'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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This week our weather will be just right for fall gardening. What are you waiting for?
* Now is the time to plant for fall. The warm soil will get these veggies off to a fast start.
* Keep harvesting tomatoes, peppers, squash, melons and eggplant. Tomatoes may ripen faster off the vine and sitting on the kitchen counter.
* Compost annuals and vegetable crops that have finished producing.
* Cultivate and add compost to the soil to replenish its nutrients for fall and winter vegetables and flowers.
* Fertilize deciduous fruit trees.
* Plant onions, lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, bok choy, spinach and potatoes directly into the vegetable beds.
* Transplant cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower as well as lettuce seedlings.
* Sow seeds of California poppies, clarkia and African daisies.
* Transplant cool-weather annuals such as pansies, violas, fairy primroses, calendulas, stocks and snapdragons.
* Divide and replant bulbs, rhizomes and perennials. That includes bearded iris; if they haven’t bloomed in three years, it’s time to dig them up and divide their rhizomes.
* Dig up and divide daylilies as they complete their bloom cycle.
* Divide and transplant peonies that have become overcrowded. Replant with “eyes” about an inch below the soil surface.
* Late September is ideal for sowing a new lawn or re-seeding bare spots.
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