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Learn how to battle bad bugs naturally

Be on the lookout for these pests. They're leaf-footed bugs and they love summer vegetables. Learn natural controls during a free class in Woodland. (Photo: Debbie Arrington)

Yolo County agency offers free class in integrated pest management

What’s bugging you? Get a jump on summer pests and learn how to better protect your garden during a free class in integrated pest management, offered by Yolo County’s Health and Human Services Agency.

Set for 5:15 p.m. next Wednesday, June 26, the course will be held at the Hanna and Herber Bauer Memorial Garden in Woodland. The garden is located at 137 N. Cottonwood St., behind the agency’s Bauer Building. The 90-minute course is scheduled to be held outdoors, weather permitting. (If it’s too hot, the class will retreat indoors.) Participants are encouraged to dress for warm weather (including a hat) and bring water.

Yolo County master gardener Barbara Ohlendorf will lead this short course in IPM, a low-cost and natural approach to reducing unwanted pests in your garden. According to the agency, participants will learn how to identify beneficial insects versus unwanted pests, determine if those pests are becoming a problem and learn about natural methods of pest control. There will be time to ask questions and discuss common pest problems in our region.

Pre-registration is required; deadline is Tuesday, June 25. To register, contact Yolo County’s garden guru David Linebarger at (530) 666-8429

Free gardening classes are offered throughout the year at this community garden. To learn more about garden activities and classes, visit or .


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Make the most of this cooler weather. Get to work on your fall garden:

* October is the best month to plant trees, shrubs and perennials. Plants become established – sending down deep, strong roots – faster in warm soil.

* Divide and replant perennials. Add a little well-aged compost and bone meal to the planting hole, but hold off on other fertilizers until spring. Keep the transplants well-watered (but not wet) for the first month as they become settled.

* Now is the time to plant seeds for many flowers directly into the garden, including cornflower, nasturtium, nigella, poppy, portulaca, sweet pea and stock.

* Plant seeds for radishes, bok choy, mustard, spinach and peas.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Set out cool-weather bedding plants, including calendula, pansy, snapdragon, primrose and viola.

* Reseed and feed the lawn. Work on bare spots.

* Dig up corms and tubers of gladioli, dahlias and tuberous begonias after the foliage dies. Clean and store in a cool, dry place.

* Treat azaleas, gardenias and camellias with chelated iron if leaves are yellowing between the veins.

* Clean up the summer vegetable garden and compost disease-free foliage.

* Harvest pumpkins and winter squash.

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