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Looking for practical tips, tricks, and how-tos?  Look no further than our blog - topics explore all sorts of typical garden problems, questions, and solutions for the Alameda County gardener. Read the blog...

Thirsty Plants in Time of Drought

Residential water restrictions during drought times require gardeners to know how to keep their plants alive while conserving water. Learn more through examples from one Albany, Ca-based gardener... read more

Soldiers in Our Garden

© Kathy Keatley Garvey
Not all garden insects are bad for your landscape or veggies. Learn how to identify and attract the soldiers in your garden: the beneficial insect friends that work with you to control and manage damaging pests. Learn more

Spring at Last, But Those WEEDS

Dandelion Seeds
It’s wonderful to see spring bulbs and flowers beginning to emerge.  But whether you have a garden in pots or in the ground, you may also be wondering how to get rid of the weeds coming up at the same time!  Read more...

8 Water-Wise Tips You Can Start Today

Irrigation Timer in Raised Planter at City Slicker Farms in Oakland, CA
Irrigation Timer in Raised Planter at City Slicker Farms in Oakland, CA
There are 8 easy steps you can take to save landscaping water right now that will have a significant impact and don’t take much time or cost. Read more

Your Alameda County Garden, Month-by-Month

Monthly Tips from Master Gardeners on gardening tasks you can do each month to make your garden healthy, beautiful and productive.

Advice to grow by. Just ask us!

The photos above illustrate the color progression from pale to intense yellow-green, from green to red in the Hydrangea, and ultimately to the smoky-r

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