The UC Master Gardener's Website provides University of California research based information and assistance to home gardeners. Ask a question, attend a public class or find information through our free publications......Enjoy!
Unfortunately, Norton Hall (70 Cottonwood Street in Woodland) will be closed to the public.
Master Gardeners will not be available for walk in assistance at Norton Hall or at the Farmers' Markets until further notice. However, we are still responding to calls on the phone line (530) 666-8737.
Sanitize non-food surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, etc. with disinfecting wipes according to directions (usually wiping and letting air dry to sanitize) or using a solution of 1/3 cup bleach + 1 gallon water (4 TBL bleach + 1 quart water) – CDC recommendation.
The following "Make It Safe, Keep It Safe" (MISKIS) brochure provides additional information on food safety.
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.
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 least 3 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, and lima 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.
Trees & Shrubs
- 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.
"Gardener's Companion" Garden Journal on sale now! $5.00
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.