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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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Jan. 29
Bundle up and get work done!
* 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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