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Find water-wise perennials at drive-through sale

During COVID restrictions, Yolo County master gardeners offer convenient (and safe) solution

French lavender, a favorite of bees, will be among the plants sold by the Yolo County master gardeners this week. (Photo: Debbie Arrington)

Get great plants, help master gardeners – and stay safe, too.

This week, the UC Cooperative Extension Yolo County Master Gardeners will host their “Premier Pre-Order Drive-Up Plant Sale.” Order by noon Thursday, Oct. 8. Then, pick-up at Woodland Community College on Saturday morning, Oct 9, between 9 a.m. and noon.

“Due to COVID-19, the YC Master Gardeners will be offering perennial drought-tolerant landscape plants online,” says the master gardeners’ website.

And the selection is enough to fill a landscape with attractive low-water favorites (such as aloe, agave, salvias and lavender) to more unusual choices (such as dragonfruit and Algerian iris). Find the full illustrated catalog here:

Make your selections, then go to the master gardeners’ checkout page:

Pay for your order and print out your receipt. Then, bring that receipt Saturday morning to Woodland College, 2300 E. Gibson Road, Woodland.

Your order will be placed in your car with no contact. Please wear a face mask.

More details and links:

- 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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