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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.
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August in the Garden
- Continue to divide Iris bulbs.
- Continue to provide deep soaking at drip lineto trees and shrubs during hot weather.
- Rebuild water basins around trees if needed.
- Adjust your automatic watering to weather..
- Keep compost pile moist. Turn to aerate.
- Fertilize indoor plants as needed.
- Fertilize aquatic plants for the last time this season.
- Mature fruit trees should be fertilized with a pound of nitrogen.
- Apply chelated iron if leaves are yellow with green veins.
- Check roses for spider mites. Hose off early in the day.
- While it is still hot, solarize soil using clearplastic to kill weeds and nematodes.
- Pick up old veggies and fruit to prevent disease. Add them to the compost pile.
- Provide afternoon shade for vegetables and transplants that are susceptible to sun scald.
- Put melons, winter squash and pumpkins on boards to protect from rot and insects.
- Remove spent flowers for continued bloom.
Bulbs & Flowers
- Plant Yarrow, asters, begonias, coreopsis, daylilies, geraniums, and lantana can be planted but will need protection from hot afternoon sun and careful watering.
- Plant seeds of early flowering sweet peas now through October. Keep them watered and control slugs and snails until they are established.
- Start seeds of fall and winter blooming annuals including calendula, Iceland poppy, primrose, stock, and viola. Also plant seeds of spring blooming fever few, coreopsis, and penstemon in a protected area away from direct sun.
Vegetables & Herbs
- Harvest melons when stems slip easily from the fruit. Also harvest tomatoes, carrots, chard, peppers, cucumbers, corn, green beans and squash.
- Directly seed for carrots, rutabaga, lettuce, and turnips.
- Transplant seedlings or purchased plants of Brussels sprouts, cabbage, spinach, sweet potatoes, eggplant, peppers, winter squash, beets, potatoes, corn, and beans.
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New 2016 Edition "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.