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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, .

-- Kathy Morrison


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For week of June 4:

Because of the comfortable weather, it’s not too late to set out tomato and pepper seedlings as well as squash and melon plants. They’ll appreciate this not-too-hot weather. Just remember to water.

* From seed, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, melons, squash and sunflowers.

* Plant basil to go with your tomatoes.

* Transplant summer annuals such as petunias, marigolds and zinnias.

* It’s also a good time to transplant perennial flowers including astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia, salvia and verbena.

* Let the grass grow longer. Set the mower blades high to reduce stress on your lawn during summer heat. To cut down on evaporation, water your lawn deeply during the wee hours of the morning, between 2 and 8 a.m.

* Tie up vines and stake tall plants such as gladiolus and lilies. That gives their heavy flowers some support.

* Dig and divide crowded bulbs after the tops have died down.

* Feed summer flowers with a slow-release fertilizer.

* Mulch, mulch, mulch! This “blanket” keeps moisture in the soil longer and helps your plants cope during hot weather.

* Thin grapes on the vine for bigger, better clusters later this summer.

* Cut back fruit-bearing canes on berries.

* Feed camellias, azaleas and other acid-loving plants.

* Trim off dead flowers from rose bushes to keep them blooming through the summer. Roses also benefit from deep watering and feeding now. A top dressing of aged compost will keep them happy. It feeds as well as keeps roots moist.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushier plants with many more flowers in September.

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