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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: https://californiahoneyfestival.com/ .

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Garden Checklist for week of July 7

Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

* Harvest tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplant. Prompt picking will help keep plants producing.

* Remove spent flowers from roses, daylilies and other bloomers as they finish flowering.

* Pinch off blooms from basil so the plant will grow more leaves.

* Cut back lavender after flowering to promote a second bloom.

* One good thing about hot days: Most lawns stop growing when temperatures top 95 degrees. Keep mower blades set on high.

* Once the weather cools down a little, it’s not too late to add a splash of color. Plant petunias, snapdragons, zinnias and marigolds.

* After the heat wave, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, winter squash and sunflowers. Make sure the seeds stay hydrated.

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