Rebecca in the Mercury News

Master Gardener Rebecca Jepsen writes the “Ask a Master Gardener” advice column monthly originally published in the San Jose Mercury News which appears in the paper the first Saturday of each month.


Keep on Saving Water!

Keep on Saving Water!

Do we still need to keep on conserving water? If, so what are my choices for cutting back while still enjoying having plants, shrubs and flowers around for me as well as the birds, bees and bugs? Actually there are LOTS of gorgeous water-wise options – even when it comes to having a lawn!



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Keep on Saving Water!

Are we still in a drought? Do we still need to keep conserving water? And, if so, how do I keep flowers, trees, and shrubs alive for me and the birds, bugs and bees? There are LOTS of gorgeous water-wise options to choose from – even for a low maintenance, low-water lawn!



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Grow your Soil to Grow your Garden

Grow your Soil to Grow your Garden

Jul 20, 2016 | Rebecca in the Mercury News If you see holes like this in the ground, with debris around the entrance and little piles of castings nearby, there is a good chance they were created by earthworms, which help aerate and feed the soil. (Courtesy of Jack Kelly Clark/UC Statewide IPM Program) Do […]



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Keys to Growing Healthy Trees

Jun 22, 2016 | Rebecca in the Mercury News Knowing soil types and water requirements may help us grow healthy vegetable gardens and flowers, but it is also vital when it comes to trees. Igor Lacan, environmental horticulture adviser for UC Cooperative Extension, says as we move toward warmer temperatures with less predictable annual rainfall, we will need to make […]



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