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Find heirloom tomatoes, perennials at Yolo plant sales

Master gardeners host Saturday sales in Woodland  – plus an online garden chat

Tomato-growing season will begin soon, really! Anyone looking for heirloom tomato starts can check out the Yolo master gardener plant sales April 1 or April 8. Perennials will be on sale, too.

Tomato-growing season will begin soon, really! Anyone looking for heirloom tomato starts can check out the Yolo master gardener plant sales April 1 or April 8. Perennials will be on sale, too.

Kathy Morrison

Got plants? Yolo County master gardeners do – including heirloom tomato seedlings ready for spring planting.

On two Saturdays – April 1 and 8 – find an excellent selection of tomato varieties plus drought-tolerant perennials at the Yolo County master gardeners’ Spring Plant Sales at Woodland Community College. Open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. both Saturdays, the sales will be held in the college’s shade house/greenhouse area (look for the signs).

These plants were lovingly nurtured by Yolo County master gardeners and are ready for planting (as soon as the rain stops). They’re priced to sell: Plants in 1-gallon pots are $6 each; $4.50 for plants in quart-size containers. Tomato plants are $3 apiece. Cash or check only.

Woodland Community College is located at 2300 E. Gibson Road, Woodland.

Wondering what to do in your April garden – and confused by all this rainy weather? Get some answers during a free Zoom workshop, also on Saturday, April 1, and offered by the Yolo County master gardeners. At 10 a.m., UCCE Yolo County Master Gardener Treva Valentine will share her “Kitchen Garden Chat,” part of a monthly online series open free to the public.

April is the month of action,” say the master gardeners. “Drawing on her vast experience and amusing anecdotes about tending the edible garden, Treva will lead a discussion about what to be doing in the month of April in the edible garden, including growing veggies in containers and how to deal with springtime pests. As always, participants are encouraged to bring all of their edible garden questions to share.”

No advance registration is required. To tune into Treva, click this Zoom link:

“Kitchen Garden Chat” is held via Zoom at 10 a.m. the first Saturday of each month.

Details on the sales or workshop:


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For week of June 4:

Because of the comfortable weather, it’s not too late to set out tomato and pepper seedlings as well as squash and melon plants. They’ll appreciate this not-too-hot weather. Just remember to water.

* From seed, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, melons, squash and sunflowers.

* Plant basil to go with your tomatoes.

* Transplant summer annuals such as petunias, marigolds and zinnias.

* It’s also a good time to transplant perennial flowers including astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia, salvia and verbena.

* Let the grass grow longer. Set the mower blades high to reduce stress on your lawn during summer heat. To cut down on evaporation, water your lawn deeply during the wee hours of the morning, between 2 and 8 a.m.

* Tie up vines and stake tall plants such as gladiolus and lilies. That gives their heavy flowers some support.

* Dig and divide crowded bulbs after the tops have died down.

* Feed summer flowers with a slow-release fertilizer.

* Mulch, mulch, mulch! This “blanket” keeps moisture in the soil longer and helps your plants cope during hot weather.

* Thin grapes on the vine for bigger, better clusters later this summer.

* Cut back fruit-bearing canes on berries.

* Feed camellias, azaleas and other acid-loving plants.

* Trim off dead flowers from rose bushes to keep them blooming through the summer. Roses also benefit from deep watering and feeding now. A top dressing of aged compost will keep them happy. It feeds as well as keeps roots moist.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushier plants with many more flowers in September.

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