The Yolo County Master Gardener's Website provides University of California research based information and assistance to home gardeners. Ask a question, attend a public class or find information through our free publications.
For more information about the Yolo County Master Gardener Program call: (530) 666-8143
Come and see us at the 2014 Yolo County Fair!
The UCCE Master Gardeners of Yolo County will again be participating in the Yolo County Fair.
Please visit our Information Table in the Flower Hall –
Wednesday, August 13 from 6pm to 9pm
Thursday, August 14 through Sunday, August 17 from 12pm to 9pm
During these same hours visit our Display Garden in the Flower Hall Courtyard. Our theme this year is Turn Down the Spigot. Our design will feature side-by-side gardens, offering a comparison between a traditional landscape and a revision of that landscape using drought-tolerant plants and other features that reduce water usage.
Please visit us at the 2014 Yolo County Fair!
July in the Garden
- Keep height of mower high this month to encourage deeper roots in turf grass
- Continue to deeply water young trees and shrubs. A raised rim of dirt or a basin will help trap water and allow slower penetration
- Deeply water to correct bitter cucumber and hepl prevent blossom end rot of tomatoes
- Regular deep irrigation is superior to frequest top watering as it encourages deeper root growth and is bettter for drought tolerant plants in the landscape
- Water container plants more often in the heat
- Move house plants away from sunny windows to avoid afternoon burn
- Feed citrus trees
- Apply BT to control hornworms on tomatoes and geranium (tobacco) budworms on petunias
- Continue to monitor for aphids and remove them with a sharp spray from the hose
- Control whiteflies with insecticidal soap
- Trap earwigs under damp cardboard or in damp rolled up newspaper
- Dead-head roses and other flowers
- Begin summer pruning of fruit trees this month
Time to Plant
- Heat-loving annuals such as cosmos, sweet alyssum, celosia, four o'clocks, marigolds, petunias, portulaca, annual salvia, sunflowers, verbena, anual vinca, and zinnascan be planted but will need careful watering and protection from hot afternoon sun
- Begin looking at acatalogs to gather ideas for fall planting
Vegetables and Herbs
- directly seed for Brussels sprouts, cabbage, parsnips, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, rutabaga, and lettuce
- Transplant seedlings or purchased plants of Brussels sprouts, celery, sweet potatoes, corn, summer and winter squash, cucumbers, beans, eggplant, and melons
- Harvest shallots, garlic, tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, chard, peppers, eggplant, cucumber, corn melon, and squash