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Ever wonder what your soil is like? Have it tested!
Saturdays, April 6-June 1 (though not on April 13), 10 a.m.-noon UC Davis soil science graduate students will provide free soil testing (pH and texture) and soil management advice for gardeners at the UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners table located on the southeast corner of the Davis Farmers Market near the intersection of Third and C Streets.
Bring one pint of soil to be tested--no compost, manure, or potting soil, please. If possible, remove or sieve out roots, bark, pebbles, mulch, etc. larger than 1/8th inch.
Gardening with Limited Water
Learn the best ways to care for your plants during this drought. Either select the link from the top navigation above or click here for links to helpful information about using less water in your garden.
Norton Hall Demo Garden
Yolo County Master Gardeners were busy this autumn replacing the garden beds outside of the Yolo County Agricultural Extension Office at 70 Cottonwood Drive in Woodland also known as Norton Hall.
Download PowerPoint presentation of Plant list
May in the Garden
Aerate lawns to improve water absorption.
Check your watering systems for clogged and misplaced spray heads.
Deep water trees and rebuild water basins. Mulch trees to reduce summer heat stress and conserve water.
Check moisture of compost pile and turn over.
Feed roses and remove faded blooms for continuous blooming.
Fertilize lawn and established perennials.
Apply at least3 inches of mulch to garden areas to conserve water and prevent weeds.
Fertilize indoor plants as needed.
Fertilize aquatic plants.
Feed citrus trees.
Treat scale on ornamentals with light weight oil.
Thin fruit crops to encourage larger fruit.
Use nets to protect ripening fruit from birds.
Cut flowers early in the day for arrangements.
Bulbs & Flowers
Annuals such as ageratum, lobelia, marigolds, zinnias, and annual vinca.
Perennials such as alstromeria, coreopsis, dahlia, vinca (periwinkle), purple coneflower, Shasta daisy, and yarrow.
Vegetables & Herbs
Start seeds in greenhouse or cold frame for cucumbers, corn, melon, squash.
Directly seed cucumbers, corn, melons, squash, andlima beans.
Transplant seedlings or purchased plants of beans, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, melons, cucumbers, celery, potatoes, summer and winter squash, and corn.
Harvest onions, early shallots, garlic, carrots, potatoes, chard, beets, last of cauliflower, cabbage, and broccoli.
Start planning for the fall planting season by visiting area gardens, arboretums, and nurseries to see trees and shrubs in bloom.
Shade trees may be planted if they are watered regularly and deeply.
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Is freeze in the forecast?
Read about how to protect sensitive plants from low temperatures. Follow this link
"Gardener's Companion" Garden Journal on sale now! $18
Journal includes :
- Monthly Planting Guides
- Monthly Garden Checklist
- Vegetable Planting Guide
- Drought Tolerant Plants
- Guides to Growing
and much more for the Yolo County Gardener.
All sale proceeds support The UC Master Gardener's of Yolo County.