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Classes this weekend on roses, native-plant gardens

Invest some time in free master gardener workshops

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Lady Hillingdon is a tea rose introduced in 1910. Learn all about roses from the Placer County master gardeners this weekend. (Photo: Debbie Arrington)

The fall calendar fills up quickly, with so many potential events. At least with Zoom workshops, gardeners can get expert information without having to worry about traffic and parking.

Here are two excellent free online workshops by UCCE master gardeners this Saturday:

-- Successful Gardening with Native Plants, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday on Zoom. The El Dorado County master gardeners present this class taught by Alice Cantelow.

Here's the description: "Do you love  wildlife, pollinators, and birds, and would like to enjoy their activities in your landscape?  Are you ready to lower your water bill, and spend less on fertilizers and pesticides as well?  Alice Cantelow will teach you how to choose and add colorful, easy care native plants to your garden."

Register here , and a Zoom link will be sent to you.

The El Dorado master gardeners have a busy calendar of fall events, including information meetings on master gardener training for El Dorado and Amador county residents: http://mgeldorado.ucanr.edu/?calendar=yes&g=39875

-- Roses Zoom Workshop, 10:30 a.m to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. This event is presented by the Placer County master gardeners.

Here's what they say: "Hardy beautiful roses grow well in many places throughout the country. In this workshop you will learn about some of the origins of roses in America. You’ll become acquainted with the categories of roses for your landscape and learn that roses don’t have to be labor-intensive plants. You’ll learn to recognize some common pests and diseases associated with roses, and how you can safely manage them during different seasons of the year."

No pre-registration is necessary. The link for this workshop is here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87189294280? and the passcode is: garden.

The full list of Placer County master gardener fall events can be found here: http://pcmg.ucanr.org/

-- Kathy Morrison


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Garden Checklist for week of July 7

Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

* Harvest tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplant. Prompt picking will help keep plants producing.

* Remove spent flowers from roses, daylilies and other bloomers as they finish flowering.

* Pinch off blooms from basil so the plant will grow more leaves.

* Cut back lavender after flowering to promote a second bloom.

* One good thing about hot days: Most lawns stop growing when temperatures top 95 degrees. Keep mower blades set on high.

* Once the weather cools down a little, it’s not too late to add a splash of color. Plant petunias, snapdragons, zinnias and marigolds.

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