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My Giving Story
#MyGivingStory is a nationwide social media storytelling contest sponsored by Giving Tuesday that aims to foster a public discussion about the reasons people give. From November 17th–December 31st, 2016, Giving Tuesday asks individuals to share personal stories about what inspires them to give (time, money, advocacy, etc.) to a favorite non-profit organization. Grant prizes ranging from $2,000-10,000 will go to the organizations featured in the top six stories. $2,000 will go to the organizations featured in the two stories awarded honorable mentions for “Best Use of Original Video.”
Dear Yolo County Gardener,
We’d be honored if you would take this opportunity to reflect upon your commitment to our work.
How to Enter #MyGivingStory
- Go to the contest entry form (http://bit.ly/2fM4SJp) or visit the #MyGivingStory tab on #GivingTuesday’s Facebook page.
- Post a short essay (150- 600 words) responding to the question, “What inspires you to give?”
- In it, tell the story of a specific instance in which you supported a nonprofit organization in a way that was meaningful to you.
- Submit your story by December 31st
- Share and promote your submission on social media with #MyGivingStory and #GivingTuesday.
- Contact email@example.com with any questions.
Thank you for your support of the Yolo County Master Gardeners.
Aaugh! What is this stuff on my plants!?
These spit like foam balls on your plants are caused by the spittle bug nymph that is encased inside the 'spittle' and very common this time of year on a variety of plants.
Spittlebugs occur throughout the U.S. and can at least occasionally be found on almost any plant.
Adult spittlebugs are inconspicuous, often greenish or brownish insects, about 1/4 inch long. Adult spittlebugs look like leafhoppers and readily jump or fly when disturbed. Immature spittlebugs are recognized by the frothy white mass that nymphs surround themselves with on plant tissue where they feed.
Adult females lay small eggs in rows in hidden parts of the plant, such as the sheath between leaves and stems. Nymphs undergo about five molts, and may be orange, yellow, or green. More than one nymph may be found in a single spittle mass.
Spittlebugs suck plant juices. Heavy infestations may distort plant tissue and slow plant growth. The obvious and occasionally abundant masses of white foam on cones, foliage, or stems may be unsightly, but spittlebugs do not seriously harm established woody plants.
Spittlebugs can be tolerated; they do not usually cause significant damage. Handpick or wash off with water. Spittlebugs are more likely to become abundant on woody plants when they migrate from nearby herbaceous species. Cut weeds or wash spittlebugs off these alternate hosts in the spring, before the insects mature and can spread.
November in the Garden
Watch for early frost and cover container plants that may be sensitive. Bring others indoors.
Irrigation systems may be turned off this month in most years. If rain is late, you may need to continue to irrigate. A soil moisture sensor may be useful.
Sharpen shears and loppers: a clean cut is a healthy cut.
Protect newly planted annuals and emerging bulbs from slugs and snails.
Continue to clean up the garden to discourage disease.
Look for late aphids on winter vegetable crops. Blast them off with water.
Some fruit trees will require dormant spraying this month. Apply first dose of fixed copper as dormant spray.
Avoid over-pruning of perennials to reduce their susceptibility to freeze damage in the coming winter.
Time to Plant
Bulbs and Flowers
Plant bulbs for spring bloom, such as daffodils, freesias, crocus, scilla, lirope, muscari, allium, and Dutch iris.
Purchase amaryllis, narcissus, and hyacinth bulbs for indoor forcing.
Plant campanula, columbine, delphinium, oriental poppy, scaveola, and salvia.
Plant Flower seeds for spring bloom.
Vegetables & Herbs
Directly seed fava beans and peas.
Transplant seedlings or purchased plants of kale, lettuce, spinach, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, peas, beans, beets and carrots.
Harvest broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, radishes, rutabaga, lettuce, turnips, and potatoes.
New 2016 Edition "Gardener's Companion" Garden Journal on sale now! $18
Journal includes :
- Monthly Planting Guides
- Monthly Garden Checklist
- Vegetable Planting Guide
- Drought Tolerant Plants
- Guides to Growing
and much more for the Yolo County Gardener.
All sale proceeds support The UC Master Gardener's of Yolo County.
Is freeze in the forecast?
Yes! Read about how to protect sensitive plants from the low temperatures that are forecast this week. Follow this link
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Gardening with Limited Water
Learn the best ways to care for your plants during this drought. Either select the link from the top navigation above or click here for links to helpful information about using less water in your garden.