- Author: Anne Schellman
Join local agencies, community partners, Stanislaus County residents, and more in celebrating this fun and educational event in Modesto.
Did you know? Citrus trees are the most popular fruit trees grown in California. Learn the best time to plant and prune, how to manage pests, and other tips to help you successfully grow your own delicious fruit. Join us to learn more about citrus at a local library location near you.
Sat, 4/1 at 2:00 p.m. – Empire Library
Tues, 4/4 at 6:00 p.m. – Salida Library
Sat, 4/8 at 2:00 p.m. – Riverbank Library
Mon, 4/10 at 6:00 p.m. – Ceres Library
Tues, 4/11 at 6:00 p.m. – Oakdale Library
Thurs, 4/13 at 1:00 p.m. - Patterson Library (new time and date!)
Mon, 4/24 at 5:30 p.m. – Modesto Library
Wed, 4/26 at 6:00 p.m. – Turlock Library
Hope to see you at one of these events happening this weekend, Saturday, March 18, 2023.
Modesto Farmers Market
Turlock Community Gardens Workshop-Plant Swap-Potluck Palooza
Turlock Community Gardens invites you to stop in for a visit or for the day, activities for all ages are happening.
UCCE Master Gardener Composting Basics Workshop 9:00am-10:30am
Learn about how to compost at home! Reduce your carbon footprint & recycle kitchen/garden scraps. This workshop is a great opportunity to hear from an expert and ask questions, plus one lucky person is going home with their own compost bin!
Let's share cuttings, rooted plants, extra gardening supplies, seeds and any tips and tricks to help out our fellow plant enthusiasts! We will be doing a round robin with wristbands. If you don't have anything to bring, you are still welcome to take items home. There is always more than enough to share, especially extra perlite!
Rock Painting Station
Decorate a rock to take home or gift to the garden. Paint, brushes, and rocks will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own.
Turlock Community Potluck
Bring your favorite dish or just bring yourself! Enjoy a slice of pizza while exchanging tips/tricks. It's a great way to meet neighbors, network and have some fun.
As a reminder, TCG asks children to be always supervised and for everyone to be mindful not to disturb the garden beds. They are lovingly maintained by different families and groups.
Be sure to check out the Free Garden Items & Seed Exchange Cabinet and Free Little Library. (Take what you need, give what you can.)
Turlock Community Gardens and parking are located behind the Cornerstone Covenant Church (4501 Crowell Road) and the nonprofit, Jessica's House. If you have any questions about the Turlock Community Gardens event, email email@example.com
- Author: Ed Perry
For many in California, the backyard orange or grapefruit tree is almost a member of the family, and any negative change in its appearance elicits concern. One such change in appearance is leaf yellowing and drop that often occurs during the winter in citrus. Citrus leaves can remain on the tree for as long as three years depending on tree vigor, but disease, inadequate or excessive nitrogen fertility, excessive salt or born in the soil, poor irrigation practices, freezing temperatures, pest pressures and low light levels significantly reduce leaf longevity. Excessive leaf drop during the growing season is more likely to indicate a serious problem than leaf drop during the winter. Winter leaf drop normally reflects nothing more than a momentary swing in the natural balance between the natural elimination of old senescing leaves and their replacement.
Reduce winter water applications to citrus trees that have defoliated or that have a significantly thinning canopy. Trees like this require little, if any, supplemental irrigation. Even a mature tree with a full leaf canopy will require less than 10% of the water that it would require during the summer.
The best indicator of tree health for a defoliating citrus tree during the winter will be how well it produces the first flush of new growth in the spring. A decision to keep or remove a citrus tree based on tree health should not be made during the winter. Even trees that lose most of their leaves during winter are capable of replacing leaf canopies with the spring flush of growth, usually with little loss in fruit production. Trees that do not produce a vigorous flush in early spring may have a more serious problem. March is an excellent month to begin applying fertilizer to encourage new leaf growth and fruit production and to help keep an old friend of the farm or family backyard around for years to come.
Ed Perry is the emeritus Environmental Horticultural Advisor for University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) in Stanislaus County where he worked for over 30 years.
Several local agencies will have booths with educational information about pollinators and how we can help them thrive. Come spin the wheel/guess the pollinator at the UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program table and take home a sticker or a bookmark.
This is a free family event with many activities for children. Crafts and games will also be included. A demo beehive will give children a close up look at bees. Food trucks will be on site to provide lunch. This will be a fun day for kids, so put this on your calendar!
Rhonda Allen has been a UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardener since 2020.