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by Candice Sherrill
Master Gardener


HOLIDAY HERBS
An article by Dr. Leonard Perry, University of Vermont Extension Professor on the subject of herbs that have a holiday history. Coverage includes English pennyroyal, rosemary, thyme, and lavender.
http://pss.uvm.edu/ppp/articles/xmasherb.html

CARING FOR A HOLIDAY CACTUS
From the University of Illinois Extension Homeowner's Column page. Experienced advice for post-holiday care from light to temperature to watering regimen.
www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/champaign/homeowners/011110.html

BUILD YOUR OWN BOULDERS
Visit this site to find out what goes into constructing and finishing those realistic-looking landscape rocks and boulders that you see around town. Directions are shown for making lightweight rocks and boulders out of A/B foam, and refinishing them in a variety of ways to mock nature's own. You can even install hidden lights in these.
http://pages.prodigy.net/airs/rocks/making.htm

GARDEN PESTS
Here's a website dedicated to garden pests. Complete with line drawings, it provides descriptions of each life stage from egg to adult, as well as other important biological information and a dozen or so suggestions for control. Also included is a list of plants the pest attacks, and what damage looks like.
http://www.eap.mcgill.ca/publications/eap59.htm

ARIZONA FACTS
This is the website of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records. Not only is it a good place to see what the state bird, butterfly, colors, flag, flower, fossil, gemstone, neckwear and tree are, but you can read about more interesting topics such as the story behind Supima cotton.
http://www.lib.az.us/links/arizoniana.cfm

AGRICULTURE IN IRAQ
Check here to learn more about the country of Iraq. Website even provides detailed information about the country's water resources, livestock and agrarian reform history.
http://www.1upinfo.com/countryguide-study/iraq/iraq53.html

SISSINGHURST GARDENS
Now you can pay a virtual visit to Vita Sackville-West's famous gardens at Sissinghurst Castle. The opening page shows a detailed map of the grounds, and from there you can link to different sections of the estate. Dozens of outstanding photographs showcase the verdant hedgerows, ivy-covered walls, glorious floral displays, and outstanding examples of garden statuary that make this a must-see when visiting the British Isles.
www.invectis.co.uk/sissing/

USDA ACRONYMS
Banish confusion. Here's a "living" list of acronyms commonly used by the US Department of Agriculture.
http://www.reeusda.gov/1700/whatnew/acronyms.htm

LATIN MEANINGS
At the website of WFPL, Louisville's Public Radio News Station, you can learn about many of the Latin terms used in plant taxonomy, from Acuminata to Vulgaris.
http://wfpl.org/homegrown_latin.htm

ORNITHOLOGY
Here is a website that provides just about any type of information you might want to know about our feathered friends. There's a fantastic photo gallery included, as well as articles with titles like: Be Careful When Mowing and Pruning, Clean Your Bird Houses to Prevent Disease, and U.S. Federally Listed Species.
http://birdwebsite.com/articles/

WEEDS OF ARIZONA
Bookmark this one. "An Illustrated Guide to Arizona Weeds" by Kittie F. Parker, published by UA Press, gives information on description and distribution of Arizona's weeds. Enlargeable illustrations take the guesswork out of identification. Just let your mouse arrow hover over the image that pops up, and then click on the button in the lower right-hand corner when it appears.
http://www.uapress.arizona.edu/online.bks/weeds/titlweed.htm


Maricopa County Master Gardener Volunteer Information
Last Updated December 18, 2003, 2003
Author: Lucy K. Bradley, Extension Agent Urban Horticulture, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Maricopa County
© 1997 The University of Arizona, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cooperative Extension in Maricopa County
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