November to-do list
baits can be effective; ants are attracted to the bait and then carry a small
portion back to the nest where it will kill the colony. Boric acid and Fipronil
baits are most effective.
and shoots. New growth can be distorted and/or stunted. Prune out diseased twigs
-- look for shoots that are white with flattened, pointed buds.
as perennials and shrubs put down their roots in the winter when temperatures
are mild and rainwater is available. Newly planted shrubs will need supplemental
summer watering during their first few years.
areas will appear leathery and dry. You will notice a sunken patch at the stylar
tip (end) of the fruit that will start out looking like a water-soaked, whitish
area. It can cover up to one-quarter or one-half of the fruit. Inside tissue
will become pinkish or brown. To cut your losses, pick the fruit before it fully
and evidence of tunneling in the wood. Complete inspection and control may
require trained professionals. For detailed
information, check the pest notes on this UC Davis ag site: www.ipm.ucdavis.edu.
What to plant now
Transplants: arugula, garlic, mustard, lettuce, potatoes and spinach. Local
nurseries should have a good supply of most of these.
Seeds: arugula, mustard, spinach and lettuce.
Have a question for Rebecca Jepsen or the other Santa Clara
County Master Gardeners? Call the hotline, 408-282-3105, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30
p.m. on weekdays, or check www.mastergardeners.org.