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What's New on the MG Site?
HLB, citrus greening disease, is now present in Orange County. The still incurable disease is spread by the tiny insect, the Asian citrus psyllid.
Interested in learning about Backyard Beekeeping in Orange County?
The UCCE Master Gardeners of Orange County are presenting a class with an introduction and overview on beekeeping. The class will be presented on 2 different dates.
Check out what Master Gardeners are doing in our community. Our volunteers are can been at many venues and events throughout Orange County, California. Check them out. Come visit us at one of the public venues?
Are you seeking solutions to conserving water in your landscape?
Please Join Us
Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Fun for the whole family
-Visit with various gardening industry vendors and water agencies
-Presentations and demonstrations
-Taste exotic fruit grown at the South Coast Research and Extension Center
-Food safety and preservation activities
-Free Tool sharpening
South Coast Research and Extension Center, 7601 Irvine Blvd., Irvine, 92618
Free Admission and Parking
Introducing Saturdays@SouthCoastREC, a new family-friendly adventure series for those interested in learning about gardening and food preservation.
Mark your calendars now! Our final event for 2016 will occur on November 5, 2016 from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at South Coast Research and Extension Center, 7601 Irvine Blvd, Irvine. We will highlight Gifts from the Garden and the Kitchen.
This is a free event with free parking.
Online registration in advance of the event is preferred, please visit this website to sign-up: Online Registration
There is a new threat to our coast live oak trees. A fungus associated with western oak bark beetle is causing the decline by spreading what is known as “foamy bark canker disease”. This has been found in urban landscapes in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Monterey counties.
There are plants specially suited to Southern California climates. Some are California natives that have been shown to do well in home gardens...
If the drought and warm weather has you frustrated with some of your typical garden plants and you are considering going with more native plants, you are in luck...
University of California Division of Agriculture & Natural Resources and Irvine Ranch Water District welcome you to the 6th annual Urban Landscape and Garden Education Expo. The event will be held Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Includes activities for the whole family.
Admission and parking are free.
Understanding Seeds - how to be successful when you plant seeds
Seed Buying 201 - Seed questions answered
Two new articles all about seeds for your garden from the Home Garden Seed Association
The 7th Annual Rose Pruning Workshop held on January 25th was a great success. The handout prepared by Annie Hall, the featured speaker, has been posted here...
Exotic fruit flies such as Mediterranean fruit fly and oriental fruit fly are among the most serious threats to California’s $43 billion agricultural industry and to the home gardener as well.
It's time to plan for the fall garden - tasty greens, healthy broccoli and cabbage, peas, beets, carrots, onions, asparagus, and more.
The Spotted Wing Drosophila attacks ripening fruit in many California counties. It infests raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, and strawberry crops, especially in coastal areas. It occasionally attacks other types of fruit with soft flesh, such as plums, plumcots, nectarines, and fig.
The Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer, a tiny beetle that drills into trees, has been found in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. It brings with it a fungus (Fusarium sp.) that infects the trees.
It attacks a wide range of trees, including Avocado, California Live Oak, California Sycamore, Liquidambar, and others.
What vegetables to plant now.
Tips for growing, harvesting vegetables and controlling pests.
April gardening tips from Yvonne Savio on veggies and edible flowers.
New information about boxwood blight.
Downy mildew on impatiens can cause defoliation!
Brown Widow spiders have moved into Southern California. Learn about these relatives of the Black Widow spider...
Bed bugs can be a real problem. Learn about monitoring for their presence...
Some recent questions from the Master Gardener Hotline about avocados:
Fruit drop, blackened fruit, pruning...
Growing broccoli, edible plants for the fall garden, crop rotation and more...
Fall gardening tips, Stephanotis, ants in citrus, holiday cactus, camellias and more...
Invasive Plants, planting times for cool-season and warm-season grasses, beneficial insects, and a tomato pest...
New Autumn-Winter Hotline Brochure, planting times for cool-season and warm-season grasses, and more...
My plants are growing well but the new growth has aphids. What’s the best way to get rid of them?
Hotline questions about gophers are starting to come in. Gophers can be extremely frustrating! Winter and early spring are the times to trap and control populations...
There are weeds sprouting in my lawn, and I’d like to identify them so I can use the right control methods to get rid of them. Can you help?
I have a few fruit trees in my yard, apples, peaches, oranges, and really need some advice on how to prune them. Can you help?
I planted a bamboo hedge in my yard, and it’s really pretty, and I love it. But now there are runners coming up in places where they shouldn’t. Is there any way to control this better – I don’t want to remove my beautiful bamboo.
The Master Gardeners who are in charge of our School Garden projects and workshops tell the parents at their workshops to talk to the kids' teachers and...
I just planted a blueberry bush which looks like it will be loaded with blueberries. How do I keep birds and other fauna such as squirrels and opossums from eating the blueberries before I can get to them?
Did you know the the Orange County Master Gardeners are active in the local community?