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." 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 https://pcmg.ucanr.org/2023_Calendar/ 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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* Clean up tree debris knocked down by wind and rain.
* Where did the water flow in your garden? Make notes where revisions are necessary.
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* Dump excess water out of pots.
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