Mary Tran

Something stinks about this bug

A year ago the UC Cooperative Extension, Central Sierra, asked you, “Have You Seen This Bug?” It was an alert to let El Dorado County residents know that the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), a new pest attacking many crops, might be coming. There are plenty of BMSB in Sacramento and other parts of the state. So far, […]

Grow For It! Storing the harvest: A cool problem

So your garden has turned into a fountain of tomatoes, zucchini, peaches and cucumbers — how cool is that? You have them for dinner every night and give some away to neighbors and the local food bank. Now what? You might want to freeze, “can” or dry your harvest but that’s a topic for another […]

Grow For It!: Lavender is like a puppy

We love them both. Puppies become our best friends. Lavender is treasured for its relaxing perfume, the beautiful flowers, and its echoes of traditional crafts and remedies. Both need a good home. For lavender this means planting in a place with sunlight all or most of the day, in soil that drains well. It tolerates […]

Grow For It!: Where are all the bees?

One of nature’s most precious resources, bees, are disappearing fast. Have you wondered why and whether you may be able to help? The term “colony collapse disorder” (CCD) refers to the sudden loss of the adult worker bees from a hive of honeybees, leaving the queen and unhatched larvae to die in the hive despite […]

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