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‘Fall Into Gardening’ with El Dorado County master gardeners

Sherwood Demonstration Garden in Placerville hosts community event for all ages

The Sherwood Demonstration Garden is the site of 16 individual garden areas. Free classes are offered there this Saturday.

The Sherwood Demonstration Garden is the site of 16 individual garden areas. Free classes are offered there this Saturday. Courtesy UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County

October ranks among the best times to garden in the Sierra foothills (and other parts of the Sacramento region). And more people now are interested in learning about gardening than ever before.

Put those two facts together and you get “Fall into Gardening,” a free community event at Sherwood Demonstration Garden in Placerville.

Set for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct 1, “Fall into Gardening” is hosted by the UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of El Dorado County. The morning’s events include activities and advice in all 16 demonstration gardens tended at Sherwood. Expect gardening fun for the whole family with classes every 30 minutes, garden tours and crafts booths for all ages as well as all experience levels.

Parking and admission are free. Master gardeners will be on hand to discuss your garden and landscape questions.

Because of warm soil and (usually) mild days, October is the best time for major landscape renovations. Shrubs, trees and perennials benefit from fall transplanting so they can get established before the stress of summer heat next year.

Featured at this public event will be advice on growing cool-season vegetables as well as drought-tolerant gardening. Plan and plant now to save water for years to come.

Sherwood Garden is located at 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville, on the campus of Folsom Lake College’s El Dorado Center.

Details and directions: https://mgeldorado.ucanr.edu.

– Debbie Arrington

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For week of Feb. 18:

It's wet to start the week. When you do get outside, between or after storms, concentrate on damage control:

* Keep storm drains and gutters clear of debris.

* Clean up tree debris knocked down by wind and rain.

* Where did the water flow in your garden? Make notes where revisions are necessary.

* Are any trees leaning? See disturbances in the ground or lawn around their base? Time to call an arborist before the tree topples.

* Dump excess water out of pots.

* Indoors, start peppers, tomatoes and eggplant from seed.

* Lettuce and other greens also can be started indoors from seed.

* Got bare-root plants? Put their roots in a bucket of water until outdoor soil dries out. Or pot them up in 1- or 5-gallon containers. In April, transplant the plant, rootball and all, into the garden.

* Browse garden websites and catalogs. It’s not too late to order for spring and summer.

* Show your indoor plants some love. Dust leaves and mist to refresh.

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