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Ornamental Edibles for the Warm Season

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Billie Parish, Butte County Master Gardener, April 10, 2015
Right now, as seed racks appear in grocery stores and nurseries begin to stock summer plant starts, the options for vegetable gardens seem endless. This year, rather than relegating your fruits and vegetables to the ‘edibles' section of the yard, why not let them work double time as ornamental plants too?

Treat edibles the same way you would ornamentals, by considering each plant's growth habit, color, and texture. For instance, experiment with contrasting dark and light colors by alternating green and purple basils; or complement the wispy foliage of variegated society garlic (Tulbaghia violacea), which has edible leaves and flowers, with the more stately structure of a yellow scallop (“pattypan”) squash plant. Read more about Ornamental Edibles

  

What's going on in April


Events

Gardening with California Natives
5 week series with Master Gardener, Cindy Weiner.
Must join OLLI to attend this series. 

Starting Your Spring Garden
Part of the Oroville AAFCC Community Garden Workshop Series
April 11, 10:00am

Build a Compost Bin (Reservations required plus a materials fee of $30)
Part of the Master Gardener Spring Workshop Series at the Demonstration Garden

April 11, 10-11:30am

Backyard Bees (Reservations Required)
Part of the Master Gardener Spring Workshop Series at the Demonstration Garden

April 15, 10-11:00am

Chico Farmers' Market
April 18, 7:30am to 12:30pm
Downtown Chico Municipal Parking Lot 2nd St. & Wall St.

Downtown Oroville Farmer's Market
April 22, 4–8pm
Myers St and Bird St., Oroville

Seeds and Seed Starting
Part of the Oroville AAFCC Community Garden Workshop Series
April 25, 10:00am

Garden Design  Reservations Required)
Part of the Master Gardener Spring Workshop Series at the Demonstration Garden
April 25, 11-1:00pm


Gardening Tips for April

  • Fertilize shrubs and trees once during the spring.
  • Apply chelated iron to azaleas, gardenias and camellias if leaves are yellowing between the veins.
  • Trim dead flowers, but not leaves from spring bulbs.  Fertilize bulbs after bloom.
  • Thin early-maturing peaches and nectarines.
  • Thoroughly clean debris from pond bottom, fountains and bird baths.
  • Fertilize citrus with a low dose of balanced fertilizer during bloom and fruit set.


Vegetable Planting Guides:
Chico Valley Area (pdf), Foothills (pdf)

 

 

 

Gardening Questions?

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Visit or Call the Hotline
Wednesday 9-12pm
Thursday 1-4pm

Call 530-538-7201

Or, drop by the Butte County Cooperative Extension Office
2279-B Del Oro Avenue 
Oroville, CA 95965

Catch us in person at local Farmers’ Markets or at one of our informational booths. Check out where we'll be on the Events page.


What’s Hot at the Hotline?
When should I spray for peach leaf curl? Answer.

 

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