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Fruit trees: quick answers to common questions

Fruit tree season is right around the corner! Dormant trees arrive in garden centers and hardware stores in January. We tend to get certain questions over and over each season. Usually, gardeners want to know: How easy is it to grow? What do I have to do? Do I need two types? When will they produce? […]

Low-water plants continued: great natives for Davis gardens

* Editor’s note: This is part of a continuing series of articles on plants that can grow and look good with low water. The focus here is on low to medium shrubs for very limited irrigation, especially natives. Low-water taller shrubs were discussed in the November 2011 article. By Don Shor Note that some California […]

We get questions! Late-summer odds and ends

Sudden death of trees. Littleleaf linden (Tilia cordata) and a 20-year-old lemon are recent examples. A dying 120-year-old camphor tree in downtown Sacramento was recently in the news as well. It is very sad and perplexing when this happens. In the case of the linden, we deduced that it succumbed to Verticillium wilt. That was […]

Garden Doctor: Kale, collards, grapes and tomatoes

Question: When should I direct seed kale and collard greens for fall and spring? It seems too hot to do it now. What about transplants? Answer: Kale is a cool-season vegetable that can be used raw as salad greens, as a garnish, as an ornamental in the flower bed, or cooked. Kale is vitamin- and […]

Don Shor: Answering questions to grow better gardens

I heard the “climate zones” have changed because things are getting hotter. Which zone are we in now? Recently the USDA Plant Hardiness Zones were changed to reflect the warmer winters that have been observed in many parts of the country. No changes were made to California zones, because winter temperatures have not warmed in […]

Beautiful and functional

Dorothy Kepner has converted her lawn into an ornamental and edible garden incorporating both utility and beauty. She’ll be at the Cool Davis Initiative’s table from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Picnic in the Park in Central Park, Fourth and C streets, to offer tips on how to plan a garden and get started. […]

Enjoy a Q&A with Warren Roberts at nursery

Warren Roberts will be at Three Palms Nursery from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 23, to answer questions about landscape plants and horticulture, for the nursery’s 24th annual Summer Plant Sale. Roberts, 71, has been associated with the UC Davis Arboretum for more than 40 years. He has taught at Cal Poly Pomona […]

Squash bugs are likely culprits attacking zucchini

Question: Last year, my zucchini plants had yellow specks on the leaves that turned brown and then black as they became crisp and dry. What happened? Chances are you had squash bugs, Anasa tristis. These insects (true “bugs”) suck the plant juices through their needle-like mouthparts. Look for the colorful adults, more than half an […]

Special garden takes shape at Harper Junior High

A small army of shovel-toting Davisites gathered at Harper Junior High School on Saturday for a groundbreaking that was more than ceremonial. School staff, as well as students and their families, were joined by Davis Rotarians, UC Davis community service volunteers, and representatives from Yolo Energy Watch and the Davis Farm to School Connection to […]

Grace Garden hosts open house for new volunteers

Grace Garden welcomes volunteers and visitors to an open house Saturday, June 9, from 9 to 11 a.m. The garden is on the grounds of the United Methodist Church of Davis, 1620 Anderson Road. More volunteers are needed, a news release said. “Summer is coming, when volunteers take vacations,” the release said. “We need coverage […]

Don Shor: Ten plants for early summer

As we head into summer, gardeners may be looking for plants that give lots of landscape value with little input. For ease of growth, abundance of bloom, and interesting foliage, here are 10 plants I keep coming back to in the months of May and June for garden performance. 1. Buddleia Royal Red (butterfly bush) — Butterfly […]

Learn about water-wise landscapes

The city of Woodland Water Conservation Program will host a free water-wise residential landscape tour on Saturday. Tour participants will see and learn about creative alternatives to water-thirsty lawns. The tour aims to give local residents inspiration to creatively convert water-hungry front landscapes into attractive, water-wise landscapes. These types of landscapes draw much less water […]

Learn about using plants for food, medicine and ritual

Local residents are invited to join the UC Davis Arboretum Ambassadors for an ethnobotanical plant walk and meditation on Saturday. Visitors will learn about traditional uses of California native plants for food, medicine and ritual, followed by tea and meditation. The free program will begin at 2 p.m. at the Wyatt Deck, on Old Davis […]

Summer bloomers featured at Arboretum plant sale

Local residents can get ready for summer in the garden and find some great bargains on sustainable, beautiful plants at the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum end-of-season clearance plant sale Saturday. The sale runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Arboretum Teaching Nursery. It will feature hundreds of different kinds of plants, […]

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