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November in the garden
Trees and Shrubs: Plant frost hardy trees, such as acacia, cassia, mesquite, palo verde, sissoo and Texas mountain laurel. Plant frost hardy shrubs, such as desert spoon, fairy duster, oleander and Texas sage.
Annuals: Plant cool-season annuals, such as primrose, sweet peas, hollyhock, petunia, snapdragon, larkspur, pansy, calendula, sweet alyssum, Bells of Ireland, nasturtium, lobelia, and stock. Thin seedlings planted in October. Sow wildflower seeds.
Bulbs: Plant amaryllis, crinum, gladiolus, ranunculus, watsonia, paperwhites or sparaxis.
Groundcovers: Plant tufted evening primrose, trailing dalea or ivy.
Herbs: Plant parsley, cilantro, thyme, oregano, garlic, onions, mints and chives.
Perennials: Plant agapanthus, chrysanthemum, daisy, daylily, gazania, penstemon, and red-hot poker, pink fairy duster.
Vegetables: Plant seeds of your favorite cool-season vegetables (Swiss chard, peas, beets, carrots, collard greens, mustard greens, leaf lettuce, onions, radishes, spinach and turnips). Set out transplants of bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, cabbage, cauliflower, and kale.
Citrus: Plant citrus trees. Do not fertilize citrus this month.
Roses: Apply final fertilizer before roses go into winter dormancy; water in well. A layer of compost around each bush is a good way to add nutrients. Do not prune roses this month. Plant container roses. Deadhead spent blooms.
November is a busy month for Federated Garden Clubs of Yuma. Here's a look at some of the upcoming events!
• Nov. 10, 4-6 p.m. – 10th anniversary celebration at the Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, 2200 W. 28th St. off of Avenue B. Plants for sale and an ice cream social make it a fun event. Their book, “Timeline History, Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden,” will be for sale as a fundraiser. A special plant dedication will honor the late Judy Miller, a special garden club member.
• Nov. 13, Library Series, “The Joy of Composting,” with guest speaker Marianne Newton, Master Gardener. Program is 4:30-5:30 p.m., Yuma Main Library, Room B. Public is welcome.
• Nov. 10 – Happy Birthday to our Marine Corps, 237 years old! A committee of the Continental Congress met at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, Pa., to draft a resolution calling for two battalions of Marines able to fight for independence at sea and on shore. Nov. 10, 1775, the Marine Corps was born. Semper fidelis.
• Nov. 15, 10 a.m. – Yuma Garden Club will hold a Blue Star Marker Dedication Ceremony at the rose garden in front of the Yuma Civic Center. A Marine color guard and representatives from the Marine Corps Air Station and Army Proving Ground will be part of the program. Irene Jensen, Blue Star Marker Chairman for Arizona Federated Garden Clubs, will speak. Mayor Kreiger is expected to attend, and solos will be sung by Wendy Turner. The public is invited to attend as we honor our active and retired military. We are indebted to those who have given their lives defending our country. Refreshments will be served.
• Nov. 13 – annual Yuma Tree and Landscape Expo held at the Yuma Civic Center, starting at 8 a.m. Local nurseries and landscape companies display their products, and guest speakers will discuss a variety of horticultural topics. Garden Clubs will sell a variety of plants and decorative items to raise funds for community service projects. A Tree Kids Program for youngsters will be held and a delicious Tri-Tip lunch will be offered. ($7 for lunch and admission for adults or $4 for admission only. Children 12 and under are free, including lunch, if with a $7 paid adult). Seminars: Citrus Tree Culture and Care, Landscape Tree Care, Pollinator Gardening and Where Lizards Lounge.
• Nov. 20 – annual Yuma Community Bazaar held at the Yuma Civic Center, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local garden clubs will offer a variety of plants and decorative items for sale to raise funds for their community service projects. Pecan Grove Garden Club will sell agave Christmas trees decorated with red chiles and raffia and trees decorated with birds. Decorative hats and boots made from barbed wire will be on sale, along with hanging alpaca nesting material for birds and handmade garden stepping stones. Their famous “dumpster” birdhouses, some that sit and others attached to old garden tools, will be for sale. A variety of plants will also be for sale. Yuma Garden Club will sell their member-created “Desert Jewels” cookbook, which includes a vegetable planting schedule, succulent wreaths and a variety of potted cacti and annuals. Yuma Orchid Society will sell orchids, African violets and potting materials for both. MGM Garden Club will sell their book, “A Timeline History, Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden” and a selection of plants.
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• MGM Garden Club meets each Tuesday morning, 9 a.m., to maintain the Moody Demonstration Garden, 2200 W. 28th St. Their business meeting is Nov. 27, 9 a.m., at the U of A Cooperative Extension Office.
• Pecan Grove Garden Club meets Nov. 20, 6 p.m., Main Library, 2951 S. 21st Dr. The program is “Container and Raised Bed Gardening” presented by Stacey Bealmear, Urban Horticulturist with U of A Cooperative Extension. Nov. 28, 7 p.m., at the U of A Cooperative Extension Office, the club will recognize winners of their essay, poetry, and poster contests.
• Yuma Orchid Society meets Nov. 8, 1 p.m., at the Foothills Library. After a short business meeting, a discussion will be held concerning orchids and African violets. Bring an African violet leaf to swap or an orchid to “show and tell”.
• Yuma Garden Club meets Nov. 5, 1 p.m., at the Main Library, 2951 S. 21st Dr. The program is “Our Blue Star Marker Program” presented by Jane Buck, club member and former chairman of the National Blue Star Marker Program for National Garden Clubs, Inc. (Blue Star Markers honor our armed forces.) The club's cookbook, “Desert Jewels”, will be on sale at the meeting. Gardening questions will be answered.
• Master Gardener Classes Begin: Stacey Bealmear, Urban Horticulturist for U of A Cooperative Extension Office, states that the fall 2012 Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program will begin Nov. 6 and continue through Feb. 26, meeting each Tuesday morning from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. People who complete the program serve as partners with the U of A Cooperative Extension to promote, inform and work with the Yuma community, leaders, industry and individuals presenting programs on all aspects of horticulture to help protect and enhance the environment. Some of the topics covered in the course are turf, landscaping, vegetables, trees and shrubs, orchids, entomology and pest management.