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UCCE Master Gardeners of Yolo November events

By Denise Cottrell, Master Gardener of Yolo County
Special to the Express

Do you ever find yourself ready to work in the garden and have no idea where to start? The UCCE Master Gardeners of Yolo County can help with their online monthly garden checklist. With a couple of clicks, you can find out what “needs doing” for the month of November, from lawn care to vegetables and flower bulbs, the Master Gardeners have a list to get you started with University of California research-based information.

In addition to the website, assistance is also provided to home gardeners through free publications, classes, plant sales, and more. Monthly events also address seasonal garden issues and provide topic-specific information. Monthly events are listed on the Yolo County Master Gardeners’ website (https://yolomg.ucanr.edu) under the banner, Public Education – Events. All events are open to the public at no cost.

Listed below are the educational events scheduled for the month of November.

Master Gardener Jim Schulte will present “Bulbs and Flowers,” an informative lecture on fall planting for spring flowers at the Woodland Community and Senior Center (2001 East St., Woodland) on Friday, Nov. 4, from 1:30–2:30 p.m.

“The November Garden” is the topic for this month’s “Kitchen Garden Chat” on Saturday, November 5th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Led by Master Gardener Treva Valentine, the hybrid meeting will take place in-person in the in the Leake Room at the Woodland Public Library (address) and online via Zoom (https://ucanr.zoom.us/j/98028723763). This month’s talk will provide timely information regarding what to plant in November. In addition, Ms. Valentine will provide tips on tool sharpening for winter pruning. And don’t forget the upcoming holiday season, this talk will also provide garden-themed gift ideas for the holidays.

The Yolo County Master Gardeners in conjunction with Yolo County Library will present one Thursday Afternoon Gardening Talk for the month of November. Join via Zoom to attend this workshop on Nov. 10 from 3–4 p.m. The workshop is organized by Master Gardener Mike Kluk in conjunction with Librarian Joan Truss. If you wish to attend, send an email to Joan Tuss, at the Yolo County Library, joan.tuss@yolocounty.org or Jennifer Baumbach, at UCCE Master Gardeners Yolo, jmbaumbach@ucanr.edu. You will receive the link and will also be put on a mailing list to receive a notice of the events sponsored by the UCCE Master Gardeners of Yolo County and Yolo County Library.

This month’s topic is “What to Do Now in the Garden.” The talk will provide a blueprint for how to garden in the late Fall and Winter. From planting and pruning to irrigation, and cleanup to inhibit harmful insects from wintering over, Kluk will provide the steps and knowledge to successfully maintain your garden in the Fall. This workshop will also provide the opportunity to discuss whether there is an interest in continuing the Thursday Zoom Master Gardener Workshops next year, and if so, what topics people would like to see covered. Please come with your ideas and suggestions.

“Gardening for Year-Round Meals” is a new outdoor program offered by UCCE Yolo County Master Gardeners at Grace Garden, located at 1620 Anderson Rd., Davis. Join in on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 11 a.m. to Noon and meet Yolo County Master Gardener Pam McCabe. Her initial talk will cover pomegranates, lemongrass, and Brussels sprouts- how to grow, harvest and enjoy them for seasonal meals. In addition, McCabe will also review gardening tasks for the November edible garden.

No matter what garden task or plant might have you stumped, you can obtain information about a specific garden issue by contacting the Master Gardeners via phone or email. Leave a message at the Master Gardener hotline at 530 666-8736 or send an email to mgyolo@ucdavis.edu, and someone will get back to you.

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