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University gives gardeners a high tech tool

POSTED June 27, 2009 5:35 p.m.
The University of California Cooperative Extension launched a new Web site to serve as an information portal for California gardeners. The UC Statewide Master Gardener Program staff designed the Web site to organize and extend the university’s vast store of research-based information about gardening, landscapes and lawns to the public.
The Web site focuses on sustainable gardening practices and uses a question and answer format to present solutions. A blog on the Web site’s home page, updated weekly, highlights gardening content pertinent to the season. The site also links to useful gardening resources on other UC Web pages.
“When UC sites have thorough content covering a particular topic, we link to that site rather than duplicating it,” said Pam Giesel, the academic coordinator for the statewide UC Master Gardener Program. “For example, UC IPM, the Center for Landscape and Urban Horticulture, and our sister site, the California Backyard Orchard, contain an abundance of information about sustainable gardening and are all linked to the new portal.”
The new Web site also provides California gardeners with free access to updated information from the California Master Gardener Handbook.
The site has sections on: Gardening basics; climate zones; pests, diseases, weeds; vegetables; nut and fruit trees and vines; landscape trees, shrubs and vines; as well as other useful topics for local gardeners.
The California Garden Web site is available at

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