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Foothill gardeners, here's an opportunity to fill your landscape needs

Big sale offers trees, shrubs, perennials, succulents and more

Perennials and a sign that says All Stars
The Sherwood Demonstration Garden in Placerville
will be the site of the plant sale Saturday. (Photo
courtesy UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County)

It’s time to mark your calendar for another great plant sale! Instead of the usual veggies and flowers, this sale is dedicated to landscape mainstays including trees, shrubs, perennials, succulents, native plants and grasses. Another plus: Many of the varieties are proven performers in the foothills.

UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of El Dorado County will offer hundreds of landscape plants from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 1. The socially distanced event will be held at the master gardeners’ Sherwood Demonstration Garden, 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville. The garden is located at Folsom Lake College’s El Dorado Center campus.

Patrons have two options: They can just show up and wait in line; or  make an advance reservation with a specific time slot. The reservation system (which was filling up quickly) allows the master gardeners to make sure there’s plenty of space for shoppers to stay socially distanced and comfortable while browsing.

Remember: Face masks will be required, too.

Shoppers can get a head start on their selections by viewing the sales inventory list. (There’s a lot to choose from!)

To see the plant list or see if reservations are still available, go to .


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Garden Checklist for week of April 14

It's still not warm enough to transplant tomatoes directly in the ground, but we’re getting there.

* April is the last chance to plant citrus trees such as dwarf orange, lemon and kumquat. These trees also look good in landscaping and provide fresh fruit in winter.

* Smell orange blossoms? Feed citrus trees with a low dose of balanced fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) during bloom to help set fruit. Keep an eye out for ants.

* Apply slow-release fertilizer to the lawn.

* Thoroughly clean debris from the bottom of outdoor ponds or fountains.

* Spring brings a flush of rapid growth, and that means your garden needs nutrients. Fertilize shrubs and trees with a slow-release fertilizer. Or mulch with a 1-inch layer of compost.

* Azaleas and camellias looking a little yellow? If leaves are turning yellow between the veins, give them a boost with chelated iron.

* Trim dead flowers but not leaves from spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. Those leaves gather energy to create next year's flowers. Also, give the bulbs a fertilizer boost after bloom.

* Pinch chrysanthemums back to 12 inches for fall flowers. Cut old stems to the ground.

* Mulch around plants to conserve moisture and control weeds.

* From seed, plant beans, beets, cantaloupes, carrots, corn, cucumbers, melons, radishes and squash.

* Plant onion sets.

* In the flower garden, plant seeds for asters, cosmos, celosia, marigolds, salvia, sunflowers and zinnias.

* Transplant petunias, zinnias, geraniums and other summer bloomers.

* Plant perennials and dahlia tubers for summer bloom.

* Mid to late April is about the last chance to plant summer bulbs, such as gladiolus and tuberous begonias.

* Transplant lettuce seedlings. Choose varieties that mature quickly such as loose leaf.

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