Basics and more in Placer County master gardeners' online workshop
So pretty in spring, but they should be planted now.
Learn how to get maximum effect from bulbs.
(Photo: Kathy Morrison)
It's bulb-planting season!
It's also time for gardeners to project themselves into the future -- specifically next spring. Anyone who wants clutches of tulips, clumps of hyacinths or dozens of daffodils in the 2022 garden must plan and plant now.
Where to start? The UC Master Gardeners of Placer County have that answer and more in their free Zoom workshop, "The Magic of Bulbs," this Saturday, Oct. 23, at 10:30 a.m.
The hourlong session will cover bulbs of all kinds, from buying and planting to caring and naturalizing. Learn how deep to plant daffodils, for example, or why tulip bulbs might need to be refrigerated before planting.
The Zoom link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84105448029? and the passcode is: garden.
Incidentally, the Placer master gardeners' previous recorded workshops are listed and linked here: https://ucanr.edu/sites/ucmgplacer/files/354097.pdf Plenty of good information there, including composting and mulching, container gardening and growing citrus. Great viewing for a rainy day!
The Placer County master gardeners' website home page, with links to even more gardening information, is https://pcmg.ucanr.org/
-- Kathy Morrison
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For week of Sept. 24:
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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