Winters library offering free DIY succulent kit

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By Denise Cottrell & Ashleigh Torres Special to the Express Succulents are easy to grow as a houseplant or in the garden. Whether you are familiar with growing succulents or curious about growing them, now is the time to either add to your collection or try your hand at growing one. The Winters Community Library is offering a free adult do it yourself (DIY) succulent kit, as part of the Adult Summer Reading Program. The complete Take and Make DIY Succulent Kit includes a pot, plant, soil, instructions for decorating the pot and planting and caring for it. To receive a DIY kit stop by the Winters Community Library Teaching Garden on one of the following dates and times: -Aug. 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. -Aug. 20 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. -Aug. 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. -Aug. 27 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. The library garden is located at 708 Railroad Ave., with access through the front gate. Supplies are limited. When you pick up your kit, take a moment to wander through the teaching garden to view a variety of native plants and succulents. In addition, if you have any questions about gardening, a Yolo County Master Gardener will be available to answer your questions. Succulent care Succulents are about the easiest plants you can grow and require little care. They are made for water conservation. They require little or infrequent water because they store water and food in the spongy tissue in their leaves, stems, or roots. Despite this ability to store water, succulents require good drainage, and when you do water, allow the soil to dry out between watering. Water the soil directly and do not mist them. Indoor succulents should be grown in filtered light to protect from sunburn and consider rotating them to promote upright growth. If planted outdoors some succulents prefer full sun (six hours of direct sunlight a day) while others will do better in part shade (three to six hours of direct sunlight a day). Outside succulents can also be sensitive to cold and may require covering when temperatures drop below freezing. With over 10,000 succulent species in the world, whether you decide to grow succulents indoors or out in the garden, be sure to determine the needs for your specific succulent. The Take and Make DIY Succulent Kit provides an easy craft project and introduction to growing one of these interesting plants. For information from the Master Gardeners on succulent identification, care, and crafts visit

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