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Walk with Warren and enjoy fall foliage

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Warren Roberts will regale visitors with stories and information about plants in the UC Davis Arboretum on
Wednesday, Nov. 13. (Photo courtesy UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden)

UC Davis Arboretum tour set for noon Nov. 13

Get out and enjoy this amazing fall weather – and beautiful foliage, too – during another “Walk with Warren.”

Set for noon Wednesday, Nov. 13, this free guided tour of the UC Davis Arboretum will be led by famous plantsman and storyteller Warren Roberts, the arboretum’s superintendent emeritus and all-around expert. Beloved for his plant puns as well as encyclopedic knowledge, Roberts is a delightful lunchtime companion. He’ll show off the arboretum’s autumn bloomers as well as other fall highlights.

Meet Roberts at the Arboretum Gazebo. Free one-hour parking is available along Garrod Drive near the gazebo. Or park in Visitor Lot 55 ($9) and stay longer.

After this November gathering, Roberts has one more tour scheduled for 2019 at noon Dec. 11.

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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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