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This garden advice is 'More Important than Ever'

Master gardeners offer free garden makeover workshop

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Here's a great example of a garden that uses less water -- it's the Water Efficient Landscape (WEL) at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center in Fair Oaks. A workshop Saturday by the Nevada County master gardeners will offer tips on a no-lawn landscape makeover. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)

As California suffers through another drought and temperatures soar, more residents are asking themselves:

Is it maybe time to get rid of the lawn?

Get the answers you need before you launch your landscape project with a free virtual workshop, presented by the UC Master Gardeners of Nevada County

Set for 9 a.m. Saturday, July 24, “Garden Makeover: More Important than Ever” will show how Northern California residents can adapt their landscapes and gardening habits to help their gardens thrive with less water.

“As many parts of our county begin mandatory water cuts because of the continuing drought, and as our summer temperatures hit record highs, it's more important than ever to be water-wise in our gardens,” say the master gardeners.

Whether contemplating a full landscape makeover or just tweaking irrigation, this one-hour Zoom presentation will be packed with useful information. Among the topics to be discussed: plant selection; irrigation; water-saving techniques such as mulching; and converting lawn to landscape.

The master gardeners also will answer questions from participants.

No advance registration is required. To Zoom into the workshop, get the links and more details here: .


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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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