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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:
http://ncmg.ucanr.org/ . 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.

Details: http://ncmg.ucanr.org/ .

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Garden Checklist for week of July 7

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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