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Garden support/inspiration Rhonda Kutche, Proprietor

I can offer plant selection ideas, maintenance tips and help solve problems before they become large and costly. I can also work alongside you in improving the aesthetics and/or productivity of your garden. I'm comfortable working with absolute beginners to knowledgeable gardeners. I also LOVE working with children, and have years of experience in school gardens. While I can teach you to do many tasks in the garden, I don't do construction or landscaping projects, architectural or formal landscape designs, or building projects. However, I can recommend people who can do those things.

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Tiny house with detachable greenhouse!

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I’m diving into making wreaths, and it’s really fun! #giftsfromthegarden #diy #wreathdiy #holidays #wreaths


Night sleuthing for critters eating my napa cabbage!

THIS is why you need to be a night sleuth in your will see the rascals that have been decimating your garden that you'd never see during the day! #sluglife #thuglife #snailjail

Chip Drop | Wood Chip Service

Wood chips from tree companies are a great way to mulch your garden for FREE. They deliver right to your driveway, but you usually have to be willing to take a full load (3 yards or so). Check in with neighbors and share the wealth!

Here's a website that lets you order your FREE wood chips!

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UnAltered Essentials

Cool closeup of a mint leaf!

Tell me this isn't super cool. It is a mint leaf.

Did You Know That Possums Eat Almost All Your Yard Ticks?

Another way to look at possums... At night, when you catch sight of an opossum in your car headlights, you are allowed to think, 'That is one ugly little animal.'But what opossums lack in looks, they make up in originality.They're America's only babies-in-the pouch marsupial.They're a southern species -- proper name Virginia opossum...

doTERRA Gardeners’ Journal | dōTERRA Blog - Essential Oils Essential oils can be valuable tools for every gardener. Whether you are trying to chase away garden pests, improve health and growth of the plants, or restore

One Man’s Genius Idea To Grow Tomatoes

This is a super low-tech, high efficiency way to boost your tomato yield. Remember to withhold water as the tomatoes are ripening, to concentrate the flavor in the tomatoes! James Bryan had a bright idea that resulted in something brilliant.

UC Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County

Don't prune back frost damage until later this month!

Tip - Almost Safe
The average last frost date for our area is March 15, so there's still a possibility of cold weather damaging sensitive plants. Wait until then to prune frost damage. Also note, while you can't control the weather, fruit trees that have budded early during warm spells may be at risk. A late frost can destroy the buds and result in lower fruit production for the year.

How to Grow an Endless Supply of Ginger Indoors

I love using a little ginger in my juicing's a way to have it fresh all the time! By Meredith Skyer (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Ginger is the perfect herb to grow indoors. It’s very low-maintenance, loves partial sunlight, and you can use parts of it at a time, leaving the rest in the soil to continue growing. Besides, it’s delicious! Really, what’s not to…


Bye-bye water-sucking lawn, hello drought tolerant Mediterranean/native plants. You can do this!

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[01/05/16]   January 2016 Tips & Events by Santa Clara County Master Gardeners:

Christmas Tree Mulch
Your Christmas tree can give you pleasure all year if you recycle it into the garden. You can chop it up and compost it. You can also spread the needles or the branches with needles around plants as mulch. They will protect and gradually enrich your soil, and the needle structure allows water to pass through easily.

Pruning Fruit Trees
It’s time to start pruning deciduous fruit trees (except apricots). Make your cuts with care in order to direct the growth for next year. To have an open tree with good air circulation, make cuts above outward-facing nodes. Choose nodes where you want new growth and make a cut about a quarter inch above. UC offers an informative pruning guide.

Saving Cuttings for Grafting
When pruning your fruit trees, you can save cuttings to exchange with other fruit growers. Different varieties of fruit can be grafted onto related trees to give more kinds of fruit in a small space. You can have multiple varieties of apples on one apple tree, or you can even have peaches, nectarines, pluots and plums on the same tree. The Sonoma County Master Gardeners explain how to save scion wood.

Bare Roots
Another way to get more fruit is to plant bare root fruit trees. These trees are harvested when dormant and shipped to nurseries without soil. They typically cost less than trees in pots, are easier to handle, and you can get a better look at what you're buying (avoid plants with kinked, knotted, or diseased roots). Make sure to plant new trees promptly, don't let the roots dry out. The UC Home Orchard website has information about caring for young trees.

Asparagus crowns can be planted now. Dig a trench eight to twelve inches deep, mix in fertilizer at the bottom and cover with two inches of soil. Set the roots in the trench about 18 inches apart, and cover with two inches of soil. Gradually fill in the trench as the plants start to grow. Asparagus is a perennial vegetable that will produce for several years. It's best to wait until the second year to harvest to let a strong root system develop for long term production. For more information, read UC Davis' aparagus planting details.

Turn off Sprinklers
We’ve already been getting a fair amount of rain, and more is forecast for this winter. There’s no need to run the sprinklers if nature is taking care of your watering. When your soil gets waterlogged, there isn’t space for air that is needed for the plants and worms, and excess water can drown beneficial soil organisms and contribute to rotting roots.

Preparing Pots
If the weather isn’t nice enough to work directly in the garden, you can prepare for spring seeding and transplanting. If you are re-using pots, it's a good idea to clean them thoroughly. Washing them with a 10% bleach solution (1 part bleach to 9 parts water) will kill pathogens and prevent the spread of disease.

California State Flower
If you've had California poppies before, they'll start popping up all around as a result of winter rains. If you're interested in brilliant orange Spring color, you can still scatter seeds now. When choosing a spot to plant them, keep in mind that they re-seed themselves readily and they can smother nearby small plants.

More January gardening topics on our website.

January Events

Mon., 1/4, 7:00pm-8:00pm Building a Raised Bed for Vegetable Gardening
Morgan Hill Library, 660 W. Main St., Morgan Hill
Sat., 1/9, 10:00am-11:00am Hands-on Rose Pruning Clinic
Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Dr., Palo Alto
Sat., 1/9, 10:30am-11:30am Irrigation Planning for a Permanent Drought
Bascom Community Center, 1000 S. Bascom, San Jose
Mon., 1/11, 7:00pm-8:00pm Growing Salad Greens in your Garden
Gilroy Library, 350 W. Sixth St., Gilroy
Tue., 1/12, 7:00pm-8:30pm The New California Landscape
Campbell Library, 77 Harrison Ave., Campbell
Starting Tue., 1/12, 7:00pm-9:00pm Edible Landscaping: 3-Week Class ($41, $36 for Campbell residents)
Campbell Community Center, 1 W. Campbell Ave., Campbell
Sat., 1/16, 10:00am-12:00pm Smart and Beautiful Landscaping ($15, $10 GRPC members)
Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, 438 Coleman Ave, San Jose
Sat., 1/16, 11:00am-12:30pm Winter Fruit Tree Pruning
Berryessa Branch Library, 3355 Noble Ave., San Jose
Sat., 1/16, 2:00pm-3:30pm A Winter Start for your Summer Garden
Sunnyvale Public Library, 665 W. Olive Ave., Sunnyvale
Tue., 1/19, 7:00pm-8:00pm Beginning Gardening
Gilroy Library, 350 W. Sixth St., Gilroy
Wed., 1/20, 6:30pm-8:00pm Fruit Trees - Start or Add to your Home Orchard!
San Jose West Valley Branch Library, 1243 San Tomas Aquino Rd., San Jose
Thu., 1/21, 7:00pm-8:30pm Growing Fabulous Citrus
Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Rd., Palo Alto
Sat., 1/23, 9:30am-11:30am Pruning Deciduous Fruit Trees
St. Louise Hospital Demonstration Garden, 9400 No Name Uno Way, Gilroy
Sat., 1/23, 11:00am-12:00pm Growing and Saving Open, Self-Pollinating Peas
Santa Clara Central Park Library, 2635 Homestead Rd., Santa Clara
Mon., 1/25, 7:00pm-8:00pm Beginning Gardening
Morgan Hill Library, 660 W. Main Ave., Morgan Hill
Wed., 1/27, 7:30pm-8:30pm Roses - Growing and Winter Care
Los Altos Public Library, 13 S. San Antonio Rd., Los Altos

Massive El Niño growing in California, say models

Good news with possible down sides... There is growing evidence that California could see an even stronger El Niño event this winter than the one in 1997 that caused massive flooding across Northern California.

Powdery Mildew, Or Not? - Garden Mentors Not sure if you have powdery mildew infesting your garden? Learn to see the difference between this disease & natural colors. And, get tips for managing it.

Antidepressant Microbes In Soil: How Dirt Makes You Happy

I KNEW there was a reason I loved gardening! Soil microbes have been found to have similar effects on the brain as Prozac without side effects and chemical dependency. Learn how to harness the natural antidepressant in soil and make yourself happier and healthier in this article.

9 Vegetables That Grow in Mostly Shade Do you want to grow your own vegetables, but always thought you didn't have enough sun in your yard or on your balcony? Let me tell you what you can grow!

UC Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County

Tip - Peas, beets, and greens can be planted in the ground now, and many summer vegetables can be started from seed in pots. See our vegetable planting guide to help decide when to plant your vegetables.

Brewing Compost Tea for Better Plant Health | Garden Betty

Compost Tea...the best for your plants! Brewing Compost Tea for Better Plant Health - When other gardeners ask how I amend my soil, the answer is almost always with compost tea. It’s a safe and natural fertilizer that revives and repl...

FREE Class on Designing a Container Garden with Succulents

Laura Balaoro does amazing things with succulents and "found" containers. Laura Balaoro, a Certified Master Gardener and Garden Designer will do a live demo. Come and learn the do's and don'ts of succulents in containers , placements, design elements and techniques incorporating non succulent plants.

Tips for preparing your water-wise garden | Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County

Hands-on Learning opportunity...and it's free! Please join Master Gardener Cayce Hill on Wednesday, December 10 for a lunchtime talk in the Berger Water-Wise Garden.From 11:00-12:00 Master Gardeners and the public alike are invited to help out as we plant new plants, weed, prune, and mulch. At 12:00, and then again at 12:30 please join us for a…

October Gardening Topics | Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County

Check out these tips for your fall garden! With the cooling weather and soon-to-arrive rains, now is the time to clean up your garden beds in preparation for the winter. Many pest insects and diseases live over the winter in the weedy areas and dead plants left from the summer garden. Keep your planting beds clean and you will reduce next ye…

Depressed? Go Play in the Dirt

Interesting article about the mood-enhancing benefits of gardening... Exposure to friendly soil bacteria could improve mood just as effectively as antidepressant drugs.

Dealing with Powdery Mildew on Cucumbers & Squashes - Garden Mentors Frustrated by powdery mildew on cucumbers, squash & melon vines - just as the crop begins to come in? Keep your plants healthy & eat well via our tips!

UC Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County

Protect your fruit trees from sun scald...

Sunburn & Fruit Trees

To prevent sunscald on deciduous fruit tree trunks and exposed branches, paint with a white, water-based interior latex paint cut 50% with water. Preventing sun damage can help reduce entry areas for borers. A proper leaf canopy will help shade the trunk, branches and fruit, minimizing sunburn. For more info, read: Sunburn on Fruit Trees and Planting and Care of Young Fruit Trees (PDF).

Starting Cool Season Vegetables Now for Winter Harvest Join Master Gardeners in our Demonstration garden to learn when and how to start your Cool Season Vegetables. Summer is the time to start thinking a

Watering Succulents in Container

Do you have succulents in containers? Read on! (Shared from Laura Balaoro's website) There has been a lot of questions, ideas and opinions on when and how often to water Succulents in containers.  Since succulents hold water in their stems, leaves or roots, they can withstand a lon...

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