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Presentation at workshop

University of California and University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension recently held two workshops, one in King City and the other in Arroyo...

Posted on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 6:12 PM

A Honey of a Day--And It Gets Better!

Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño shows a frame to her class at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Saturday, Aug. 19 promises to be a honey of a day--in more ways than one! And it gets better! It's National Honey Bee Day or National Honey Bee...

Cactus

When my son was born some 14 years ago, I was given a cactus.  It is an Echinopsis.  This cactus originated in South America and now is grown worldwide.  I have had it in my kitchen window all these years and once a year it blooms.  The bloom seems appear overnight and only lasts one day.  The flowers can be 3 inches in diameter or larger and feature a spiny floral tube. They can come in many beautiful colors, like electric pink, deep scarlet, and even bright yellow. (Mine is pink and white).

Echinopsis is from the Greek word “Ekihnos,” which means both sea urchin and hedgehog and “opsis” which means resembling or appearance.  It is a wonderful name for this cactus as it is ball shaped and can grow to about 6 inches in diameter.  
 
If you can grow cacti or succulents, you will have no trouble growing this one.  They do like to dry out between waterings and when watered, should be watered deeply.  Never let your cactus sit in water or be damp for too long.  Like most cacti, these like strong light during the growing season but should be prevented from scorching.  They will grow very well in a kitchen window, as mine does. 
 
They are very easy to propagate.  Offsets tend to cluster around the base of the mother plant.   The offset can be broken or cut off at the narrowest possible place.  The cutting can be dried out slightly on a paper towel for a few days or weeks depending on the size.  The cutting can be placed in potting soil and new roots will form in a matter of weeks.  The new cactus should be kept warm and barely moist while the new roots are forming. I have done this may time with great results!
 
Posted on Friday, August 18, 2017 at 2:31 PM

Top-Bar Beekeeping Advocate Les Crowder to Speak at WAS Conference at UC Davis

Les Crowder examines a frame from his top-bar hive. A resident of Austin, Texas, he will speak Sept. 7 at the Western Apicultural Society conference at UC Davis.

Are top-bar beekeeping hives for you? What are their advantages and disadvantages as compared to the traditional Langstroth hives? You'll learn all...

Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 3:50 PM

Announcement: Healthy Soils Workshop August 31st in Davis, CA 2-5pm

Dear All, CAFF will be hosting a workshop to assist folks interested in applying for the Healthy Soils Incentive Program.  If you have...

Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 2:39 PM

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