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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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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Sept. 25

This week's warm break will revive summer crops such as peppers and tomatoes that may still be trying to produce fruit. Pumpkins and winter squash will add weight rapidly.

Be on the lookout for powdery mildew and other fungal diseases that may be enjoying this combination of warm air and moist soil.

* Late September is ideal for sowing a new lawn or re-seeding bare spots.

* Compost annuals and vegetable crops that have finished producing.

* Cultivate and add compost to the soil to replenish its nutrients for fall and winter vegetables and flowers.

* Plant for fall now. The warm soil will get cool-season veggies and flowers off to a fast start.

* Plant onions, lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, bok choy, spinach and potatoes directly into the vegetable beds.

* Transplant lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower.

* Sow seeds of California poppies, clarkia and African daisies.

* Transplant cool-weather annuals such as pansies, violas, fairy primroses, calendulas, stocks and snapdragons.

* Divide and replant bulbs, rhizomes and perennials.

* Dig up and divide daylilies as they complete their bloom cycle.

* Divide and transplant peonies that have become overcrowded. Replant with "eyes" about an inch below the soil surface.

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