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Watch master gardeners transform a landscape


YouTube channel page for master gardeners

This is an iPad screenshot of the Sacramento County master gardeners YouTube channel. A new video on landscape redesign debuts Friday.


New YouTube video available for viewing Friday; check out others, too

Nothing beats watching a live demonstration of gardening techniques, but until we can all do that safely, there is YouTube.

The UCCE Sacramento County master gardeners are building a very helpful library of YouTube videos on local gardening tips and techniques. And I stress local, because we're not gardening in Michigan or the UK, are we?

The newest video debuts Friday, March 19, just in time for spring to arrive and gardening time to ramp up.

"Landscape Redesign: An Environmentally Friendly Approach" shows a real-life yard redesign, replacing a lawn with an interesting diversity of plants. The video shows to how conserve irrigation water as well as capture rainwater to recharge groundwater and minimize storm runoff.

As the master gardeners note, "Creating a garden with benefits now and for years to come is well worth the investment."

While you're waiting for this video to drop, check out the other videos on the Sacramento master gardeners' YouTube channel . If you subscribe to the channel, you'll get notifications of any new ones.

Many of the videos already there were filmed for last summer's virtual Harvest Day. Some that are relevant for early spring gardening include:

Make Your Garden Wildlife Friendly

Composting: Getting Started

Composting: ABCs of Building a Successful Compost Pile

Composting: Hot vs. Cold

Growing Herbs in Containers

On the Sacramento County YouTube home page is also a link to the statewide UCCE master gardener YouTube channel. The latest video there is How to Design a Home Vegetable Garden.

Of course the advantage to videos is viewing them at any hour, and as many times as desired. I really need to watch that Sharpening Hand Pruners video again!

To see what else the Sacramento County master gardeners have to offer, including many planting and growing guides, visit their website, http://sacmg.ucanr.edu/ .

-- Kathy Morrison



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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Jan. 29

Bundle up and get work done!

* Prune, prune, prune. Now is the time to cut back most deciduous trees and shrubs. The exceptions are spring-flowering shrubs such as lilacs.

* Now is the time to prune fruit trees, except apricot and cherry trees. Clean up leaves and debris around the trees to prevent the spread of disease.

* Prune roses, even if they’re still trying to bloom or sprouting new growth. Strip off any remaining leaves, so the bush will be able to put out new growth in early spring.

* Prune Christmas camellias (Camellia sasanqua), the early-flowering varieties, after their bloom. They don’t need much, but selective pruning can promote bushiness, upright growth and more bloom next winter. Feed with an acid-type fertilizer. But don’t feed your Japonica camellias until after they finish blooming next month. Feeding while camellias are in bloom may cause them to drop unopened buds.

* Clean up leaves and debris around your newly pruned roses and shrubs. Put down fresh mulch or bark to keep roots cozy.

* Apply horticultural oil to fruit trees to control scale, mites and aphids. Oils need 24 hours of dry weather after application to be effective.

* This is also the time to spray a copper-based oil to peach and nectarine trees to fight leaf curl. Avoid spraying on windy days.

* Divide daylilies, Shasta daisies and other perennials.

* Cut back and divide chrysanthemums.

* Plant bare-root roses, trees and shrubs.

* Transplant pansies, violas, calendulas, English daisies, snapdragons and fairy primroses.

* In the vegetable garden, plant fava beans, head lettuce, mustard, onion sets, radicchio and radishes.

* Plant bare-root asparagus and root divisions of rhubarb.

* In the bulb department, plant callas, anemones, ranunculus and gladiolus for bloom from late spring into summer.

* Plant blooming azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons. If you’re shopping for these beautiful landscape plants, you can now find them in full flower at local nurseries.

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