UC Master Gardeners of Monterey
and Santa Cruz Counties
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Dear Gardening Friends: Welcome to our newsletter, with tips for local home gardeners. While we are not offering in-person classes and events, we hope you find this informative and helpful. 

In the Garden

What to Do in the Garden

photo credit: Washington State Dept of Agriculture

What to Do with Seeds from China

US residents have been receiving unsolicited packages in the mail from China marked "jewelry" containing unidentified seeds.

The USDA and California Department of Food and Agriculture advise recipients of these packages to NOT plant these seeds and do NOT throw them in the garbage. Instead, they request seed packages be turned in to their local Ag Commissioner office.
Both the Monterey and Santa Cruz County Agriculture Commissioner offices are accepting seed packages. For those who are unable to take it to their offices, please call to arrange a staff member to pick up the seeds from your home.

Ag Commissioner for Monterey County
1428 Abbott Street, Salinas, CA  93901
(831) 759-7325

Ag Commissioner for Santa Cruz County
175 Westridge Drive, Watsonville, CA 95076 
(831) 454-2620

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) said in a release: “Seeds for planting pose a significant risk for US agriculture and natural resources because they can carry seed-borne viruses or other diseases.” Since most seeds are still unidentified, resulting plants can become invasive, crowding out native plants. 

Statement from the California Department of Food and Agriculture

photo credit: Washington State Department of Agriculture
oak tree photo: UCANR

Learn to Identify Oak Trees

Have you wondered what type of oak trees are in your area? Check out the newly updated UC Oaks website if you want to learn to identify oak trees and oak-specific diseases.

The site contains helpful information for urban oak care for homeowners as well as for land planners and ranchers. If you have questions, there is an Ask the Expert form to contact oak educators and researchers.

photo credit: UCANR

Gardening Resources

Planting Schedules
Santa Cruz County (PDF)
Monterey County (PDF)

Growing Vegetables: California Garden Web Guide to Growing Vegetables
Plant Diseases for Common Vegetables: Plant Diseases for Vegetables and Melons
Growing Berries: Growing Berries in Your Backyard

Got questions? We have Advice to Grow By!

Class Resources
Our collection of class resources is always available, featuring presentations and handouts from our live (past) classes, including Edible Landscaping, Backyard Composting, Landscaping with California Native Plants, Seed Starting, Raising Chickens, Container Gardening and more.

Quail (c) Maria Gaura
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Our all-volunteer organization offers no-cost & low-cost research-based gardening and landscaping advice to the home gardeners in our beautiful Central Coast region. For more information on classes, resources, and advice, please visit our website.
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