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    A Conversation About Garden Cover Crops

    What is a cover crop? It's a crop grown to feed and protect the soil when the garden is not being used for active food production. Cover crops can transfer nitrogen into the soil, provide large...

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    It's Time to Start Planting Your Winter Vegetable Garden

    Even though you may still be harvesting loads of vine-ripened tomatoes, peppers and other summer grown vegetables, in September it's time to make room for winter garden vegetables. If you delay, you...

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    In the Vegetable Garden When is Full Sun Too Much?

    ProblemWhile most of our garden plants need at least 6 hours of full sun to be productive, too much sun, especially when combined with too much heat, can be too much for plants to bear. Problems...

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    Prune Apricot and Cherry Trees in August

    Prune Apricot and Cherry Trees in August If you have apricot, cherry, or related hybrid tree varieties such as aprium and pluot in your yard, plan to prune them before the end of August. This timing...

  • Fertilizing Fruit Trees and Information on Chill Hours

    Fertilizing Fruit Trees and Information on Chill Hours" Advice for the Home Gardener from the Help Desk of the UC Master Gardeners of Contra Costa County Home Gardener...

  • Italian Cypress Problems

    Advice for the Home Gardener from the Help Desk of the UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County Help Desk:  Thank you for contacting the UC Master Gardener Program Help Desk with your...

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    Do You "No-See-Ums"

    Advice for the Home Gardener from the Help Desk of the UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County Request: We have lived in our house for 22 years in central County. Just the past few...

  • Grapefruit tree vs. Woodpeckers

    Advice for the Home Gardener from theHelp Desk of the UC Master Gardener Programof Contra Costa CountySubject: Grapefruit Tree vs WoodpeckerCllient's Request: How can we keep a woodpecker(s)...

  • Backyard Shade Tree Selection

    Advice for the Home Gardener from the UC Master Gardener Programof Contra Costa CountyClient's Request:  Hello. We would like to plant a shade tree in our backyard in mid-County. We have a...

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    Saving 50 Year Old Camellias

    Advice for the Home GardenerFrom the UC Master Gardener ProgramHelp Desk of Contra Costa County Client's Request:  An underground rodent (vole? Mole?) has attacked the roots of my Camellia...