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A gift that keeps giving: Annual garden guide/calendars

Support your local master gardeners while sharing valuable tips

Placer calendar
The Placer County master gardeners' Gardening Guide and
Calendar is geared toward foothill gardening and weather
patterns. (Photo courtesy )

Show your love for the experts who help make us all better gardeners: Our local master gardeners!

At the same time, spread the joy of gardening – or become a more knowledgeable gardener yourself.

In honor of Giving Tuesday, support your county’s UC Cooperative Extension master gardener program while also picking up a perfect gift.

Two local programs have just the ticket for both donations and gift giving: Annual garden guides and calendars.

These publications are major fundraisers for the Placer County and Sacramento County master gardener programs. But with fewer live events during pandemic restrictions, the sale outlets for these publications are fewer, too.

Current interest in gardening continues to grow, and that’s made the 2021 editions much sought-after.

“Some of our vendors have already sold out,” reports Pauline Sakai of the Placer County master gardeners.

With the theme “Smart Choices for Gardening Success,” this is the 29th edition of the Placer master gardeners’ award-winning calendar and garden guide, geared towards foothill gardening and weather patterns.

Featuring planting, growing and harvesting tips, the 13-month calendar and guide includes in-depth articles for every season. Among the topics: Soil testing, planting bare-root berries and trees, how to choose the right tools for the job, seed saving, planting for small spaces and how to help bees.

Sacramento calendar
Sacramento's 2021 publication looks up -- at trees.
(Photo courtesy )
Meanwhile, Sacramento County focused its 2021 gardening guide and calendar on a favorite Sacramento topic: Trees!

Also priced at $10, the large vertical-format calendar features a beautiful photo (and growing information) of an appropriate tree each month.

It’s packed with gardening tips and appropriate reminders, geared to seasonal tasks. Planting charts and other useful information are also included. Get yours at or from the vendors listed on the website.


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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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