'Totally Tomatoes' online with Placer County master gardeners
Hoping for lush crop of tomatoes this year? The
"Totally Tomatoes" workshop will be full of tips for
the home gardener. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)
If growing a perfect tomato seems like an unachievable goal -- even in an area known for its tomatoes -- then the Placer County master gardeners have the perfect class at the perfect time of year.
"Totally Tomatoes" will be offered free online via Zoom, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26.
"Learn about planting, growing, and caring for this delicious staple as well as how to control problems before they happen," the master gardeners say. "Let us help you grow the ultimate tomato -- firm and juicy, sweet and tangy."
The Zoom link is here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81516329742 and the passcode is: garden.
The Placer master gardeners also have two Zoom workshops coming up in March: "Dealing With Deer" on March 12 and "Planning Your Vegetable Garden" on March 26. Each starts at 10:30 a.m.
Links to several of their past recorded workshops -- as well as handouts related to the presentations -- can be found here: https://ucanr.edu/sites/ucmgplacer/files/363166.pdf
For general information on Placer County master gardener activities and resources, go to https://pcmg.ucanr.org/
-- Kathy Morrison
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* Prune, prune, prune. Now is the time to cut back most deciduous trees and shrubs. The exceptions are spring-flowering shrubs such as lilacs.
* Now is the time to prune fruit trees, except apricot and cherry trees. Clean up leaves and debris around the trees to prevent the spread of disease.
* Prune roses, even if they’re still trying to bloom or sprouting new growth. Strip off any remaining leaves, so the bush will be able to put out new growth in early spring.
* Prune Christmas camellias (Camellia sasanqua), the early-flowering varieties, after their bloom. They don’t need much, but selective pruning can promote bushiness, upright growth and more bloom next winter. Feed with an acid-type fertilizer. But don’t feed your Japonica camellias until after they finish blooming next month. Feeding while camellias are in bloom may cause them to drop unopened buds.
* Clean up leaves and debris around your newly pruned roses and shrubs. Put down fresh mulch or bark to keep roots cozy.
* Apply horticultural oil to fruit trees to control scale, mites and aphids. Oils need 24 hours of dry weather after application to be effective.
* This is also the time to spray a copper-based oil to peach and nectarine trees to fight leaf curl. Avoid spraying on windy days.
* Divide daylilies, Shasta daisies and other perennials.
* Cut back and divide chrysanthemums.
* Plant bare-root roses, trees and shrubs.
* Transplant pansies, violas, calendulas, English daisies, snapdragons and fairy primroses.
* In the vegetable garden, plant fava beans, head lettuce, mustard, onion sets, radicchio and radishes.
* Plant bare-root asparagus and root divisions of rhubarb.
* In the bulb department, plant callas, anemones, ranunculus and gladiolus for bloom from late spring into summer.
* Plant blooming azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons. If you’re shopping for these beautiful landscape plants, you can now find them in full flower at local nurseries.
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