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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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This week's warm break will revive summer crops such as peppers and tomatoes that may still be trying to produce fruit. Pumpkins and winter squash will add weight rapidly.

Be on the lookout for powdery mildew and other fungal diseases that may be enjoying this combination of warm air and moist soil.

* Late September is ideal for sowing a new lawn or re-seeding bare spots.

* Compost annuals and vegetable crops that have finished producing.

* Cultivate and add compost to the soil to replenish its nutrients for fall and winter vegetables and flowers.

* Plant for fall now. The warm soil will get cool-season veggies and flowers off to a fast start.

* Plant onions, lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, bok choy, spinach and potatoes directly into the vegetable beds.

* Transplant lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower.

* Sow seeds of California poppies, clarkia and African daisies.

* Transplant cool-weather annuals such as pansies, violas, fairy primroses, calendulas, stocks and snapdragons.

* Divide and replant bulbs, rhizomes and perennials.

* Dig up and divide daylilies as they complete their bloom cycle.

* Divide and transplant peonies that have become overcrowded. Replant with "eyes" about an inch below the soil surface.

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