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This week in the Garden

Gardener's Companion

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Information this page adapted from “A Gardener’s Companion for the Central San Joaquin Valley,” 3rd edition. Get your copy from  Fresno County Master Gardeners for $30. Adapted by Judy Parker. 

Garden Checklist for the week of December 12, 2019

Walk through the garden and make notes for spring and summer changes and additions. Enjoy the quiet of the winter garden. Feed the birds.


   • Apply pre-emergent herbicide to lawns and beds later this month. 

   • Deep-water trees and native plants if rainfall has been light.


   • This is the time to work on dormant, deciduous plants —shrubs, vines, grapes and roses, plus fruit and nut trees.

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   • Crepe myrtles and redbuds may be pruned now.

   • Cut back and divide perennials.


   • No fertilization is recommended this month.

   • When you do fertilize, always read labels carefully before application. Consult a plant expert at a nursery or a Master Gardener if you have questions.


   • This is the beginning of bare-root planting season. It is difficult to visualize the potential of bare-root plants, but they usually come with pictures to give you an idea.

   • Bulbs, corms, tubers: canna and crocosmia.

   • Fruits and vegetables: asparagus, cabbage and bare-root berries.

bare root berries
bare root berries

   •  Trees, shrubs, vines: azalea and camellia.

Consult the California Garden Web for more information.

Enjoy Now!

   • Annuals and perennials: snapdragon (Antirrhinum), calendula and Chrysanthemum paludosum.

Chrysanthemum paludosum. creeping daisy
Chrysanthemum paludosum. creeping daisy

   • Bulbs, corms, tubers: crocus and cyclamen.

   • Fruits and vegetables: beets, bok choy, chives and mandarin oranges.

bok choy
bok choy

Things to ponder

 Things to ponder: 

   • This is a good time to look through seed catalogs. 

   • Wood ashes are not beneficial in the garden as they increase soil alkalinity.

Clovis water schedule

Fresno water schedule

Seasonal IPM Checklist

Asian citrus psyllid - Look for it and if found where not known to occur report it and other new or exotic pests to your local county agricultural commissioner.

asian citrus psyllid

For information about seasonal pests see the UCRAN Seasonal IPM checklist


Seasonal Produce

What produce is in season and where can you find it?

https://platefresno.org/in-season/  will help you find Farmers Markets, Farm Stands and CSAs in Fresno County

fall vegetables