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Take a summer morning ramble amid native plants

Registration required for free event Aug. 6

The coffeeberry, another name for California buckthorn, is a native shrub that can be found in several habitats around the state.

The coffeeberry, another name for California buckthorn, is a native shrub that can be found in several habitats around the state.

Photo courtesy Beth Savidge

What does a garden of California native plants look like in summer? Patricia Carpenter, a Garden Ambassador for the California Native Plant Society, invites visitors to come find out during the Seasonal Summer Ramble at her garden near Davis.

The 1-acre native garden will be open to visitors 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 6. The event is free but registration is required here. The non-native garden will be open to view as well.

Highlights of a summer ramble:
• See how plants adapt to heat and drought. Also, irrigation strategies.
• View summer blooms.
• Observe seasonal maintenance, seed collecting, and discuss plans for fall planting.

The Miridae Mobile Nursery will be on site for sales to anyone inspired to add more native plants to their garden.

Visitors can attend an optional short orientation and Q&A gathering with Patricia at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Meet near the check-in table.

Carpenter's garden is south of Russell Boulevard, west of Davis, at Pierce Ranch Road. A map link is available on the registration page.

Although masks are optional, visitors are asked to please respect distancing and mask wearing of other visitors. Wearing sturdy shoes is advised. No dogs, please.

Visitors are welcome to bring a snack to enjoy during the morning. A composting toilet available onsite.

To learn more about Carpenter's Garden Ambassadorship and her garden, visit the CNPS website here.


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For week of Sept. 24:

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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