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"Gardening With Purpose" is the theme of the Placer County master gardeners' 2020 calendar.

Placer County master gardeners release popular information-packed calendar

It may be only September, but it’s time to get a jump on 2020.

Do that with the help of the Placer County master gardeners, whose popular 13-month calendar and gardening guide goes on sale today, Sept. 3.

The 2020 theme: “Gardening with Purpose: Enrich your yard and your community.” Each month features a different way to help the community where you live as well as how your garden grows.

“We garden for a variety of reasons,” wrote the calendar’s editors. “We garden to grow vegetables, flowers, fruit, or to enhance our yards. Whatever our goals, our gardens impact the environment around us.”

Also find seasonal tips on how to care for your garden sustainably, as well as timely planting suggestions. In addition to planting and harvest guides, there’s a farmers market shopping list to keep you in tune to the seasons.

The Placer County calendar and guide is written expressly for the foothills’ slightly cooler climate, but also works for flatlanders throughout the Central Valley. It makes a thoughtful gift, too.

Priced at $10, the calendar is available at several special events featuring the master gardeners such as the upcoming Auburn Home Show (Sept, 27-29) and the Mountain Mandarin Festival (Nov. 22-24) as well as weekly farmers markets where the Placer County master gardeners staff information tables.

Or gets yours now online via the master gardeners’ website at:


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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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