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May/June 2015 Newsletter

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Most may not realize that over 97 percent of insects, spiders, and similar bugs (better known as “arthropods”) in home gardens and landscapes are beneficial. That is, they either do no harm, provide food for desirable species such as birds, or prey upon insects we consider bad and destructive to our crops. Knowing some of the most common good bugs, and how to help and not harm them, will help minimize pest problems and the use of pesticides…continue reading?

November/December 2014 Newsletter

The holiday season is one of the most popular times of the year for buying and giving indoor plants. Because most of these plants have a limited lifespan or bloom time, proper care of these plants is essential in determining how long they will survive and retain their appearance. Check plants thoroughly before purchasing for insect or disease problems. Monitor plants once a day and water them only when the soil becomes dry to the touch…continue reading? 

September/October 2014 Newsletter

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Honey bees are often not appreciated for their valuable contribution to agriculture. Without honey bees, we would not have the quantity or quality of many agricultural crops including almonds, citrus fruits, apples, cherries, melons and more. In fact, the USDA estimates that one-third of our food supply is directly or indirectly benefited by honey bee pollination. Of course, the honey bee’s sweetest contribution to our lives is honey…continue reading?