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Sweet! Celebrate National Honey Bee Day

Master gardeners host special event at Sherwood Garden

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Saturday is National Honey Bee Day. (Photo courtesy of UC Davis Arboretum)

This event is guaranteed to get a lot of buzz.

Saturday, Aug. 21, is National Honey Bee Day, and you’re invited to make a beeline to Placerville’s Sherwood Demonstration Garden. UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of El Dorado County will host a morning full of sweet celebration, focusing on bees and how crucial they are to our everyday life.

Visitors can take self-guided tours of Sherwood’s 16 themed gardens. In the Bee Garden, special educational displays will be set up to offer some insight into the busy lives of these vital insects.

In addition, the master gardeners will answer questions about how to keep bees happy and healthy.

Sherwood Demonstration Garden will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. It’s located at 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville. Admission is free.

Details and directions:

Created in 2009 by a small group of beekeepers, National Honey Bee Day is held the third Saturday of August. Free events are coordinated nationwide by , a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization dedicated to building awareness about bees and beekeeping.

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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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