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California Honey Festival will get Woodland buzzing

May 7 celebration salutes bees and other pollinators

Hard-working honey bees and their product are celebrated this Saturday at the
California Honey Festival in Woodland. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)

This event is guaranteed to be a sweet time: The California Honey Festival.

Woodland’s Main Street will be buzzing Saturday, May 7, during this celebration of honey bees and other pollinators and their wonderful creation. Discover the many flavors of honey (not all honeys are sweet!) as well as its multitude of uses. Also, learn how you can help bees and other beneficial insects in your own landscape.

There will be bee-friendly activities for the whole family, say organizers. “We strive to create an event experience that inspires people of all ages to protect and celebrate bees and other pollinators.”

Scores of vendors will offer honey-laced items as well as other products that depend on bees (such as almonds). There will be plenty of food as well as live entertainment. Another plus: Most of the honey is California-sourced.

Dedicated to honey appreciation and pollinator education, the California Honey Festival is a partner with the Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute, UC Davis. Woodland is recognized as a Bee City USA by the Xerxes Society for its support of pollinators.

Bees pollinate an estimated 80% of all flowers. More than 100 California crops depend on bees for pollination.

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. The festival will fill the historic Main Street area in downtown Woodland with parking available. No pets, please.

For details, list of vendors and directions: .


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For week of Dec. 10:

Take advantage of these dry but crisp conditions. It’s time to get out the rake!

* Rake leaves away from storm drains and keep gutters clear.

* Fallen leaves can be used for mulch and compost. Chop up large leaves with a couple of passes with a lawn mower.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs while they’re dormant. Without their foliage, trees are easier to prune.

* Rake and remove dead leaves and stems from dormant perennials.

* Make sure to take frost precautions with new transplants and sensitive plants. Mulch, water and cover tender plants in the late afternoon to retain warmth.

* Succulent plants are at particular risk if temperatures drop below freezing. Don’t water succulents before frost; cover instead. Use cloth sheets, not plastic. Make sure to remove coverings during the day.

* Clean and sharpen garden tools before storing for the winter.

* Brighten the holidays with winter bloomers such as poinsettias, amaryllis, calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies and primroses.

* Keep poinsettias in a sunny, warm location. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they'll bloom again next December.

* Just because it rained doesn't mean every plant got watered. Give a drink to plants that the rain didn't reach, such as under eaves or under evergreen trees. Also, well-watered plants hold up better to frost than thirsty plants.

* Plant garlic (December's the last chance -- the ground is getting cold!) and onions for harvest in summer.

* Bare-root season begins. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb. Beware of soggy soil. It can rot bare-root plants.

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