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Seize the day? How about 366 of them?

An invaluable calendar, and a bargain, to boot. (Photo:
Kathy Morrison)
Master gardener calendars are filled with expert advice

Next year is a leap year, so we get an extra day of gardening. But it's in February, so maybe it'll be an extra day of watching the rain and making gardening plans. (Why isn't Leap Day in April? or June?)

In any case, there are two great 2020 calendars available right now that are stuffed full of advice  from gardeners who know our climate and growing conditions. The calendars have been available for a few months, but this time of year is when folks really focus on the coming year. (And if you have your calendar already, they do make great gifts.)

The Sacramento County master gardeners' new Gardening Guide and Calendar has a theme of "Blossoms," with great photos of all kinds of blooming plants. It's sold for the bargain price of $10 (including tax),  with proceeds supporting the UCCE master gardener events such as Harvest Day.

The Placer County calendar is appropriate for Valley and
foothill gardeners. (Photo courtesy
"Gardening With a Purpose: Enrich Your Yard and Our Community" is the focus of the Placer County master gardeners calendar. Each month includes suggestions of what to plant, what's in season, timely reminders and irrigation tips, plus gorgeous photos and QR codes for additional information. It's also just $10.

You can find a list of local vendors who sell the Placer County Gardening Guide and Calendar at or order it online at the same website.

Both master gardener groups also sell their calendars at their staffed events, including farmers markets and festivals.

-- Kathy Morrison

The website address for the Placer master gardeners is now correct. Apologies for the earlier error!


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For week of Feb. 18:

It's wet to start the week. When you do get outside, between or after storms, concentrate on damage control:

* Keep storm drains and gutters clear of debris.

* Clean up tree debris knocked down by wind and rain.

* Where did the water flow in your garden? Make notes where revisions are necessary.

* Are any trees leaning? See disturbances in the ground or lawn around their base? Time to call an arborist before the tree topples.

* Dump excess water out of pots.

* Indoors, start peppers, tomatoes and eggplant from seed.

* Lettuce and other greens also can be started indoors from seed.

* Got bare-root plants? Put their roots in a bucket of water until outdoor soil dries out. Or pot them up in 1- or 5-gallon containers. In April, transplant the plant, rootball and all, into the garden.

* Browse garden websites and catalogs. It’s not too late to order for spring and summer.

* Show your indoor plants some love. Dust leaves and mist to refresh.

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