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Butterflies, bees will love this plant sale


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PUBLISHED APR 25, 2019
Milkweed is a must-have for monarch butterflies. (Photo: Cheryl Rose)
UC Davis Arboretum hosts sale Saturday

Want more bees and butterflies? Find plants beneficial insects can’t resist at the UC Davis Arboretum’s public plant sale.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27, the Arboretum Teaching Nursery will open its gates to customers; no membership necessary.

This spring, the arboretum plant sales focus on low-water, flowering plants that support beneficial insects such as bees and butterflies. Find an outstanding selection of pollinator favorites including many Arboretum All-Stars and California natives.

The nursery is located on Garrod Drive near the university’s veterinary hospital. A list of plants is available online. Details: http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu .

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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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