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‘Weeds: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’

Green weed with white flowers
It’s pretty but it’s a thug: Bindweed. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)
Nevada County master gardeners offer free virtual workshop

Can you tell a good plant from an invasive weed? How do you stop garden thugs from taking over your landscape?

Learn about the world of weeds and how they affect our gardens – and lives – during a free virtual workshop, presented by the UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Nevada County.

Set for 9 am. Saturday, July 10, “Weeds: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly” will explore the world of invasive plants with an eye for the weeds most likely to pop up in Northern California gardens.

“Weeds follow human habitation,” explain the master gardeners. “Sometimes unsightly, sometimes daunting, weeds crowd out desirable plants and cause considerable frustration for gardeners and farmers.”

What can a gardener do?

“While they can be difficult to eradicate, there are safe ways to control your weeds,” say the master gardeners. “Despite the bad and the ugly, weeds may also fit into our landscapes as beneficial additions to gardeners, wildlife and soil health.”

Yes, there are good weeds!

The two-hour workshop is free and no advance registration is necessary. Find the link at: . Zoom meeting ID is 870 4333 4646.

The weeds workshop is the first of three July virtual presentations offered by the Nevada County master gardeners, all on Saturdays. Also included in the series are: “Garden Makeover: Lawn to Landscape,” 9 a.m. July 24; and “Softwood Propagation,” 9 a.m. July 31.

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For week of Dec. 3:

Make the most of gaps between raindrops. This is a busy month!

* Windy conditions brought down a lot of leaves. Make sure to rake them away from storm drains.

* Use those leaves as mulch around frost-tender shrubs and new transplants.

* Rake and remove dead leaves and stems from dormant perennials.

* Just because it rained doesn't mean every plant got watered. Give a drink to plants that the rain didn't reach, such as under eves or under evergreen trees. Also, well-watered plants hold up better to frost than thirsty plants.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs while they're dormant.

* Clean and sharpen garden tools before storing for the winter.

* Brighten the holidays with winter bloomers such as poinsettias, amaryllis, calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies and primroses.

* Keep poinsettias in a sunny, warm location. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they'll bloom again next December.

* Plant one last round of spring bulbs including daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths, anemones and scillas. Get those tulips out of the refrigerator and into the ground.

* This is also a good time to seed wildflowers such as California poppies.

* Plant such spring bloomers as sweet pea, sweet alyssum and bachelor buttons.

* Late fall is the best time to plant most trees and shrubs. This gives them plenty of time for root development before spring growth. They also benefit from fall and winter rains.

* Lettuce, cabbage and broccoli also can be planted now.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Bare-root season begins. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb. Beware of soggy soil. It can rot bare-root plants.

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