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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: https://ucanr.zoom.us/j/98028723763.

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

Details on the sales or workshop: https://yolomg.ucanr.edu/.

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For week of Feb. 18:

It's wet to start the week. When you do get outside, between or after storms, concentrate on damage control:

* Keep storm drains and gutters clear of debris.

* Clean up tree debris knocked down by wind and rain.

* Where did the water flow in your garden? Make notes where revisions are necessary.

* Are any trees leaning? See disturbances in the ground or lawn around their base? Time to call an arborist before the tree topples.

* Dump excess water out of pots.

* Indoors, start peppers, tomatoes and eggplant from seed.

* Lettuce and other greens also can be started indoors from seed.

* Got bare-root plants? Put their roots in a bucket of water until outdoor soil dries out. Or pot them up in 1- or 5-gallon containers. In April, transplant the plant, rootball and all, into the garden.

* Browse garden websites and catalogs. It’s not too late to order for spring and summer.

* Show your indoor plants some love. Dust leaves and mist to refresh.

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