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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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Garden Checklist for week of July 7

Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

* Harvest tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplant. Prompt picking will help keep plants producing.

* Remove spent flowers from roses, daylilies and other bloomers as they finish flowering.

* Pinch off blooms from basil so the plant will grow more leaves.

* Cut back lavender after flowering to promote a second bloom.

* One good thing about hot days: Most lawns stop growing when temperatures top 95 degrees. Keep mower blades set on high.

* Once the weather cools down a little, it’s not too late to add a splash of color. Plant petunias, snapdragons, zinnias and marigolds.

* After the heat wave, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, winter squash and sunflowers. Make sure the seeds stay hydrated.

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