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Placer County Master Gardeners present 'Garden Trends' and lots of seasonal advice

The 2023 Placer County Master Gardeners calendar and gardening guide is devoted to current "Garden Trends."

The 2023 Placer County Master Gardeners calendar and gardening guide is devoted to current "Garden Trends."

Debbie Arrington

How can you do a better job growing vegetables, fruit, flowers and more? Plan ahead.

For that task, a printed calendar still comes in handy – especially when it’s packed with advice and handy tips.

Now available is the 2023 Calendar and Gardening Guide, created by the UC Master Gardeners of Placer County.
Priced at $12, the 13-month calendar is available at several nurseries and gardener-friendly locations in Placer, Nevada and El Dorado counties. Check the website for an updated list of locations to buy the calendar or to order direct.

It’s one of the best bargains local gardeners can find – and it will give you a head start on gardening success in the year ahead.

“In recent years, there has been a surge in people interested in growing their own food,” says Paula Agostini, co-chair of the master gardeners’ calendar committee, “and this calendar taps into that enthusiasm and can help Northern Californians, from beginners to experts, create, grow, and harvest a healthy sustainable garden.”

Written specifically for foothill gardeners, the Placer County calendar and guide is very useful for any gardener in the greater Sacramento area including flatlanders.

The 2023 theme: “Garden Trends: Tips for Enhancing Your Space.” Featuring planting, growing and harvesting tips, the calendar and guide includes in-depth articles for every season. Among the topics: Fruit trees ideal for small spaces; planting for pollinators; create a fragrant garden; how to grow cut flowers; vegetables that can withstand triple-digit heat; and how to replace your lawn.

Get advice on what to plant when as well as what to expect to find in local farmers markets.

A major fundraiser for the master gardeners, the publication “is one of the important ways we deliver valuable information on gardening to the community,” says Agostini.

It’s also beautiful, with gorgeous local photos every month. (Did we mention this calendar makes a great gift?)

Placer County Master Gardeners will be selling calendars at local events including the Auburn Farmers Market (first and third Saturdays through Oct. 15), Roseville Fountains Farmers Market (Tuesdays through Oct. 25) and the Mountain Mandarin Festival, Nov. 18-20.



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For week of June 4:

Because of the comfortable weather, it’s not too late to set out tomato and pepper seedlings as well as squash and melon plants. They’ll appreciate this not-too-hot weather. Just remember to water.

* From seed, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, melons, squash and sunflowers.

* Plant basil to go with your tomatoes.

* Transplant summer annuals such as petunias, marigolds and zinnias.

* It’s also a good time to transplant perennial flowers including astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia, salvia and verbena.

* Let the grass grow longer. Set the mower blades high to reduce stress on your lawn during summer heat. To cut down on evaporation, water your lawn deeply during the wee hours of the morning, between 2 and 8 a.m.

* Tie up vines and stake tall plants such as gladiolus and lilies. That gives their heavy flowers some support.

* Dig and divide crowded bulbs after the tops have died down.

* Feed summer flowers with a slow-release fertilizer.

* Mulch, mulch, mulch! This “blanket” keeps moisture in the soil longer and helps your plants cope during hot weather.

* Thin grapes on the vine for bigger, better clusters later this summer.

* Cut back fruit-bearing canes on berries.

* Feed camellias, azaleas and other acid-loving plants.

* Trim off dead flowers from rose bushes to keep them blooming through the summer. Roses also benefit from deep watering and feeding now. A top dressing of aged compost will keep them happy. It feeds as well as keeps roots moist.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushier plants with many more flowers in September.

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