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Placer master gardener workshops at Roseville show

New Tri-County event Aug. 19-21 at Roebbelen Center

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Composting will be the topic of the first of three
seminars by the Placer master gardeners during
the Tri-County Home & Garden Show next week.
(Photo courtesy UC ANR)
The Placer County master gardeners aren't letting any grass grow under their feet this month. They'll be on hand and presenting workshops during the new Tri-County Home & Garden Show,  Aug. 19-21 at the Roebbelen Center @ The Grounds, 700 Event Center Drive, Roseville.

The master gardeners will be in their booth all three days and have scheduled three workshops during the show:

-- Composting, 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19.

-- Preparing Your Garden for the Winter, 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20.

-- Lawn Replacement, 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 21.

Other garden-related seminars during the show will be presented by The Plant Lady Marlene Simon; Tora Rocha of the Pollinator Posse and the California Master Beekeeper Program.

Show hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20-21. Admission is $10 general, $5 seniors and free for children 12; discounts are available online

For more information on the show, go to

For the full Placer master gardener event calendar for the remainder of 2022, go to


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Temperatures will be a bit higher than normal in the afternoons this week. Take care of chores early in the day – then enjoy the afternoon. It’s time to smell the roses.

* Plant, plant, plant! It’s prime planting season in the Sacramento area. If you haven’t already, it’s time to set out those tomato transplants along with peppers and eggplants. Pinch off any flowers on new transplants to make them concentrate on establishing roots instead of setting premature fruit.

* Direct-seed melons, cucumbers, summer squash, corn, radishes, pumpkins and annual herbs such as basil.

* Harvest cabbage, lettuce, peas and green onions.

* In the flower garden, direct-seed sunflowers, cosmos, salvia, zinnias, marigolds, celosia and asters.

* Plant dahlia tubers. Other perennials to set out include verbena, coreopsis, coneflower and astilbe.

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* Feed summer bloomers with a balanced fertilizer.

* For continued bloom, cut off spent flowers on roses as well as other flowering plants.

* Don’t forget to water. Seedlings need moisture. Deep watering will help build strong roots and healthy plants.

* Add mulch to the garden to help keep that precious water from evaporating. Mulch also cuts down on weeds. But don’t let it mound around the stems or trunks of trees or shrubs. Leave about a 6-inch to 1-foot circle to avoid crown rot or other problems.

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