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Learn about oaks, more at UC Davis Arboretum


Learn all about  the UC Davis Arboretum's oaks -- such as the ones reflected here in Putah Creek -- during UC Davis Biodiversity Day on Saturday. Earlier, on Wednesday, take a free Walk with Warren, also in the Arboretum. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)
Take a winter 'Walk with Warren,' bring whole family to Learning Day

See what’s happening at the UC Davis Arboretum – and learn a lot – during two events this week.

At noon Wednesday, Feb. 12, everybody’s favorite arboretum guide, Warren Roberts, will lead a pun-filled and informative tour during his monthly “Walk with Warren.” The arboretum’s superintendent emeritus will highlight winter bloomers and early signs of spring during this free walking tour. Meet at the Arboretum Gazebo – and wear comfortable shoes.

On Saturday, Feb. 15, let the arboretum be the learning zone for your whole family during the UC Davis Biodiversity Learning Day. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., go behind the scenes to explore and engage with scientists and students as you learn about the diversity of life on campus. The arboretum’s exploration will take place under the trees in the Shields Oak Grove.

Join oak expert Emily Griswold on an informative tour of the grove. Play oak-centric games and win prizes. Learn about what’s inside an oak gall and much more. Admission is free.

On Learning Day, a dozen different university museums will participate in this popular event designed for all ages.

For more details and maps of both events:
arboretum.ucdavis.edu .

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Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

* Harvest tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplant. Prompt picking will help keep plants producing.

* Remove spent flowers from roses, daylilies and other bloomers as they finish flowering.

* Pinch off blooms from basil so the plant will grow more leaves.

* Cut back lavender after flowering to promote a second bloom.

* One good thing about hot days: Most lawns stop growing when temperatures top 95 degrees. Keep mower blades set on high.

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