 - Winter Vegetable Gardening
Article by Judith Myrick, Photograph by Pauline Sakai
Smith, Edward. The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible. Storey Publishing, MA, 2000.
Geisel, Pam. Vegetables. University of California. The California Garden Web. n.d. http://cagardenweb.ucanr.edu/vegetables
The California Garden Web website serves as a portal to organize and extend to the public the University of California's vast collection of research-based information about gardening. It focuses on sustainable gardening practices and uses a question and answer format to present solutions. This link to the page on vegetables provides information on planning your vegetable garden, preparing for planting and caring for vegetable crops. Links to profiles on individual vegetables are also provided.
UC Master Gardeners of Placer County. University of California. http://pcmg.ucanr.org
August 2018 - Biotic Diseases and Abiotic Disorders
Article by Cooki Vonasek, Photograph by Pauline Sakai
Costello, Laurence R., and Edward J. Perry, Nelda P. Matheny, J. Michael Henry, Pamela M. Geisel. Abiotic Disorders of Landscape Plants, A Diagnostic Guide. Oakland, CA. Regents of the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources. 2003
Isleib, Jim. Signs and symptoms of plant disease: Is it fungal, viral or bacterial?. Michigan State University Extension. December 19, 2012. http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/signs_and_symptoms_of_plant_disease_is_it_fungal_viral_or_bacterial
Goldberg, Natalie P. Extension Plant Pathologist. Plant Disorders and Diseases. New Mexico State University Gardening Advisor, NM Cooperative Extension Publications. Chapter III: Plant Problems, Section III.A. n.d. http://aces.nmsu.edu/desertblooms/nmsugardening/docs/chap_3/chap3.a.pdf
Zkinzer, Kasia. Common Plant Diseases in the Landscape and Garden. North Dakota State University Extension Service. April 9, 2011.
Tjovosvold, Steve, and Steve Koike. Distinguishing Abiotic and Biotic Symptoms in Plants. Topics in Subtropics, A collaborative blog by UC farm advisors and specialists in subtropical horticulture in California. May, 29, 2015. http://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=17827
Kennelly, Megan, and Judith O'Mara, Cary Rivard, et.al. Introduction to Abiotic Disorders in Plants. American Phytopathological Society. 2012. http://www.apsnet.org/edcenter/intropp/PathogenGroups/Pages/Abiotic.aspx
September 2018 - Don’t Plant an Invader
Article by Peggy Beltramo, Photograph by Carolyn McElhany
DiTomaso, J.M. and C.E Bell, C.A. Wilen. Invasive Plants. UC ANR Publication 74139. June 2017. http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn74139.html
About Invasive Plants. PlantRight. 2005-2017. https://plantright.org/about-invasive-plants/
Invasive Plant Inventory. California Invasive Plant Council. CAL-IPC. 2017. http://www.cal-ipc.org/ip/inventory/index.php
October 2018 - Marvelous Spring Bulbs
Article by Ann Beinhorn, Photograph by Sue Nelson
Sacramento Bulb Planting Schedule. Sacramento County Master Gardeners. UCANR Publication 156298 pdf. 2017. http://ucanr.edu/sites/sacmg/files/156298.pdf
Five Best Bulbs to Plant in Fall. Fall Planting Site. Sunset. April 2017. http://www.sunset.com/garden/flowers-plants/bulbs-to-plant-in-fall
Flowering Bulbs for Georgia Gardens. UGA publications. UGA Cooperative Extension. Feb. 2016.. http://extension.uga.edu/publications/detail.cfm?number=B918#What,
Cornwell, Ron, and Floyd Giles. Bulbs and Other Rooting Structures: Bulb Basics. University of Illinois Extension. 2017. http://urbanext.illinois.edu/bulbs/bulbbasics.cfm
Pittinger, Dennis R. California Master Gardener Handbook, Oakland Calif.: UCANR Publications, 2002.
Brenzel, Kathleen Norris, Editor. Sunset Western Garden Book. Menlo
Park, Calif.: Sunset Publishing Company, 2007.
November 2018 - Considering a Vineyard?
Article by Becky Summers, Photograph by Pauline Sakai
Ingels, Chuck. Growing Grapes (table, wine, raisins) in Your Backyard. The California Garden Web. University of California. http://cagardenweb.ucanr.edu/Growing_Grapes_in_the_California_Garden/
Home Gardener’s Guide to Viticulture Resources. Master Gardeners of Placer County. n.d. http://pcmg.ucanr.org/files/227711.pdf
December 2018 - A Successful Backyard Orchard
Article by Lynora Sisk, Photograph by Laurie Meyerpeter
Why Have a Backyard Orchard? The California Backyard Orchard. Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California. n.d.. http://hoeorchard.ucanr.edu/
UC Davis Fruit and Nut Research and Information Center. University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. n.d. http://fruitsandnuts.ucdavis.edu/
Savonen, Carol. Espalier training of fruit trees is fun, but demanding. Oregon State University Extension Service. 13 March 2003.
Carson, Jim and Gary Shimizu, Chuck Ingels, Pamela M. Geisel, Carolyn L.Unruh. Fruit Trees: Planting and Care of Young Trees. UCANR Publication 8048. 2002. http://homeorchard.ucdavis.edu/8048.pdf
January 2019 - Tools for Success in the Garden
Article by Carol Feldman, Photograph by Rick Brown
LaFayette-Kelleher, Coby. Offbeat Garden Tools. UC Master Gardener Program of Sonoma County. n.d. http://sonomamg.ucanr.edu/2010_Feature_Articles/Offbeat_Garden_Tools/
Kappos, Carmen. Garden Tool Care. The Backyard Gardener. August 26, 2015. http://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=18779
Woods, Jackie. Winterizing Garden Tools. UC Master Gardeners-Diggin’It in SLO. November 21, 2015. http://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=19596
Success with Summer Vegetables
Article by Nikki Duncan, Photograph by Pauline Sakai (Tomatoes) and Rick Brown (Squash)
Geisel, Pam. Vegetables. University of California. The California Garden Web. n.d. http://cagardenweb.ucanr.edu/vegetables/
Placer County Master Gardener Planting Guide. Version 2.0, UC Master Gardeners of Placer County. January 2017. http://pcmg.ucanr.org/files/197684.pdf
Growing Vegetables in Placer County. UC Master Gardeners of Placer County. n.d. http://pcmg.ucanr.org/Vegetables_/
Strategies for Success (Theme)
Article by Lexy Martin and Carol Feldman, Photograph by Rick Brown