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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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Garden Checklist for week of April 21

This week there’s plenty to keep gardeners busy. With no rain in the immediate forecast, remember to irrigate any new transplants.

* Weed, weed, weed! Get them before they flower and go to seed.

* April is the last chance to plant citrus trees such as dwarf orange, lemon and kumquat. These trees also look good in landscaping and provide fresh fruit in winter.

* Smell orange blossoms? Feed citrus trees with a low dose of balanced fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) during bloom to help set fruit. Keep an eye out for ants.

* Apply slow-release fertilizer to the lawn.

* Thoroughly clean debris from the bottom of outdoor ponds or fountains.

* Spring brings a flush of rapid growth, and that means your garden is really hungry. Feed shrubs and trees with a slow-release fertilizer. Or mulch with a 1-inch layer of compost.

* Azaleas and camellias looking a little yellow? If leaves are turning yellow between the veins, give them a boost with chelated iron.

* Trim dead flowers but not leaves from spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. Those leaves gather energy to create next year's flowers. Also, give the bulbs a fertilizer boost after bloom.

* Pinch chrysanthemums back to 12 inches for fall flowers. Cut old stems to the ground.

* Mulch around plants to conserve moisture and control weeds.

* From seed, plant beans, beets, cantaloupes, carrots, corn, cucumbers, melons, radishes and squash.

* Plant onion sets.

* In the flower garden, plant seeds for asters, cosmos, celosia, marigolds, salvia, sunflowers and zinnias.

* Transplant petunias, zinnias, geraniums and other summer bloomers.

* Plant perennials and dahlia tubers for summer bloom.

* Mid to late April is about the last chance to plant summer bulbs, such as gladiolus and tuberous begonias.

* Transplant lettuce seedlings. Choose varieties that mature quickly such as loose leaf.

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