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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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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Oct. 2

Plan to make the most of the mild weather in your garden.

* October is the best month to plant trees and shrubs.

* October also is the best time to plant perennials in our area. Add a little well-aged compost and bone meal to planting holes or beds, but hold off on other fertilizers until spring. Keep the transplants well-watered (but not wet) for the first month as they become settled.

* Now is the time to plant seeds for many flowers directly into the garden, including cornflower, nasturtium, nigella, poppy, portulaca, sweet pea and stock.

* Plant seeds for radishes, bok choy, mustard, spinach and peas.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Set out cool-weather bedding plants, including calendula, pansy, snapdragon, primrose and viola.

* Reseed and feed the lawn. Work on bare spots.

* Dig up corms and tubers of gladioluses, dahlias and tuberous begonias after the foliage dies. Clean and store in a cool, dry place.

* Treat azaleas, gardenias and camellias with chelated iron if leaves are yellowing between the veins.

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