Master Gardener Monthly Newsletter
June 2021
Featured Articles
2022 Master Gardener Training

UC Master Gardener volunteers serve their communities by supporting local projects, answering questions from the public, teaching workshops, leading plant clinics, and speaking on a variety of subjects. Do you live in San Mateo or San Francisco County? Are you interested in becoming a UC Master Gardener volunteer? Applications for the 2022 class will be available online at the beginning of June 2021 and accepted through July 15, 2021, on our website.
Summer Gardening Classes
UC Master Gardener Series (three classes)
South San Francisco Parks & Recreation Department
June-August, 10:00am-12:00pm

The three virtual classes that will be offered during the summer include summer vegetable gardening planning, compost basics for everyone, and good bugs/bad bugs on edible plants. Registration is through the South San Francisco Parks & Recreation Department and open to both residents and non-residents. An account needs to be created to register.
Pollinators Are Unsung Heroes of Planet Earth
UC Master Gardener
May 2021 Coastside Magazine

Bees are famous for spreading pollen from flower to flower, but just about anything that helps to distribute pollen from one plant to another can be called a "pollinator." The list of pollinators includes wind, birds, beetles, butterflies, moths, flies, wasps, and even humans. Read more. Also view other articles located on our Blog.
Online Classes, Videos & More
June Gardening Checklist
Grow Organic Peaceful Valley

June is the perfect time for direct seeding, and to plant lettuce such as Romain, use row covers, remove garlic scapes and cook them, stake and trellis your plants, mulch areas to retain moisture, plant summer cover crops, thin fruit from your fruit trees, and don't forget to enjoy your garden in June! View video.
How to Plant a Bee and Butterfly Garden
UC Master Gardener
San Mateo County Library
May 20, 2021, 4:00pm-5:30pm

Do you want more bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds in your garden? Learn how to attract pollinators to your garden by creating an inviting habitat, get to know our local pollinators and what they need to thrive, learn how to identify local pollinators at each stage in their life cycle, what makes an attractive habitat, and which plants pollinators need. Registration required.
Monster Artichoke Plant
UC Master Gardener

Once upon a time, just a little over a year ago, one of our Master Gardeners was gifted a small artichoke plant in a pot, she planted it in her backyard garden, and this year it is a monster-sized plant with an edible bud that became part of her dinner! How did that happen? Read more.
Family Birding Adventures

Spring is a great time for bird watching, especially with children, to explore the outdoors in order to experience what nature has to offer. There are many kid-friendly places in the San Francisco Bay Area to watch different types of birds in their natural habitat.  Some places include El Polin Spring in the San Francisco Presidio, Martin Griffin Preserve in Marin County, Bayland Nature Preserve in the City of Palo Alto, and Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge in the southern part of the Bay Area. View a guide of Common Birds of the San Francisco Bay Area, or view more free guides to explore other wildlife in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Backyard Composting Workshop
San Mateo County Office of Sustainability
June 26, 2021, 10:00am-12:15pm

This bilnigual workshop, instructed by local gardening and composting experts, will cover the basics of backyard hot pile composting via lecture and live demonstrations. By attending this workshop, San Mateo County residents qualify for a composting bin and discounted supplies. Registration required.
Greening the Outdoor Classrooms
A Canopy Webinar Series
May 20, 2021, 10:00am-11:30am

Increased use of outdoor learning spaces is top of mind for schools due to limitations posed by Covid-19 on indoor classroom use. In addition to reducing virus risks, outdoor learning benefits students’ social, emotional, and mental well-being. Research shows that trees and gardens create better learning environments for students by alleviating mental fatigue, improving attention, and encouraging hands-on learning outdoors, all of which can bolster academic performance. In this webinar, learn strategies for bringing trees and nature to school campuses. Find out how to design for success by anticipating roadblocks, identifying feasible opportunities, and engaging with key stakeholders. Registration required.
Gardening Resources
Choose the affected plant from photos displayed, click on the photo, remove any selections that do not apply, click on the plant names, and continue to filter selections to view the results for a possible diagnoses. Learn more.

Select links to access gardening resources, California Backyard Orchard, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), publications, and finding a local Master Gardener program. Learn more.

Do you need help picking plants for your sustainable home garden? Selecting from the “Arboretum All-Stars” list is an easy way to start making “green” choices for your great looking garden. Arboretum All-Stars are top plants recommended by the horticultural staff of the UC Davis Arboretum. They thrive in California’s Mediterranean climate and have qualities that make them great choices for sustainable home gardens. Use a searchable plant database to pick the perfect All-Star for your garden conditions. For more information, view their website.

Find helpful hints of things to do from January to December. Some examples of spring hints are: prune back herbaceous plants, transplant tomato seedlings, work your cover crops into the soil before they seed, remove aphids from plants with a strong stream of water, start planting summer annuals like lobelia, begonias, marigolds, cosmos, petunias, snapdragons and alyssum, and plant gladiolus, dahlias and lilies for summer blooms. View our monthly checklist.
Ask A Master Gardener!
Do you need help with your garden? Have a pest problem? Curious about what will grow well in your region?

Until it is safe to open our Helpline Offices to the public due to Covid-19, the Master Gardeners will continue to work remotely. All questions can be directed via email.

Please provide the following information to facilitate a prompt response:

1.   Name
2.   City of residence
3.   Email
4.   Phone, best time to call
5.   Description of problem/question -- for plant or pest problems, please attach photo(s)

Many, many thanks to all of our Helpline Volunteers who are working the Helpline remotely and keeping our clients happily gardening! For more information, visit Advice to Grow By – Ask a Master Gardener!

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