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Kitchen garden talk on Zoom this Saturday

Yolo master gardeners also offer in-person workshop

Growing vegetables outside your back door is easy, healthy and fun.  Learn about edible gardening this weekend from the Yolo County master gardeners.

Growing vegetables outside your back door is easy, healthy and fun. Learn about edible gardening this weekend from the Yolo County master gardeners.

Kathy Morrison

The pandemic forced so many meetings and workshops onto Zoom, but these online calls proved to have an up-side: They could easily draw folks from all over. So Zoom continues as a viable option for master gardener presentations.

This Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. the Yolo County master gardeners will hold their monthly “Kitchen Garden Chat” on Zoom, so you needn’t be in Woodland or Davis to participate.

The workshop will cover what to do and plant in the February edible garden. Information to be covered includes how to read a seed packet, determining saved seed viability, and chores for fruit trees and grapevines.

The event is free and open to the public. The Zoom link is

However, Zoom isn’t your comfort zone, you might drop in on an in-person session on “Gardening for Year Round Meals,” also this Saturday, from 11 a.m. to noon at Grace Garden behind Davis Methodist Church, 1620 Anderson Road in Davis.

 “Gardening for Year Round Meals” is led by Yolo County master gardener Karen Slinkard. She plans to discuss starting seeds indoors for warm-season crops, what to plant outdoors in February, growing fresh herbs and how to use them, planning and enjoying edible flowers, and how to include the highly nutritious winter produce in your meals.  

This event also is free and open to the public. “Gardening For Year Round Meals” meets on the second Saturday of every month, at 11 a.m.  For more information, contact Slinkard at

For all the Yolo County master gardener activities, see their website at

– Kathy Morrison


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For week of March 26:

Sacramento can expect another inch of rain from this latest storm. Leave the sprinklers off at least another week. Temps will dip down into the low 30s early in the week, so avoid planting tender seedlings (such as tomatoes). Concentrate on these tasks before or after this week’s rain:

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* Knock off aphids with a strong blast of water or some bug soap as soon as they appear.

* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.

* Prepare summer vegetable beds. Spade in compost and other amendments.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Feed camellias at the end of their bloom cycle. Pick up browned and fallen flowers to help corral blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees, which are now in bloom and setting fruit.

To prevent sunburn and borer problems on young trees, paint the exposed portion of the trunk with diluted white latex (water-based) interior paint. Dilute the paint with an equal amount of cold water before application.

* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.

* Seed and renovate the lawn (if you still have one). Feed cool-season grasses such as bent, blue, rye and fescue with a slow-release fertilizer. Check the irrigation system and perform maintenance. Make sure sprinkler heads are turned toward the lawn, not the sidewalk.

* In the vegetable garden, transplant lettuce and kale.

* Seed chard and beets directly into the ground.

* Plant summer bulbs, including gladiolus, tuberous begonias and callas. Also plant dahlia tubers.

* Shop for perennials. Many varieties are available in local nurseries and at plant events. They can be transplanted now while the weather remains relatively cool.

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