Using basil, growing beets to be topics of Yolo master gardeners' workshop
If you have more basil than you know what to do with, check out the Yolo County master gardeners' "Gardening for Year Round Meals" session this Saturday.
"Gardening for Year Round Meals," a monthly program of the Yolo County master gardeners, for August takes up the specific topic of "enjoying your basil harvest."
The one-hour program, which will begin at 11 a.m. this Saturday, Aug. 12, also will cover how to plant beets for success.
Led by master gardener Pam McCabe, the session takes place at Grace Garden, behind the Davis United Methodist Church, 1620 Anderson Road, Davis.
Recipes for using the August harvest also will be available. This program is free and open to the public.
"Gardening For Year Round Meals" meets on the second Saturday of every month.
For more information on Yolo County master gardener events, go to https://yolomg.ucanr.edu/?calendar=yes&g=57253
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