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Sweet! Celebrate National Honey Bee Day

Master gardeners host special event at Sherwood Garden

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PUBLISHED AUG 18, 2021 2:37 P.M.
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: http://mgeldorado.ucanr.edu/

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 HoneyLove.org , a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization dedicated to building awareness about bees and beekeeping.

Find more events and learn more: https://honeylove.org/national-honey-bee-day/

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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Jan. 29

Bundle up and get work done!

* Prune, prune, prune. Now is the time to cut back most deciduous trees and shrubs. The exceptions are spring-flowering shrubs such as lilacs.

* Now is the time to prune fruit trees, except apricot and cherry trees. Clean up leaves and debris around the trees to prevent the spread of disease.

* Prune roses, even if they’re still trying to bloom or sprouting new growth. Strip off any remaining leaves, so the bush will be able to put out new growth in early spring.

* Prune Christmas camellias (Camellia sasanqua), the early-flowering varieties, after their bloom. They don’t need much, but selective pruning can promote bushiness, upright growth and more bloom next winter. Feed with an acid-type fertilizer. But don’t feed your Japonica camellias until after they finish blooming next month. Feeding while camellias are in bloom may cause them to drop unopened buds.

* Clean up leaves and debris around your newly pruned roses and shrubs. Put down fresh mulch or bark to keep roots cozy.

* Apply horticultural oil to fruit trees to control scale, mites and aphids. Oils need 24 hours of dry weather after application to be effective.

* This is also the time to spray a copper-based oil to peach and nectarine trees to fight leaf curl. Avoid spraying on windy days.

* Divide daylilies, Shasta daisies and other perennials.

* Cut back and divide chrysanthemums.

* Plant bare-root roses, trees and shrubs.

* Transplant pansies, violas, calendulas, English daisies, snapdragons and fairy primroses.

* In the vegetable garden, plant fava beans, head lettuce, mustard, onion sets, radicchio and radishes.

* Plant bare-root asparagus and root divisions of rhubarb.

* In the bulb department, plant callas, anemones, ranunculus and gladiolus for bloom from late spring into summer.

* Plant blooming azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons. If you’re shopping for these beautiful landscape plants, you can now find them in full flower at local nurseries.

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