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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 Dec. 3:

Make the most of gaps between raindrops. This is a busy month!

* Windy conditions brought down a lot of leaves. Make sure to rake them away from storm drains.

* Use those leaves as mulch around frost-tender shrubs and new transplants.

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

* 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 eves or under evergreen trees. Also, well-watered plants hold up better to frost than thirsty plants.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs while they're dormant.

* 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.

* Plant one last round of spring bulbs including daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths, anemones and scillas. Get those tulips out of the refrigerator and into the ground.

* This is also a good time to seed wildflowers such as California poppies.

* Plant such spring bloomers as sweet pea, sweet alyssum and bachelor buttons.

* Late fall is the best time to plant most trees and shrubs. This gives them plenty of time for root development before spring growth. They also benefit from fall and winter rains.

* Lettuce, cabbage and broccoli also can be planted now.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* 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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