UC Master Gardener Program
The University of California (UC) Master Gardener Program extends UC research-based information to the public about home horticulture. In exchange for the training and materials received from the University of California, master gardeners perform volunteer services in a variety of venues.
Check out the useful links on the left to answer your gardening questions.
North State Garden News
The cherries and peaches have begun to bloom at our office at the Young Family Ranch. That means it's too late for that last application of fungicide to prevent peach leaf curl. This hasn't been a wet winter, so if you sprayed your trees last fall your trees should be OK. Just relax and enjoy those lovely blossoms!
We're still far behind on rainfall this winter, so it's a good time to plan ahead to reduce water use. The Master Gardener Program has added information to their website to help you save water in your garden, landscape, lawn and trees. Check out Drought Gardening Tips. X
We had a fun workshop on fruit tree pruning last Saturday. Folks had some great questions about special pruning approaches for dealing with some of our mountain issues: bears and heavy snows. Like this little fella who offered to help me prune my fruit trees last spring... Conventional pruning recommends that you remove competing leaders if you're training the fruit tree to a central leader. I tend to leave small competing leaders in case I need a "back-up" due to breakage from a bear or snow. I remove larger competing leaders before they truly compete with the central leader. Where the bears or snow have removed my central leader, I've tried to re-train the fruit tree into a open center. I find that the open centers are subject to breakage from heavy snows. It is important to have strong branch attachment. Remove branches with narrow angles (likely to suffer from bark inclusion) in favor of scaffold branches with a 10 or 2...
Please join us for a fruit tree pruning workshop at the Young Family Ranch, 260 Oregon Street in Weaverville, Saturday, February 15th from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Starting at 1:00 pm, the workshop will provide a lecture/review on fundamentals of pruning, dormant vs. summer pruning, heading vs. thinning cuts, proper pruning cuts, disease prevention, appropriate tools and tool care, tips for restoring neglected, old fruit trees. At 2:00 pm, attendees can practice hands-on pruning with guidance from Master Gardeners. You can attend all or part of the workshops. Some tools and ladders will be provided. We encourage you to bring your own pruning tools if you would like to have them sharpened. Please dress warmly as the hands-on portion of the workshop will be held outside. In the event of rain, the lecture will be held, but the hands-on pruning will be cancelled. For more information, check out our website (cetrinity.ucanr.edu), call Carol Fall, UC Cooperative Extension, Trinity County...
Please join us for a fruit tree pruning workshop at Salt Creek Growers on Hwy 3 south of Hayfork this Saturday, February 8th from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Starting at 1:00 pm, the workshop will provide a lecture/review on fundamentals of pruning, dormant vs. summer pruning, heading vs. thinning cuts, proper pruning cuts, disease prevention, appropriate tools and tool care, tips for restoring neglected, old fruit trees. At 2:00 pm, attendees can practice hands-on pruning with guidance from Master Gardeners. You can attend all or part of the workshops. Some tools and ladders will be provided. We encourage you to bring your own pruning tools if your would like to have them sharpened. Please dress warm as the workshop will be held outside. In the event of rain, the workshop will be cancelled. For more information, check out our website (cetrinity.ucanr.edu), call Carol Fall, UC Cooperative Extension, Trinity County at 530-623-3746 or email@example.com. See you there!
2019 Master Gardener Training Class
The Master Gardener training, offered through Shasta College, has started and has a FULL class. Thanks for your interest!
The Master Gardener program is a nationally-recognized program for individuals who wish to increase their horticultural skills and then return that knowledge to their community as a volunteer. The program provides over 50 hours of classroom and hands-on training.
There are 17 training classes beginning January 22, 2019 and ending on May 21st. Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6 pm to 9 pm, with 2 Saturday classes, at the Young Family Ranch in Weaverville. Class topics include botany, pest management, soils, composting, plant propagation, entomology, plant diseases, irrigation, landscape design, turf management, fruit, vineyard and vegetable gardening.
For the 2019 training schedule Master Gardener curriculum 2019
For more information about the Master Gardener program contact Carol Fall, Master Gardener Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Straw Bale Demonstration Project
Check out our Straw Bale Demonstration Project at the Young Family Ranch Youth Garden. During the 2018 growing season, we'll be showing you how to set up and "condition" the bales, plant in them and hopefully grow a bounty of vegetables. We'll post photos and things we've learned here, so check back periodically.
With straw bale gardening the idea is to convert the bales into instant raised beds. You add high nitrogen fertilizer and water over a 2 week period to rapidly decompose the bales into a planting medium. They last one season then are used as compost or mulch.
We've received many requests for information on reducing water use in drought conditions. The UCCE Master Gardeners of Trinity County have prepared a handout with Water Conservation Suggestions for your Home Vegetable Garden .
IPM Youtube Channel
Do you like to watch and learn? Here's a fun way to learn more about pests with the Integrated Pest Management channel on Youtube.
Bug Squad Blog
It all happened because a praying mantis at the Bohart Museum of Entomology declined to eat all her dinner. She just wasn't that hungry. To take it from the top: The family craft activity at the Bohart's recent open house featured maggot art, in which...