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Happy 50th Earth Day!

digger bee on manzanita flowers

One day, about two years ago, I spent an afternoon in a grove of apple trees, looking at bees. The trees on Lake Arrowhead's Orchard Bay, I learned, pre-date the existence of the lake, which was born in 1915 with the damming of Little Bear Creek (a...

Posted on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 1:03 PM

Coordinator's Corner: Kiddos in the Garden, it's a wonderful thing to see!

Maggies kids 5

  Hello Spring!  I am so glad you are here!  I love the quiet of the winter, and the rain is something that is so needed.  In the winter the deciduous fruit trees and roses rest.  The birds hunker down for warmth in our...

UCCE San Bernardino County Master Gardener Spotlight: Vikki Gerdes - A Master Gardener Dedicated to Water Wise Gardening

Vikki's Water-Wise Moonlight Garden

I recently spent a delightful morning with UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) San Bernardino County Master Gardener Vikki Gerdes, chatting in her light-filled kitchen over coffee and cookies about why she loves gardening and the UCCE Master Gardener...

Stuck at home? Now is a good time for this:


In light of current events, if you wish to disinfect rather than sanitize counters, doorknobs and such please read and follow the instructions here:  CDC current Corona virus cleaning and disinfection advice.



I subscribe to this blog that I can recommend highly: and another good post has come up:  A good time to clean out the pantry  Guess what it is about?

My pantry is currently a mess. I am staying at home as much as possible. I don't want to clean out my pantry BUT I REALLY need to clean out the pantry.

As a matter of fact, I could be piling pasta, cleaning cans, scrubbing shelves, prepping the pantry for a perfect plenitude of correctly counted cans, bags, bottle and tubs. And what am I doing? Finding all sorts of things to distract me from cleaning the pantry.  Like writing this post. . .

I will make a deal with myself:  an hour of pantry perfecting in return for an hour of web wonderment. . . Let's see if it works. . .

Y'all hang in there, try to stay home, and be good to others in need.

And clean that PANTRY!!  (wish me luck!)

Posted on Monday, March 16, 2020 at 5:29 PM

Coordinator's Corner

Master Gardener Coordinator, Maggie O'Neill

   Wondering what it is like to be a Master Gardener, or what a "day in the life of a Master Gardener" might be like? I remember what I was thinking when I first heard that my dear friends' mother was a Master Gardener... I thought "wow! That's...

Posted on Monday, March 2, 2020 at 9:37 AM
Focus Area Tags: Yard & Garden

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