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
- Continue to provide trees and shrubs with deep soaking at the drip line during hot weather.
- Rebuild water basins around trees if necessary
- Adjust your automatic watering to account for changing weather
- Keep compost pile moist, turn to aerate
- Fertilize indoor plants as needed
- fertilize aquatic plants for the last time this season
- Maturs fruit trees should be fertilized with a pount of nitroget
- Apply chelated iron if leaves are yellow with green leaves
- check roses for spider mites and hose off early in the day
- While it is still hot solarize soil using clear plastic to kill weeds and nematodes
- Pick up old veggies and fruit to prevent disease and add them to the compost pile
- Provide afternoon shade to vegetables and transplants to avoid sunscald
- Put melons, winter squash, and pumpkins on boards to protect from rot and insects
- remove spent flowers for continuing bloom
- Start dividing iris bulbs
Time to Plant
- Yarrow, asters, begonias, coreopsis, daylilies, geraniums, and lantana--will need protection from afternoon sun and careful watering
- Plant seeds of early blooming sweet peas now through October. Keep them watered and control for snails and slugsuntil they are established
- Start seeds of Fall and Winter blooming annuals including calendula, Iceland poppy, primrose, stock, and viola. als oplant seeds of Spring blooming feverfew, coreopsis, and penstemon in a protected area away from direct sun.
- Begin looking at acatalogs to gather ideas for fall planting
Vegetables and Herbs
- directly seed for carrots, rutabaga, turniups, and lettuce
- Transplant seedlings or purchased plants of Brussels sprouts, cabbage spinach, sweet potatoes, eggplant, peppers, winter squash, beets, potatoes, corn and beans
- Harvest melons when stems slip easily from the fruit, also harvest tomatoes, carrots, chard, peppers, cucumber, corn, green beans, and squash