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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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It's still not warm enough to transplant tomatoes directly in the ground, but we’re getting there.

* April is the last chance to plant citrus trees such as dwarf orange, lemon and kumquat. These trees also look good in landscaping and provide fresh fruit in winter.

* Smell orange blossoms? Feed citrus trees with a low dose of balanced fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) during bloom to help set fruit. Keep an eye out for ants.

* Apply slow-release fertilizer to the lawn.

* Thoroughly clean debris from the bottom of outdoor ponds or fountains.

* Spring brings a flush of rapid growth, and that means your garden needs nutrients. Fertilize shrubs and trees with a slow-release fertilizer. Or mulch with a 1-inch layer of compost.

* Azaleas and camellias looking a little yellow? If leaves are turning yellow between the veins, give them a boost with chelated iron.

* Trim dead flowers but not leaves from spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. Those leaves gather energy to create next year's flowers. Also, give the bulbs a fertilizer boost after bloom.

* Pinch chrysanthemums back to 12 inches for fall flowers. Cut old stems to the ground.

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* Plant onion sets.

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* Plant perennials and dahlia tubers for summer bloom.

* Mid to late April is about the last chance to plant summer bulbs, such as gladiolus and tuberous begonias.

* Transplant lettuce seedlings. Choose varieties that mature quickly such as loose leaf.

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