El Dorado County master gardeners offer hands-on workshop
Here's the end result of composting:
"garden gold" to enrich the soil. (Photo
Time to make some garden gold!
Learn how to compost during a free class Saturday, Aug. 20, offered by the UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County.
From 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Sherwood Demonstration Garden in Placerville, this hands-on workshop will tackle all the basics: What to put into the compost, which methods to use and how to speed up the process.
“Compost provides valuable nutrients for your garden soil,” say the master gardeners. “Compost helps retain moisture which saves water, suppresses weeds, prevents soil erosion, and loosens compacted soils for better drainage and water retention.”
Under new California law, consumers are encouraged to separate food waste from other trash. Food waste rotting in landfills is a major cause of methane, a major greenhouse gas. Communities will be required to turn collected food waste into compost or burn it as biofuel.
Why not cut out the middleman and make your own compost at home?
“It is rewarding to know you are turning waste into a nutrient-rich organic material for your garden,” add the master gardeners.
Sherwood Demonstration Garden is located at 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville, on the El Dorado Center campus of Folsom Lake College.
This workshop comes with a bonus: Sherwood Garden is also open for tours Saturday morning.
“Our demonstration garden will be open for viewing and tours as well as volunteer Master Gardeners on site to answer your home gardening questions,” say the hosts.
For details and directions: https://mgeldorado.ucanr.edu/ .
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Sacramento can expect another inch of rain from this latest storm. Leave the sprinklers off at least another week. Temps will dip down into the low 30s early in the week, so avoid planting tender seedlings (such as tomatoes). Concentrate on these tasks before or after this week’s rain:
* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.
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* 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 help corral blossom blight.
* Feed citrus trees, which are now in bloom and setting fruit.
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* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.
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* 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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