Thursday, June 24, 2010

Ventura Produce Exchange Meets this Sunday 6/27 at 12 noon

Another Sunday is quickly approaching and the Ventura Produce Exchange will be meeting to share the fruits, veggies, flowers and extras from your gardens.

Come join the fun and meet some great gardeners and lovers of fresh local produce.
Another new location: ( Near the YMCA )
This Sunday - June 27th - at 79 Palomares
at  12 noon !
Thanks Kate for hosting !

Important info on this tiny insect... Asian citrus psyllid

Residents of Ventura County are asked to be on the lookout for a tiny insect that could wipe out California ’s citrus industry — and with it, every lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit and mandarin tree in every urban and suburban yard.

This tiny insect, known as the Asian citrus psyllid, carries a deadly bacterial disease that is harmless to humans but inevitably fatal to all varieties of citrus. There is no treatment or cure. The disease has already destroyed millions of trees in citrus-producing regions around the world, including Florida .

The pest has been found in San Diego , Imperial, Orange and Los Angeles counties, and is expected to reach Ventura County this year. The disease is not far behind — infected trees have been found in western Mexico , and the disease is moving steadily closer to California .

The only way to stop this plague is to quickly find and kill the insect pest whenever it reaches a new area. If you have citrus trees in your yard, inspect them often. The insect feeds on the new leaves and stems of all citrus varieties. Twisted, stunted new growth is a sign your tree may be infested by the psyllid (SIL-lid), which looks like a small, brown grain of rice. You may also notice the tiny nymphs feeding on tender young growth. Look for sticky white secretions, like honeydew, or sooty mold clinging to the leaves.

If you think you have spotted this invasive pest in your trees, report the sighting immediately by calling 1-800-491-1899.

For more information about the pest and the disease it carries, call the Ventura County ACP-HLB Task Force at 805-535-8641, or visit  

Ventura County Master Gardener Program
University of California Cooperative Extension
669 County Square Drive, Suite 100
Ventura, CA 93003

Master Gardener Contact Information:
       Phone: (805) 645-1455
       Fax: (805) 645-1474

Master Gardener Helpline Hours: 
       Tuesday and Thursday - 1:00 - 4:00 p.m