March is a tricky gardening time in Davis. The weather can seduce us into thinking it is time to start planting summer gardens and many nurseries will begin to carry seedlings for heat loving vegetables. Be strong! It is way too early to plant tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and other summer vegetables. It is not, however, too early to begin to plan for that summer garden. Once the gardening season really gets going things can become a blur of activity. You will need to be doing, not researching, so now is the time to get all the studying and planning done. Several classes being offered in Davis in the next few weeks are just what is needed. Think of them as a good way to help keep you distracted so you don’t waste money planting a garden that will need to be replanted in 2 months.
For gardeners interested in learning the science behind how plants grow, specifically in the Sacramento region’s climate, the UCD Botanical Conservatory will present a workshop Saturday, February 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This will be an interactive discussion led by Ernesto Sandoval, director of the UCD Botanical Conservatory. Drought tolerant plants such as succulents will be a prominent part of the discussion. Follow the link above to get information about cost and location and also to sign up for the class.
If you haven’t yet started composting you can find out everything you need to know in order to begin at any one of four classes being offered by the City of Davis Recycling Program. Classes last an hour and a half and will cover composting in bins as well as vermiculture and in addition to the knowledge gained, Davis residents can go home with a starter set of composting worms and, for $10.00, a backyard composting bin. The first class will be Friday, February 25 with 3 more following. Again, follow the link for information on times and location.