Gardening for the Physically Challenged
Making gardening more accessible!
- WSU Extension’s guide to adaptations for gardeners of all ages and abilities -- “Gardening for Life”
- Oregon State University Extension’s series “Making Gardening Easier”
- "Wheelchair Gardening"
- Maryland Cooperative Extension’s “Garden Friendly” series on making a garden friendly for the physically challenged
- Thrive: Carry on Gardening
- UC Master Gardener Toni Gattone’s website
Building Healthy Soil
Testing your soil can be a good way to ensure that plants are receiving all the necessary macronutrients and micronutrients.
- A basic soil test can be purchased at your nearest garden or hardware store.
- For a more complete analysis, consider one of these Soil Testing Labs in the Central Valley .
Vegetable Gardening Resources
Vegetable Gardening Basics
- Vegetable Garden Basics UCANR 8059
- LA Victory Garden Initiative Vegetable Gardening Handbook
- Mariposa County Frost Dates by Location
- Growing Vegetables in Containers
Planting and Caring for a Home Orchard
This website provides access to UC fact sheets and other UC publications relating to fruits and nuts grown in the backyard.
It also provides information for backyard gardeners and consumers about UC research, contacts, courses, publications, news, and events related to backyard and consumer fruit and nut crop issues.
Also listed are worthwhile links to organizations and industries which complement UC to provide a complete resource for backyard gardeners.
Selecting Fruit Trees
The following articles provide more information on selecting fruit trees for a successful home orchard.
IPM focuses on long-term prevention of pests or their damage by managing the ecosystem. Rather than simply eliminating the pests you see right now, using IPM means you'll look at environmental factors that affect the pest and its ability to thrive. Armed with this information, you can create conditions that are unfavorable for the pest.
Weed ID and Control
UC Weed Research and Identification Center
Got a weed but don’t know what it is or what to do about it?
UC’s Weed Research and Information Center features a Weed ID toolbar that will help you identify common weeds. The site also describes strategies for controlling weeds in landscapes and gardens—both chemical and non-chemical methods that include mechanical, cultural, biological, and herbicide control.
UC Master Gardener Resources
The California Garden Web is the portal to UC’s vast collection of research-based information about gardening.
The California Garden Web focuses on sustainable gardening practices and uses a question and answer format to present solutions. An online blog highlights gardening issues pertaining to the season.
UC’s Agriculture and Natural Resources website provides a list of free and to-purchase publications on a wide array of gardening topics.