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Learn about fruit tree care in Woodland

If you want to grow perfect apples, or any other tree fruit, winter care
is a key to keeping the tree healthy. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)

Winter is best time to help your backyard orchard

Is your resolution to get your backyard orchard in shape? Or to start growing some of your own fruit?

Sign up now for this class on fruit tree care, offered by the Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency.

This free hands-on fruit tree care class will be held Saturday, Jan. 25, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Hanna & Herbert Bauer Memorial Community Garden, located at 137 N. Cottonwood St. in Woodland, behind the Bauer Building.

The interactive class will be taught by Bonnie Berman, a UC master gardener of Yolo County.

“Bonnie has a wealth of knowledge about fruit tree pruning, common fruit tree pests and how to control them, as well as tips on how to improve the lifespan of your fruit trees,” according to the class announcement. “Winter is the optimal time to care for your fruit trees to help them stay healthy and productive.”

Pre-registration for this class is required by Jan. 24; space is limited. To register, contact David Linebarger at:
530-666-8429 or .

“Participants are encouraged to dress for cold weather and wear shoes that can get dirty,” say the organizers. “In the event of steady rain, the class will be postponed or canceled.”

For more information, go here .


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Garden Checklist for week of July 7

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.

* Once the weather cools down a little, it’s not too late to add a splash of color. Plant petunias, snapdragons, zinnias and marigolds.

* After the heat wave, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, winter squash and sunflowers. Make sure the seeds stay hydrated.

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