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Cactus, succulents focus of free class Sunday

Yolo master gardeners also to present garden talk, plant sale soon

Learn to how to take cuttings from cactuses and succulents -- and turn one plant into many -- at a free class Sunday.

Learn to how to take cuttings from cactuses and succulents -- and turn one plant into many -- at a free class Sunday.

Kathy Morrison

If you're a fan of cactus gardening, or have wanted to learn how to propagate succulents, a free event this Sunday in West Sacramento is ideal for you.

Oct. 1 has been designated Family Cactus-Succulent Day by the UCCE master gardeners of Yolo County.  The event, from noon to 2 p.m., will feature instructions on how to propagate and care for cuttings from cactus plants and succulents.

Family Cactus-Succulent Day will take place in the parking lot at Lenise's Cafe, 3250 Jefferson Blvd., West Sacramento.

The Yolo master gardeners have a busy week ahead. They also will present their monthly Kitchen Garden Chat, in person and simultaneously online, 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7.  The in-person chat will be in the Leake Room of the Woodland Public Library,  250 First St., Woodland. Visit their information page here to get the Zoom link.

Also that Saturday will be the first of the Yolo master gardeners' two plant sale days, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Woodland Community College, 2300 E. Gibson Road in Woodland.  Drought-tolerant ornamental garden plants (bulbs, rhizomes, California native plants, perennials, and succulents) will be available. Quart-size pots are $5 each and gallon pots are $6 each.  Cash and checks are accepted (no credit cards). 

The second day of the sale will be Saturday, Oct. 14, same time and place. For a full plant list, follow the link on this information page.

And anyone with a garden problem or question can stop in at Lowe's in West Sacramento between 10 a.m. and noon Oct. 7 -- those active Yolo master gardeners will staff  the "Questions and Answers Desk" that morning.

For more information on the Yolo County master gardener events, visit their website,


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For week of Nov. 26:

Concentrate on helping your garden stay comfortable during these frosty nights – and clean up all those leaves!

* Irrigate frost-tender plants such as citrus in the late afternoon. That extra soil moisture increases temperatures around the plant a few degrees, just enough to prevent frost damage. The exception are succulents; too much water before frost can cause them to freeze.

* Cover sensitive plants before the sun goes down. Use cloth sheets or frost cloths, not plastic sheeting, to hold in warmth. Make sure to remove covers in the morning.

* Use fall leaves as mulch around shrubs and vegetables. Mulch acts as a blanket and keeps roots warmer.

* Stop dead-heading; let rose hips form on bushes to prompt dormancy.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs.

* Clean and sharpen garden tools before storing for the winter.

* Brighten the holidays with winter bloomers such as poinsettias, amaryllis, calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies and primroses.

* Keep poinsettias in a sunny, warm location – and definitely indoors overnight. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they’ll bloom again next December.

* Rake and remove dead leaves and stems from dormant perennials.

* Plant spring bulbs. Don’t forget the tulips chilling in the refrigerator. Daffodils can be planted without pre-chilling.

* This is also a good time to seed wildflowers and plant such spring bloomers as sweet peas, sweet alyssum and bachelor buttons.

* Plant trees and shrubs. They’ll benefit from fall and winter rains while establishing their roots.

* Set out cool-weather annuals such as pansies and snapdragons.

* Lettuce, cabbage and broccoli also can be planted now.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Bare-root season begins now. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb.

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