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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.

Learn more at:
http://yolomg.ucanr.edu/ .

— Debbie Arrington

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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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