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Get 'Smart Choices for Gardening Success'

Placer County master gardeners' 2021 gardening guide and calendar now available


Gardening calendar with flowers on cover
The 2021 gardening guide and calendar from
the Placer County master gardeners is just $10.


Can’t wait for 2020 to be gone? Get a jump on next year with a new 2021 calendar!

Now available is a wonderful calendar packed with information for Sacramento-area gardeners, particularly those that live in foothill communities: The 2021 Gardening Guide and Calendar presented by the UC Master Gardeners of Placer County.

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

“There has been a surge this year in people interested in growing their own food and this calendar taps into that enthusiasm and can help Northern Californians, from beginners to experts, create, grow and harvest a healthy sustainable garden,” said Paula Agostini, calendar committee co-chairman for the Placer County master gardeners.

Featuring planting, growing and harvesting tips, the 13-month calendar and guide features 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.

Find out what to plant when (and where) as well as what’s in season at local farmers markets.

“Additional charts, tables and resources, accompanied by beautiful local photos, provide a wealth of information that any level of gardener will appreciate,” Agostini said.

Priced at $10, the calendar also makes a great gift for gardening friends and family.

— Debbie Arrington

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Garden Checklist for week of July 7

Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

* Harvest tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplant. Prompt picking will help keep plants producing.

* Remove spent flowers from roses, daylilies and other bloomers as they finish flowering.

* Pinch off blooms from basil so the plant will grow more leaves.

* Cut back lavender after flowering to promote a second bloom.

* One good thing about hot days: Most lawns stop growing when temperatures top 95 degrees. Keep mower blades set on high.

* Once the weather cools down a little, it’s not too late to add a splash of color. Plant petunias, snapdragons, zinnias and marigolds.

* After the heat wave, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, winter squash and sunflowers. Make sure the seeds stay hydrated.

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