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Zoom in on the Kitchen Garden: Tomatoes, pests and more

Yolo master gardeners present an online and in-person chat

So the tomatoes are starting to grow -- and the pests appear.

So the tomatoes are starting to grow -- and the pests appear.

Kathy Morrison

The tomatoes are finally in the ground, growing and even setting fruit. Then the pests start to appear, especially the dreaded tomato hornworm. Or the tomatoes develop brownish spots on the bottom -- blossom end rot!

What's a tomato grower to do?

Certainly, prevention and awareness are keys to keeping those tomatoes from harm. At 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, in a hybrid in-person and Zoom online event, the Yolo County master gardeners will present their lastest Kitchen Garden Chat on this topic and more.

"We will talk about what to do in the edible garden with emphasis on pests and tomato issues and how to store the summer bounty," say the organizers.

The in-person event will be in the Leake Room of the Woodland Public Library, 250 First St., Woodland. To view the chat via Zoom, go to The event is free and open to all.

In addition, if you happen to be at the Woodland farmers market Saturday morning, starting at 9 a.m. the Yolo master gardeners will be staffing a table. Bring gardening questions and plant problems to them for potential solutions. 

Looking ahead, an in-person workshop on "Gardening for Year-Round Meals" will be presented by the Yolo master gardeners on Saturday, June 10, at 11 a.m.,  United Methodist Church/Grace Gardens, 1620 Anderson Road, Davis.

For more on these events, check the Yolo MGs' Facebook page:

For general information on the UCCE master gardeners of Yolo County, visit 


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This week our weather will be just right for fall gardening. What are you waiting for?

* Now is the time to plant for fall. The warm soil will get these veggies off to a fast start.

* Keep harvesting tomatoes, peppers, squash, melons and eggplant. Tomatoes may ripen faster off the vine and sitting on the kitchen counter.

* Compost annuals and vegetable crops that have finished producing.

* Cultivate and add compost to the soil to replenish its nutrients for fall and winter vegetables and flowers.

* Fertilize deciduous fruit trees.

* Plant onions, lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, bok choy, spinach and potatoes directly into the vegetable beds.

* Transplant cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower as well as lettuce seedlings.

* Sow seeds of California poppies, clarkia and African daisies.

* Transplant cool-weather annuals such as pansies, violas, fairy primroses, calendulas, stocks and snapdragons.

* Divide and replant bulbs, rhizomes and perennials. That includes bearded iris; if they haven’t bloomed in three years, it’s time to dig them up and divide their rhizomes.

* Dig up and divide daylilies as they complete their bloom cycle.

* Divide and transplant peonies that have become overcrowded. Replant with “eyes” about an inch below the soil surface.

* Late September is ideal for sowing a new lawn or re-seeding bare spots.

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