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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
April in the Garden
Raise mowing height of lawnmower.
Monitor spring rains and irrigate as needed.
Paint trunks of young trees with white latex paint to prevent sunburn, borers.
Fertilize water plants.
Use fertilizers and pesticides only as needed and according to label directions.
Cover squash with row cover until flowering to prevent diseases spread by aphids, whiteflies.
Use wet rolled up newspapers as traps for snails and earwigs, or pick them by hand.
Thin fruit crops as necessary.
Remove spent blooms from bulbs; leave green leaves to build nutrients for next year.
Sod, seed or over-seed lawn.
Plant tomatoes and peppers only when night time temperatures reach 50°.
Bulbs & Flowers
Plant warm season annuals such as ageratum, impatiens, lobelia, marigold, petunia, and sunflower.
Plant perennials such as catmint, salvia, scabiosa, verbena, and yarrow.
Plant perennial ground covers such as snow-in-summer or dwarf plumbago
Plant whatever catches your eye!
Vegetables & Herbs
Start seeds in green house or cold frame for carrots, cucumber, corn, melons, squash, green beans, lettuce, spinach, celery, tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers.
Directly seed carrots, cucumber, corn, green beans, melons and squash.
Trans plant seedlings or purchased plants of lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and cucumber.
Harvest spinach, peas, cauliflower, broccoli, firstonions, and cabbage.
Again, Refer to planting guide for best timing of spring vegetable seeds and transplants.
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|The Summer Vegetable Garden||4/27/2019|
|Year-Round Kitchen Gardening||4/28/2019|
|Bugs That Bug You In The Garden||5/4/2019|
|Bees- Butterflies and Hummingbirds: Attracting Pollinators to your Garden||5/11/2019|
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.