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Stay dry at home Saturday and get 'Kitchen Garden' tips for March

Yolo County master gardeners offer morning Zoom class

Tomatoes can still be started in time for April or May planting. Yolo's "Kitchen Garden Chat" will include information on starting seeds.

Tomatoes can still be started in time for April or May planting. Yolo's "Kitchen Garden Chat" will include information on starting seeds. Kathy Morrison

What's a gardener to do? There's a very good chance this Saturday will be too wet to garden. And the 100th Sacramento Camellia Show (thankfully indoors) doesn't open on Saturday until 3 p.m. (It runs until 6 p.m.; Sunday is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

But, stuck inside on a Saturday morning, gardeners still can get their green on. From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., online via Zoom, the Yolo County master gardeners will present their monthly "Kitchen Garden Chat." The talk is free, and no registration is required. The Zoom link is

March is an important month for area vegetable gardeners. Yolo master gardener Treva Valentine will go over what needs to be done in the edible garden during the month: what to plant, what to harvest and other important chores. She will also share details about starting edibles from seed and how to prepare the soil. This talk is part of an ongoing series.

The Yolo master gardeners have several events coming up -- most on Zoom -- but the next one, a flower-arranging class on Monday, March 4, will be in person from 1 to 5 p.m. at the West Sacramento Community Center, 1075 West Capitol Ave.

Upcoming Zoom classes include "Backyard Composting," 3-4 p.m. March 14, and "Vermiculture" (Worm Composting) from 3 to 4 p.m. March 28. The Yolo master gardeners also staff a "Questions and  Answers" desk the first and third Saturdays of the month at the West Sacramento Lowe's store.

To get Zoom links and more information on Yolo County master gardener events, visit


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Garden Checklist for week of May 19

Temperatures will be a bit higher than normal in the afternoons this week. Take care of chores early in the day – then enjoy the afternoon. It’s time to smell the roses.

* Plant, plant, plant! It’s prime planting season in the Sacramento area. If you haven’t already, it’s time to set out those tomato transplants along with peppers and eggplants. Pinch off any flowers on new transplants to make them concentrate on establishing roots instead of setting premature fruit.

* Direct-seed melons, cucumbers, summer squash, corn, radishes, pumpkins and annual herbs such as basil.

* Harvest cabbage, lettuce, peas and green onions.

* In the flower garden, direct-seed sunflowers, cosmos, salvia, zinnias, marigolds, celosia and asters.

* Plant dahlia tubers. Other perennials to set out include verbena, coreopsis, coneflower and astilbe.

* Transplant petunias, marigolds and perennial flowers such as astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia and verbena.

* Keep an eye out for slugs, snails, earwigs and aphids that want to dine on tender new growth.

* Feed summer bloomers with a balanced fertilizer.

* For continued bloom, cut off spent flowers on roses as well as other flowering plants.

* Don’t forget to water. Seedlings need moisture. Deep watering will help build strong roots and healthy plants.

* Add mulch to the garden to help keep that precious water from evaporating. Mulch also cuts down on weeds. But don’t let it mound around the stems or trunks of trees or shrubs. Leave about a 6-inch to 1-foot circle to avoid crown rot or other problems.

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