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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 9B l Y le in t Wltl Waking up these days is a little tougher; there's a nip in the air; the cold morning fog settles into your bones; the leaves have turned, fallen and blanketed the ground. What else is there to do with your garden except put it to bed? Most folks think about cleaning up the mess and disposing of it. It usually means at least a full weekend, maybe two, of raking, digging, burning and hauling. Organize your work in five steps: cutting back, cleaning up, planting, protecting and prepping for spring. For hands-on help, plan to attend the Plumas-Sierra Master Gardeners workshop Oct. 17, 9a.m. to noon, in East Quincy at 192 Fourth Street on the corner of Fourth and Center. Parking is available along both streets. This garden includes a 70- by 20-foot hoop house, as well as an open garden plot. Participants will learn about hoop house construction for season extension, compost pile construction and activities to prepare for the next growing season• If you want "hands on" experience, bring gloves and a rake or pruning shears. To reserve a place on the tour, • call 283-6270 (UC Cooperative Extension) by Oct. 15. Space is limited. The tour is free; however, tax-deductible donations to the Plumas- Sierra Master Gardener program are appreciated. Cutting Back Sharpen your pruning tools and sheers and attack the garden. Once frost has caused plants to die back, prevent slugs and other insects from hiding in the leaves through the winter by cutting back spent perennials. Start with diseased plants and dispose of the debris---DO NOT add it to your compost pile in case it becomes home for bad bugs and disease. Finally, divide overcrowded Master Gardener GARDENING WITH ALTITUDE Paul Mrowczynski Special to Feather Publishing plants including iris, hosta, day and canna lilies and Shasta daisies. Cleaning Up Pull out the rakes, plastic bags and containers for general garden •housecleaning. Harvest everything above ground in the vegetable patch and clean up under fruit trees, especially rotted fruit around trees and diseased leaves from tomato, potato, squash and roses. Rotted fruit gives rise to undesirable pests and disease, such as powdery mildew, that can survive the winter. Carrots, beets and parsnips should all be harvested and stored. If you leave them in the ground, they help pests (e.g. carrot rust fly) become established in your garden. Take care of your tools and containers. Empty, clean, disinfect and store containers and tools• A dilute bleach water spray or dip makes a good disinfectant. Sharpen tools with a Me and give them a protective ymish with a light coating of oil. Plant Get flowering bulbs, garlic and rhubarb in the ground before it freezes hard. Cover with three inches of mulch -- leaves, pine needles or straw left over from your cleanup. Sow seeds of spinach and • mache (corn salad). They'll start growing in early spring. Plant trees and shrubs now so they can put all their energy into their roots. One caution Passages to The annual enrollment period for Part D drug plans and Part C Medicare Advantage plans begins Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7. Passages Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program is providing several community workshops titled "What's New in Medicare for 2016" to help Medicare beneficiaries make the best choice possible for their health care needs in the coming year. The workshops will explain changes in drug plans, which plans will remain in or leave the area and also answer questions about Medicare Advantage plans. Ronda Kramer, HICAP program director, warned that the Medicare annual enrollment period should not be confused with the Covered California Insurance Exchange enrollment period, and that beneficiaries should be on the alert for insurance agents using aggressive tactics to sell health care coverage that is meant for those seeking coverage through the state insurance exchange. Seniors and others on Medicare who participate in the exchange in error may experience complications with their coverage and potential premium penalties with Medicare in the future. HICAP workshops in Plumas County are scheduled for the following dates: • Quincy, Monday, Oct. 19, 1-2:30 p.m., Quincy Public Library, 445 Jackson St.; • Chester, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 10-11:30 a.m., Wildwood Senior Center, 366 Meadowbrook Loop. For reservations at either of the workshops, call 800-434-0222 or 898-6716. HICAP does not sell or endorse any insurance products. For more information about Passages' services, visit Accepting all new & slightly used coats, gloves, boots, socks, hats, scarves, etc /TEM$ CA/If BE DROPPED OFF AT ANY OF TllESE LOCATIONS: QUINCY PLUMAS COUNTY PROBATION DEPT • SAFEWAY PLUMAS CRISIS CENTER * SAV MOR PORTOLA LEONARD'S MARKET GREENVILLE EVERGREEN MARKET CHESTER TRUE VALUE HARDWARE IF YOUR FAMILY IS IN NEED OF WINTER CLOTHING ITEMS OR YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, PLEASE CALL PROBATION DEPT AT" 283-6304 OR 2834515 especially in our years of drought: water those perennials. They may be going dormant but they are not dead. Protect Put fencing around shrubs. Use tree guards for trees botheredby deer, rabbits and voles. Make sure all tender bulbs are stored for the winter. Most bulbs like a bit of frost before you dry them. Mound soil or mulch (sawdust, leaves or straw) around the base of grafted roses, but remember to remove it in the spring. Prep for spring Finally, it's time to plan and prepare for next planting season. Weeding is the last thing gardeners like to do, but if you weed now when the conditions are poor, it will cut down your work in the spring. Tag plants you want to divide in the spring. Test and amend your soil; amendments you add in the fall make them available to your plants in the spring. Prepare your planting beds with compost and manure for planting in early spring. The freezing and thawing will work it into the soil for you. GET READY TO Delicious Party Platters & Freshly Baked Items from our Bakery for every Occasion! Special Order Hotline 284-1777 Easy & Delicious/ The perfect way to celebrate those special 231 Main St., Quincy I We accept all ~-. ~y ~o~= ~,~co~=) competitor coupons 283-5619 [ 1 1 1 l 1 l Same great coffee. Full assortment of pastries, soups and sandwiches. 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Weed, then mulch for fewer weeds and better soil in the spring. A layer of mulch in the fall will suppress weed seed germination in the spring, as it protects your plants. That's it--job done for the next five or six months. Well, except for pouring over the seed catalogs. For more information, visit: dening/checklist-putting-your -garden-bed-winter, nthegarden/a/Putting-the-Gar den-to-Bed.htm or plan to attend the workshop Oct. 17, when master gardeners will be on hand to answer your questions.• t Make entertaining easy on yourselfi • Custom Cakes for Every Occasion! • Fresh Flowers • Excellent Wine & Liquor Selection Text EDELI to 72727 Find uS on HOMETOWN PllqJuo. Hwy 89, Greenville • 530.284.1777