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GARDENING TIPS

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IT’S FALL AND TIME TO THINK ABOUT:

• Planting Cool Season Edible Crops
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Protecting your peach tree from peach leaf curl: spray trees on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine’s Day
• How to deal with slugs and snails in your garden
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Planting natives and spring blooming bulbs: now is the best time!

NOVEMBER

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LEAVES ARE FALLING...
Some trees need and thrive on the leaves they discard, especially our native oaks.  Balance fire safety and the natural process that trees use to regain nutrients through the fallen leaves! Learn more about our native oaks and native plants for the oak habitat in this video, and read about Autumn's treasure of leaves here.

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GOT SEEDS FOR YOUR WINTER CROPS?
 
There is still plenty of time to order.  Check out this calendar for a list of crops you might want to try in your garden this winter, and use our guide to grouping your edibles when planting!

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PRUNING IN THE FALL?
This is the time to think about tool care and maintenance. Most importantly, make sure your timing is right when pruning your fruit trees in the dormant season, and avoid pruning just before rain or when it is wet - this encourages bacterial and fungal infections on open pruning cuts.

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LOOK OUT FOR EROSION after fire safety clearance
Cleaning up areas to retard fires does tend to leave hillsides bare and susceptible to erosion in the rainy (we hope) winter months. Here is a guide to wattle installation. If you're thinking about hillside plantings to control erosion, see our plant list but also make sure you are considering spacing them out for fire safety.

BRING YOUR PROBLEM PLANTS TO US at the Help Desk
Drop off a section of an ailing plant at the UCANR office and have an expert Master Gardener help you diagnose the problem!  Call us at 415-473-4910 to learn when a Master Gardener will be in the office.  Or drop off plant samples 24/7 in our box just outside the office, with forms and gallon bags to contain your sample.

"Ask a Master Gardener..."

FEATURED THIS WEEK IN THE MARIN IJ:

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MARIN IJ GARDENING TIP OF THE WEEK:

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on Our YouTube Channel

FALL IS FOR PLANTING NATIVES: PLAN A NATIVE GARDEN WITH COLOR ALL YEAR ROUND

HONE YOUR PRUNING SKILLS BEFORE THE COMING DORMANT SEASON!

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