About Kate Russell

Kate Russell is a UCCE Master Gardener of Santa Clara County. She wrote this for Morgan Hill Life. Visit the website www.mgsantaclara.ucanr.edu

Your Garden . . . with Kate Russell: Trap cropping can be effective way to lure pests from MH gardens

By |2019-08-25T16:50:30-07:00August 23rd, 2019|Environment|

Multiple trap cropping uses several species to lure pests throughout a valuable crop’s life cycle Photo courtesy eOrganic.com By Kate Russell Kate Russell Every year, we plant our garden favorites in Morgan Hill. [...]

Your Garden . . . with Kate Russell: Plants use structures and chemicals already in place to fight disease

By |2019-08-10T08:36:26-07:00August 9th, 2019|Breaking News|

Be sure to sanitize tools regularly to halt the spread of disease from one plant to another By Kate Russell Plants may not have an active immune system, but that doesn’t mean they just roll over and [...]

Your Garden . . . with Kate Russell: Morgan Hill is a great place to start a garden

By |2019-07-26T16:25:35-07:00July 26th, 2019|Environment|

Putting plants in the wrong location is a waste of time and money By Kate Russell Kate Russell Morgan Hill is the perfect place to learn how to garden. There is plenty of sunshine, nutrient-rich [...]

Your Garden . . . with Kate Russell: Many things can cause hardpan, but bottom line is it’s not good for plants

By |2019-07-11T09:28:55-07:00June 29th, 2019|Environment|

Photo courtesy www.vro.agriculture.vic.gov.au Hardpan is a layer of soil so dense that air, water, and roots can barely move through it. Unlike compacted soil, which is a general condition of soil that doesn't have enough [...]

Your Garden . . .with Kate Russell: Warm, moist conditions means basil downy mildew threatens local crops

By |2019-06-12T19:31:42-07:00June 1st, 2019|Environment|

Basil downy mildew pathogen is under California state quarantine Basil’s fragrant leaves make it a Morgan Hill gardener's favorite, but there is a new disease on the horizon: basil downy mildew. And warm, moist conditions are all [...]

Your Garden . . .with Kate Russell: Irrigation rings save time, money, prevent runoff and come in many forms

By |2019-04-24T07:23:20-07:00April 5th, 2019|Contributors|

Click HERE to find more stories in the April 10 - 23, 2019 issue of Morgan Hill Life If you’ve ever stood under a tree canopy when it’s raining, you know that much of the rainwater is [...]

Your Garden . . .with Kate Russell: Container gardening is helpful for those with space limitations

By |2019-04-24T07:22:46-07:00March 8th, 2019|Environment|

Published in the March 13 – 26, 2019 issue of Morgan Hill Life Many Morgan Hill residents assume they can’t garden because they live in an apartment, rent a room, or have a tiny yard. Nothing could [...]

Your Garden . . . with Kate Russell: Using the correct tools will help lighten your gardening workload this spring

By |2019-04-25T06:57:49-07:00February 8th, 2019|Contributors, Environment|

Published in the February 13 - 26 2019 issue of Morgan Hill Life Whether your Morgan Hill garden is a backyard plot, sidewalk strip, or containers on a balcony, the right tools can protect your hands, your [...]

Your Garden . . . with Kate Russell: Amphibians are sensitive to toxins, so presence indicates a healthy garden

By |2019-04-24T07:20:41-07:00January 13th, 2019|Environment|

Published in the January 16 - 29, 2019 issue of Morgan Hill Life Kate Russell Frogs, toads, newts, and salamanders are all amphibians that you might find in your Morgan Hill garden. If you are [...]

Your Garden . . . with Kate Russell – Morgan Hill gardeners, grow food year-round with succession planting

By |2019-08-30T20:34:58-07:00August 10th, 2018|Environment|

Published in the August 15 - 28, 2018 issue of Morgan Hill Life Photo courtesy Greening Forward. Living in Morgan Hill makes it possible to grow food year round. Instead of simply planting in spring, [...]