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Take a ramble through a 1-acre native plant garden

See fall color and growth, wildflowers and wildlife

Patricia Carpenter's 1-acre garden west of Davis will be open to pre-registered visitors on Sunday.

Patricia Carpenter's 1-acre garden west of Davis will be open to pre-registered visitors on Sunday. Courtesy Patricia Carpenter

Revel in fall air and fall color by taking a stroll this Sunday through a native plant expert's rambling Yolo County property.

Patricia Carpenter, a California Native Plant Society Garden Ambassador, will open her secluded 1-acre garden for free self-guided tours from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6. Pre-registration is required and available here. Carpenter's non-native garden also will be open to view.

Started in 2005, the garden is off Russell Boulevard and Pierce Ranch Road west of Davis. It features more than 400 species and cultivars of California natives. Carpenter says the plantings are roughly grouped into natural communities that include a redwood grove (inherited), coastal, valley grassland, foothill, slough edge and desert areas.  A map of the layout is on the Garden Ambassdor page.

Carpenter herself will be present at 10 a.m. and noon for an optional orientation and Q&A session.

Miridae Mobile Plant Nursery also will be on hand with a selection of native plants for sale. See the current inventory here.

The garden ramble will go forward rain or shine. Visitors are advised to wear sturdy shoes; masks are optional. Snacks or lunch may be brought along, and a composting toilet is available.

No dogs, please. 

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The warm wave coming this week will shift weeds into overdrive. Get to work!

* Weed, weed, weed! Whack them before they flower.

* Mulch around plants to conserve moisture and control weeds.

* Smell orange blossoms? Feed citrus trees with a low dose of balanced fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) during bloom to help set fruit. Keep an eye out for ants.

* Apply slow-release fertilizer to the lawn.

* Thoroughly clean debris from the bottom of outdoor ponds or fountains.

* Spring brings a flush of rapid growth, and that means your garden is really hungry. Feed shrubs and trees with a slow-release fertilizer. Or mulch with a 1-inch layer of compost.

* Azaleas and camellias looking a little yellow? If leaves are turning yellow between the veins, give them a boost with chelated iron.

* Trim dead flowers but not leaves from spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. Those leaves gather energy to create next year's flowers. Also, give the bulbs a fertilizer boost after bloom.

* Pinch chrysanthemums back to 12 inches for fall flowers. Cut old stems to the ground.

* From seed, plant beans, beets, cantaloupes, carrots, corn, cucumbers, melons, radishes and squash. Plant onion sets.

* In the flower garden, plant seeds for asters, cosmos, celosia, marigolds, salvia, sunflowers and zinnias. Transplant petunias, zinnias, geraniums and other summer bloomers.

* Plant perennials and dahlia tubers for summer bloom. April is about the last chance to plant summer bulbs, such as gladiolus and tuberous begonias.

* Transplant lettuce and cabbage seedlings.

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