Placer County master gardeners host big event
Loropetalum is a beautiful landscaping shrub that's at its best in spring. Learn
about landscaping, vegetable growing and more during Saturday's Spring Garden Faire in Roseville. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)
Spring (and some say summer) will definitely be in the air this week. Need garden inspiration? Check out the Spring Garden Faire, hosted by the UCCE Master Gardeners of Placer County.
On Saturday, April 9, the master gardeners and other local garden experts will turn the Maidu Community Center into garden central with activities and advice for the whole family. Hosted by Roseville Environmental Utilities, the event will focus on home gardening and the many ways residents can keep their landscapes healthy, beautiful and water-wise.
Part of the event will be fun hands-on things to do. Learn how to make seed pots out of recycled materials. Propagate a succulent and take it home. There also will be a crafts corner specifically for kids.
Demonstrations and speakers will cover such topics as straw bale gardening, backyard beekeeping and water-wise landscaping. Vendors will offer plants, garden art and supplies. Master gardeners will supply plenty of advice.
Need rose help? Sierra Foothills Rose Society will host an information booth.
Food trucks will offer hot dogs, tacos and other lunch fare. Stay all day!
Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; admission is free.
Maidu Community Center is located at 1550 Maidu Drive, Roseville.
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For week of June 4:
Because of the comfortable weather, it’s not too late to set out tomato and pepper seedlings as well as squash and melon plants. They’ll appreciate this not-too-hot weather. Just remember to water.
* From seed, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, melons, squash and sunflowers.
* Plant basil to go with your tomatoes.
* Transplant summer annuals such as petunias, marigolds and zinnias.
* It’s also a good time to transplant perennial flowers including astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia, salvia and verbena.
* Let the grass grow longer. Set the mower blades high to reduce stress on your lawn during summer heat. To cut down on evaporation, water your lawn deeply during the wee hours of the morning, between 2 and 8 a.m.
* Tie up vines and stake tall plants such as gladiolus and lilies. That gives their heavy flowers some support.
* Dig and divide crowded bulbs after the tops have died down.
* Feed summer flowers with a slow-release fertilizer.
* Mulch, mulch, mulch! This “blanket” keeps moisture in the soil longer and helps your plants cope during hot weather.
* Thin grapes on the vine for bigger, better clusters later this summer.
* Cut back fruit-bearing canes on berries.
* Feed camellias, azaleas and other acid-loving plants.
* Trim off dead flowers from rose bushes to keep them blooming through the summer. Roses also benefit from deep watering and feeding now. A top dressing of aged compost will keep them happy. It feeds as well as keeps roots moist.
* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushier plants with many more flowers in September.
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