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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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For week of March 19:

Spring will start a bit soggy, but there’s still plenty to do between showers:

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* Watch out for aphids. Wash off plants with strong blast from the hose.

* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.

* Prepare summer vegetable beds. Spade in compost and other amendments.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Feed camellias at the end of their bloom cycle. Pick up browned and fallen flowers to fight blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees as they start to blossom.

* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.

* Seed and renovate the lawn (if you still have one). Feed cool-season grasses such as bent, blue, rye and fescue with a slow-release fertilizer. Check the irrigation system and perform maintenance. Make sure sprinkler heads are turned toward the lawn, not the sidewalk.

* In the vegetable garden, transplant lettuce and kale.

* Seed chard and beets directly into the ground.

* Plant summer bulbs, including gladiolus, tuberous begonias and callas. Also plant dahlia tubers.

* Shop for perennials. Many varieties are available in local nurseries and at plant events. They can be transplanted now while the weather remains relatively cool.

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