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Insect and art events highlight busy October weekend

Loomis in the spotlight with compost class, High-Hand Nursery event

The Bohart Museum of Entomology celebrates insects in art and culture during its Saturday event.

The Bohart Museum of Entomology celebrates insects in art and culture during its Saturday event.

Bohart Museum of Entomology, UC Davis

Another busy October weekend! In addition to the Sierra Foothills Rose Show, which we wrote about earlier this week, these gardening and outdoor events are on tap Saturday:

Free composting workshop, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Loomis Library, 6050 Library Road, Loomis. The Placer County master gardeners will present the basics of backyard composting and how it can improve the soil. Learn how to get started and keep the compost pile healthy.

 — Special talk on “Plants, Insects and Art: Mary Foley Benson's Scientific Illustrations,” 11 a.m. Saturday at the Teaching and Learning Complex (TLC) Building on the UC Davis campus.  This event is part of Spirit Week  for  Aggie students, parents and alumni, but all are welcome.  Srđan Tunić, a candidate for an M.A. in art history  and an associate at the Bohart Museum of Entomology at UC Davis, will highlight the work of the late artist (1905-1992) and the collection of her work owned by UC Davis. Here’s a link to her beautiful illustration of a harlequin bug.

October Outreach event focusing on “Insects, Art & Culture,” 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, UC Davis. The Bohart invites everyone to come learn about insects through the lenses of art and culture. (Spider-Man, anyone?) This event also is part of Spirit Week but the public is welcome. Free admission and parking. The Bohart is in Room 1124, Academic Surge Building, 455 Crocker Lane, UC Davis Main Campus. Map here.

– Grand opening of the High-Hand Mercantile, 5-8 p.m. Saturday. High-Hand Nursery and Cafe in Loomis is ready to reveal the renovated Mercantile. Light bites and complimentary wine while it lasts, and 10 percent off all purchases at the High-Hand Flower Market and on all pottery. 3570 Taylor Road, Loomis. Map here

-- Kathy Morrison


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For week of Dec. 10:

Take advantage of these dry but crisp conditions. It’s time to get out the rake!

* Rake leaves away from storm drains and keep gutters clear.

* Fallen leaves can be used for mulch and compost. Chop up large leaves with a couple of passes with a lawn mower.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs while they’re dormant. Without their foliage, trees are easier to prune.

* Rake and remove dead leaves and stems from dormant perennials.

* Make sure to take frost precautions with new transplants and sensitive plants. Mulch, water and cover tender plants in the late afternoon to retain warmth.

* Succulent plants are at particular risk if temperatures drop below freezing. Don’t water succulents before frost; cover instead. Use cloth sheets, not plastic. Make sure to remove coverings during the day.

* Clean and sharpen garden tools before storing for the winter.

* Brighten the holidays with winter bloomers such as poinsettias, amaryllis, calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies and primroses.

* Keep poinsettias in a sunny, warm location. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they'll bloom again next December.

* Just because it rained doesn't mean every plant got watered. Give a drink to plants that the rain didn't reach, such as under eaves or under evergreen trees. Also, well-watered plants hold up better to frost than thirsty plants.

* Plant garlic (December's the last chance -- the ground is getting cold!) and onions for harvest in summer.

* Bare-root season begins. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb. Beware of soggy soil. It can rot bare-root plants.

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