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Gardening with Natives
A special interest group of the California Native Plant Society's local Chapter which meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7p in the Community Library. The group is open to all, and includes a mix of seasoned native plant gardeners as well as beginners. Join their Yahoo Group to keep informed of events and advice.

Heritage Tree Program
Recognize and protect individual trees or groves of trees. Includes photos of significant and historic trees in Milpitas.

Neighborhood Beautification Ordinance
Or "How your neighbors can rat on you if they don't like your front yard" law.

Our City Forest
Free trees for your front yard or public pathway. All you have to do is call either 998-7337 or City Hall at 586-2600.

Borrow or Rent Tools

A Tool Shed Rentals
Power tools for getting that garden project done, such as small tractors, rototillers, chippers, etc.

Lend-A-Tool Shed
Milpitas residents, businesses, property owners and community groups may borrow these tools free of charge! No power tools.

Climate

SF Bay A Subtropical Area?
Does anyone know if the San Francisco Bay Area can support tropical plants outdoors? I'm wondering, as I see tropical hibiscus planted outdoors while my gardening books say they aren't hardy in this area.

Plant Map forMilpitas
Zip code 95035, Milpitas CA is in USDA Hardiness Zone 9b: 25F to 30F. Using updated climate data through 2010, 95035 is in the Plant maps Hardiness Zone 9a: 20F to 25F. The average first frost in 95035 is between December 11 - 20, while the average last frost occurs between February 1 - 10. 95035 rarely has days where the temperature exceeds 86F. The average annual high temperature in 95035 is 71F and the average annual low temperature is 48F. The average high temperature in July (Summer) is 84F, while the average high temperature in January (Winter) is 57F.

Sunset climate zones: San Francisco Bay Area and inland
ZONE 17: Marine effects in Southern Oregon, Northern and Central California
The climate in this zone features mild, wet, almost frostless winters and cool summers with frequent fog or wind. On most days and in most places, the fog tends to come in high and fast, creating a cooling and humidifying blanket between the sun and the earth, reducing the intensity of the light and sunshine. Some heat-loving plants (citrus, hibiscus, gardenia) don't get enough heat to fruit or flower reliably. In a 20-year period, the lowest winter temperatures in Zone 17 ranged from 36 to 23F (2 to ?5C). The lowest temperatures on record range from 30 to 20F (?1 to ?7C).Of further interest in this heat-starved climate are the highs of summer, normally in the 60 to 75F (16 to 24C) range. The average highest temperature in Zone 17 is only 97F (36C). In all the other adjacent climate zones, average highest temperatures are in the 104 to 116F (40 to 47C) range.

Composting

Guide to Home Composting
The work upon which this information is based was performed pursuant to a contract with the County of Santa Clara. Composting is a practical and convenient way to handle yard trimmings. It's easy to do, keeps useful materials from being disposed in landfills, and compost improves soil and benefits plants growing in it.

SCC Consumer and Environmental Protection Agency
Provides backyard composting classes during gardening months at locations around the valley, but no longer in Milpitas.

Gardens of Note

Butterfly Garden at Sunnyhills UMC
Sunny afternoons bring out the butterflies and bees overwintering in the evergreens and scrap piles. And, of course, the bunnies come out to play (along with a few hunting cats) in the early evening.

Landscape Assistance

California Garden & Landscape History Society
CG&LHS is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to the celebration of the beauty, wealth, and diversity of California gardens and landscapes.

California Native Plant Society
This is a group for fun plant conversations, plant ID, and sharing of information and photos. We welcome everyone who has interest in topics related to native plants of California, from the greenest novice to the career professional.

Call 811 Before You Dig!
Underground Service Alert (USA) is a free service for homeowners, excavators and professional contractors who are digging, blasting, trenching, drilling, grading, or excavating.

Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County
Scientific and educational purposes: promotes horticultural education and service to the community and provides continuing horticulture enrichment for members.

Pests

Creepy Calling
Milpitas-based interior landscaper Parker buys "good bugs"--like ladybugs and wasps without stingers--and brings them into buildings.

Julianne's not so Secret Garden
Julianne is a San Francisco gardener. My favorite part of her site is her "snail ratings." For each plant in her garden, she rates each one as to how much snails like them.

Less Toxic Pest Management
Common household pesticides show up in treated wastewater and in Bay Area creeks, sometimes at levels that can harm sensitive aquatic life. These fact sheets are designed to help you manage pests in a less toxic manner.

New quarantine zones are added for light brown apple moth
By Holly Hayes, Mercury News, 3/17/09
More Santa Clara County gardeners will find themselves in a quarantine zone following two new discoveries of the invasive agricultural pest known as the light brown apple moth. The new boundary, set by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, includes an additional 64 square miles in the Milpitas area. County agriculture officials are reminding home gardeners who live inside the quarantine area that anything grown inside the zone may not be removed from the property - not even to share with a neighbor.

Pests & Control
A GO MILPITAS RESOURCE
Got something bugging you? Advice on everything from mosquitoes to deer.

Planting Guides

Go Native Garden Tour
Not only information about the tour, but also lots of information about native plant growing, and seed and cutting exchanges in the SF Bay Area.

How to Plant a Tomato
Sunset has a series of videos here, not only how to plant a tomato, but also how to make a tomato cage, staking tomatoes, how to repot a houseplant, how to make compost, etc.

Lemon Tree Growing
Meyer lemons grow well in our soil and climate. Here's information n how to make yours thrive and ideas for what to do with your backyard crop.

Rose Propagation and Pruning
In the dormant season, it is very easy to root cuttings of your roses.

Sunset: How to Live in the West
Just about all you need to know to successfully garden and improve your home in the west.

Water-wise Plant List
Our thanks to Summer Winds Nurseries for providing the following list of water-wise plants. The list is not conclusive -- Many other beautiful water-wise plants flourish in the Bay Area.


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