Learn how to plan a winter garden at August Kitchen Garden Chat


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By Denise Cottrell
Special to the Express

Are you wishing for cooler weather? The summer heat can limit the time gardeners spend outdoors. However, there are indoor garden tasks that can benefit your garden such as attending a class or conducting research. The Master Gardeners of Yolo County provide those “indoor” gardening tasks by providing University of California research-based information and assistance through classes and talks.

So take a break from the summer heat and join Master Gardener Treva Valentine for a Kitchen Garden Chat on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Woodland Public Library in the Leake Conference Room (250 1st St., Woodland) or on Zoom (https://ucanr.zoom.us/j/98028723763). 

Every month the Kitchen Garden Chat provides information on tasks for the year-round edible garden. In addition to tips for caring for your edible garden in August, Valentine will also discuss why August is the perfect time to get started on your winter garden. Edible gardening need not end with the summer, so attend this chat to learn why August is the time to focus on the winter garden.

In addition to planning for the future, this month’s chat will also provide an overview of what can go wrong with your tomato plants. Find out why your tomato plants are not growing and producing as you expected and how to respond to various conditions. 

If you are unable to attend the August “Kitchen Garden Chat” you may get help and/or advice with your garden by phone through the Master Gardener Hotline 530-666-8737 or by sending your question via email to

Upcoming series
The Yolo County Master Gardeners in conjunction with Yolo County Library present Thursday Afternoon Gardening Talks on Zoom every second and fourth Thursday of the month from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. (except in the month of December). The workshops are free. 

Those who 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 for Master Gardener’s monthly events.

Save the date for the August programs on Aug. 11 and Aug. 25.

The August programs will focus on California native plants, how to incorporate them into an existing drought tolerant garden, and how to select and care for them to look their best.

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