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: 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 |2019-04-23T23:12:34-07:00August 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, [...]

Your Garden  . . . with Kate Russell – Benefits of nursery beds are plenty

By |2019-04-23T23:11:28-07:00July 27th, 2018|Environment|

Published in the August 1 - 14, 2018 of Morgan Hill Life Kate Russell You’ve heard of raised beds in Morgan Hill, but what about nursery beds? Nursery beds are temporary homes for seeds, seedlings, [...]

Your Garden . . . with Kate Russell – Fruit drop can be a normal occurrence this time of the year

By |2019-04-23T23:09:16-07:00June 15th, 2018|Environment|

Published in the June 20 - July 3, 2018 issue of Morgan Hill Life Kate Russell Your Morgan Hill tree might drop fruit as part of a normal behavior, or it may indicate a problem. [...]

Your Garden . . . with Kate Russell – Oats in the garden or landscape

By |2019-04-23T23:08:05-07:00May 18th, 2018|Environment|

Published in the May 23 - June 5, 2018 issue of Morgan Hill Life By Kate Russell Long ago, when people were first growing cereal grains in the Fertile Crescent, there was a weed on the side [...]