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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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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Oct. 2

Plan to make the most of the mild weather in your garden.

* October is the best month to plant trees and shrubs.

* October also is the best time to plant perennials in our area. Add a little well-aged compost and bone meal to planting holes or beds, but hold off on other fertilizers until spring. Keep the transplants well-watered (but not wet) for the first month as they become settled.

* Now is the time to plant seeds for many flowers directly into the garden, including cornflower, nasturtium, nigella, poppy, portulaca, sweet pea and stock.

* Plant seeds for radishes, bok choy, mustard, spinach and peas.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Set out cool-weather bedding plants, including calendula, pansy, snapdragon, primrose and viola.

* Reseed and feed the lawn. Work on bare spots.

* Dig up corms and tubers of gladioluses, dahlias and tuberous begonias after the foliage dies. Clean and store in a cool, dry place.

* Treat azaleas, gardenias and camellias with chelated iron if leaves are yellowing between the veins.

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