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Home and garden briefs

WINDSOR

Workshop on drought gardening: Even a torrent of recent rain has failed to replenish water supplies enough to wash away the drought.

If water remains in limited supply into spring, how can home gardeners conserve and still grow?

The Sonoma County Master Gardeners are holding a free workshop March 1 on “Spring Food Gardening in a Drought Year.”

A team of specialists will cover everything a conscientious gardener needs to know, from locating the garden and options for planting beds to soil components, compost, fertilizer, working the soil, crop selection and planting, irrigation, pest control and harvesting. Helpful handouts will be available addressing such questions as how to food garden with less water, how to select drought-tolerant crops and varieties, planting dates for spring crops, a sample garden layout and suggested vegetable varieties for Sonoma County.

The free talk will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Windsor Town Green Community Garden, located at the corner of Windsor Road and Joe Rodota Way. For information email mgsonomafood@ucdavis.edu or call 565-2608.

SONOMA

Landscaping for the bees: Master Gardener Janet Calhoon is using her expertise in insects to champion the plight of native “mason” bees.

Colhoon, who has a degree in entomology, will offer an introduction on creating bee-friendly landscapes during a talk March 6 before the Valley of the Moon Garden Club.

Gardeners will learn how to make their gardens a magnet for native bees with proper food and shelter. These important pollinators are a key component to creating a healthy garden.

Calhoon will bring reference materials, displays, informative hand outs and creative homes for mason bees.

The talk is free and will include refreshments. 7 p.m. at the Sonoma Veteran’s Memorial Hall, 126 1st St. W., Sonoma.

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