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Yolo garden journal makes great gift

'The Gardener's Companion' offers localized tips, planting guides

Spiral bound garden notebook
The Gardener's Companion is a journal, gardening guide,
monthly checklist and planting adviser all in one. It's available
for $5 from the UCCE Yolo County master gardeners. (Photos:
Kathy Morrison)

Here’s a practical gardening gift to give – and pick one up for yourself, too: A garden journal designed for local gardeners.

The UCCE Yolo County master gardeners offer “The Gardener’s Companion,” a handy garden journal with built-in and localized tips.

Sold at the master gardeners’ booth at the Davis Farmers Market, this handy journal includes monthly planting guides, garden checklists and a vegetable planting guide. It also features tips on growing drought-tolerant plants as well as growing guides for tomatoes, perennials, roses, citrus and trees.

You’ll also find more advice from the experts on Yolo County gardening. (Those tips work in neighboring counties, too.) Plus there’s room to keep your own notes on how your garden grows, what was planted when and other essential information.

December page
This beautiful display of greens opens the
December section of the publication.
And the price? Only $5! All proceeds benefit Yolo County master gardener programs.

Located in Davis Central Park, the Davis Farmers Market is open from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

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— Debbie Arrington


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For week of June 4:

Because of the comfortable weather, it’s not too late to set out tomato and pepper seedlings as well as squash and melon plants. They’ll appreciate this not-too-hot weather. Just remember to water.

* From seed, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, melons, squash and sunflowers.

* Plant basil to go with your tomatoes.

* Transplant summer annuals such as petunias, marigolds and zinnias.

* It’s also a good time to transplant perennial flowers including astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia, salvia and verbena.

* Let the grass grow longer. Set the mower blades high to reduce stress on your lawn during summer heat. To cut down on evaporation, water your lawn deeply during the wee hours of the morning, between 2 and 8 a.m.

* Tie up vines and stake tall plants such as gladiolus and lilies. That gives their heavy flowers some support.

* Dig and divide crowded bulbs after the tops have died down.

* Feed summer flowers with a slow-release fertilizer.

* Mulch, mulch, mulch! This “blanket” keeps moisture in the soil longer and helps your plants cope during hot weather.

* Thin grapes on the vine for bigger, better clusters later this summer.

* Cut back fruit-bearing canes on berries.

* Feed camellias, azaleas and other acid-loving plants.

* Trim off dead flowers from rose bushes to keep them blooming through the summer. Roses also benefit from deep watering and feeding now. A top dressing of aged compost will keep them happy. It feeds as well as keeps roots moist.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushier plants with many more flowers in September.

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