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Planting Bare-Root Fruit and Nut Trees

https://homeorchard.ucanr.edu/Fruits_&_Nuts/Plum_and_Prune/
Winter is a good time to plant bare-root fruit and nut trees. This allows their roots and shoots to develop when the weather is cool. When selecting a tree for your garden, you’ll need to consider both your climate zone (A, B, C) and microclimate conditions (wind, fog, elevation) along with the chill hours required for fruit production. See this article for details.

It's Rose Pruning Time

Rose pruning, photo by Janet Gilmore
January and February are the ideal months for pruning roses, before new growth emerges. Using clean and sharp pruners, remove dead, damaged, diseased and crossing canes, and canes thinner than a pencil. Make clean cuts slightly above a bud that points toward the outside of the plant. The amount of pruning needed will depend on the type of rose. For more on rose pruning, see these videos and these tips.

A Frequent Visitor on Cole Crops

Image source: Unsplash, Harald Arlander
Have you seen this distinctive butterfly flitting about your garden? It’s the adult cabbage butterfly of the imported cabbageworm. The larvae (caterpillars) enjoy feeding on the leaves of cole crops such as broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi and, of course, cabbage.

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    Planning to Plant? What to Know About Invasive Species

    It's the New Year and a gardener's thoughts naturally turn to planning new and interesting plants. For those ofus living on California's Central Coast, the mild climate and long growing season supports a wide variety ofvegetation. But beware: there are...

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    Cause for Celebration: Summer Blackberries!

    It's December and ‘tis the season to…think about blackberries! Our cool northern California coastal areas provide the perfect climate for growing sweet, flavorful blackberries. So take a break from the holiday rush and get going on summer's...

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    Seed Germination with Soil Blocks

    Our northern California coastal climate allows us to grow vegetables all year round. In contrast to many parts of the country, where gardens and gardeners are in hibernation, fall is also one of the best times to start winter planting and get a head...