Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Monsoon Madness Sale

For the last two years the Master Gardeners have held a yard sale in Prescott, Arizona to raise money for their community projects. This years was a big hit. Check out the pictures
The sale is held in July.

Monday, July 27, 2009


One day I walked out to the vegetable garden and discovered some very limp cantaloupe leaves. I was surprised because nothing else in the area was wilted. Then I turned over the leaves and there to my horror was the reason for the wilting. Local ants had set up an aphid farm on the plant. The undersides of the leaves were crawling with aphids with ants scurrying amongst them. I sprayed the leaves down with water but it was too late. The plant continued to decline and is now a few limp sad leaves hanging on. Aphids haven't been much of a problem for me. This was just a bad year. If you have aphid problems, the easiest solution is to take the water hose and spray them off. Tender plants might need some support. A good article on aphid control is found at
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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Master Gardeners

Yavapai Master Gardeners work with Yavapai County Cooperative Extension to provide local gardeners with good science based information. One of the services we provide is a phone line that gardeners can call in and ask questions. The questions can be unusual and bizarre or are just the signs that the gardening season can be fraught with problems. As problems surface we will be posting both the bizarre and common problems gardeners come across.