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Summer 2022

Editorial Notes

We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.
—Native American proverb

It looks like we are all excited about the upcoming summer. Many of us will be traveling, enjoying beautiful beaches, hiking amazing National Parks, or we might decide to simply stay close to home and enjoy family get-togethers with a bbq or some pool-side fun. We wish you a great time!

Due to climate change, the current extreme drought, and our proneness to wildfires, we also want you to be well prepared. With the current mandated water restrictions in place, we need to ‘be mindful of not only using water efficiently but using it responsibly.’ Living with Wildfire will always be part of living in California and although ‘fire-safer’ plants do exist – proper maintenance is the most important component when creating a firesafer landscape. The summer tasks for this season also includes advice on how to prepare your home and landscape against the threat of wildfires.

Hopefully you have spotted our ‘Ask a Master Gardener’ tables at local farmers markets. You might have questions about your newly planted vegetable garden or maybe you need more information on pests and plant diseases. Some of your questions are addressed in this newsletter. Including a video clip on using a gopher trap! In case you have more questions, do not hesitate to come and look us up at your local farmers market or contact our Help Desk.

The Earth is a fine place and worth fighting for.
Ernest Hemingway

Hedwig Van Den Broeck, editor for News to Grow By