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Targeting the Asian Citrus Psyllid

The Asian citrus psyllid, about the size of an aphid, is a major threat to the multibillion dollar citrus industry in the United States.(Photo courtesy of the California Department of Food and Agriculture)

While you're peeling and segmenting your orange at breakfast or spooning orange honey on your toast, you're probably not...

Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 5:00 PM

Facebook Live: How to Select Plants at the Nursery

Missy Gable, Director of the UC Master Gardener Program and horticulturalist, is hosting a monthly Q&A Facebook Live series to answer gardening questions and give seasonal gardening tips. Join us on Facebook Live for the very first episode scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 27 at 11 AM PST. 

Link: www.facebook.com/UCMasterGardeners/ 

Facebook Live is an authentic and interactive way to interact with our audience in real time. It also allows the ability to build value, trust and raise brand awareness of the UC Master Gardener Program. Share the Facebook Live opportunity on your personal and local program pages and tune in to the UC Master Gardener Program Facebook Live broadcast! Let us know in the comments section what topics or questions you would like answered on Thursday or on future Facebook Live topics.

Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 8:08 AM

Why the Bohart Museum of Entomology Rocks!

Entomologist Joel Hernandez adds the finishing touches on a rock painted by his wife, Melissa Cruz, the outreach coordinator for the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Bohart Museum of Entomology at the University of California, Davis, rocks! Directed by Lynn Kimsey, UC Davis professor...

Posted on Monday, September 24, 2018 at 5:17 PM

Growing Winter Tomatoes in a Greenhouse

Advice for the Home Gardener from the Help Desk of the
UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County

Client's Request:  I've just set up a small garden greenhouse. It has a heater, warming mats, fans, etc. I'm thinking about growing tomatoes during the winter. Would you please provide some advice on such a venture?

Help Desk Response:  Thank you for your email to the UC Master Gardener Program Help Desk about growing tomatoes in the winter in a (warm) greenhouse. 
 

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This is a great project… something I've considered at times with my greenhouse, but have yet to try. Tomatoes are really a (tender) tropical perennial that can survive and produce for several years given the appropriate growing conditions, primarily eliminating cold conditions along with proper lighting. Other members of the Solanaceae family besides tomatoes (e.g., egg plants, peppers) can also be “overwintered” with proper protection and appropriate growing conditions. On the garden radio programs I listen to, overwintering peppers in pots in greenhouses to get a fast start on their second year of growth is apparently a current favorite.

It appears that University of California does not have significant information on growing tomatoes in a greenhouse for the home gardener. However, I've listed below a few links to reputable articles from other sources that may be helpful in setting up and growing tomatoes in a greenhouse at home.

There are also many other web sites and YouTube videos available on the subject, but I would use them cautiously, and cross-check other references if they seem “too good to be true”.

Please contact us again if you have further questions. Good luck with your winter tomatoes.

Help Desk of the UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County (SMT)


Note:  UC Master Gardeners Program of Contra Costa's Help Desk is available almost year-round to answer your gardening questions.  Except for a few holidays (e.g., last 2 weeks December), we're open every week, Monday through Thursday for walk-ins from 9:00 am to Noon at 2380 Bisso Lane, Concord, CA 94520. We can also be reached via telephone:  (925) 608-6683, email: ccmg@ucanr.edu, or on the web at http://ccmg.ucanr.edu/Ask_Us/. MGCC Blogs can be found at http://ccmg.ucanr.edu/HortCoCo/ You can also subscribe to the Blog  (//ucanr.edu/blogs/CCMGBlog/)

Posted on Monday, September 24, 2018 at 12:11 AM

Good Day for Two Open Houses Saturday, Sept. 22 at UC Davis

Watch out! A honey bee buzzes into the habitat of a praying mantis. Praying mantids will be exhibited Saturday, Sept. 22 during the Bohart Museum of Entomology open house. UC Davis student Lohit Garikipati  will display some of his mantids, including orchids. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you've often wished you could clone yourself to be able to attend two events on the same day at the University of...

Posted on Friday, September 21, 2018 at 7:11 PM

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