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All about succulents in free online class

Placer County master gardeners present Zoom workshop Saturday

Whirling spines of a succulent
Succulents have their own special beauty. (Photo
by L. Meyerpeter, courtesy UCCE Placer County
master gardeners)

Succulents are still the hottest thing growing in the garden world. Any gardener who feels they are late to the party might want to join a free online class offered this Saturday, June 12,  by the UCCE Placer County master gardeners.

The class starts at 10:30 a.m. and is divided into two parts:

1) Welcome to the Splendid World of Succulents.

2) How to Propagate Succulents.

The link to the class and passcode is at this page ; no registration is required.

There also are links to several handouts on the page -- valuable information especially if you come in late or have to miss the class entirely.

Check out the Placer County master gardeners' newsletter here on page 3 for more on propagating succulents.

The Placer County master gardeners have a wealth of gardening information on their website,

Scheduled at the end of the month: a free Zoom workshop on California native plants for habitat gardening, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 26.

-- Kathy Morrison


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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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