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Plan for the future -- plant bulbs now

Placer master gardeners offer free two classes this week

Cream narcissus are cheery, fragrant additions to the spring garden.

Cream narcissus are cheery, fragrant additions to the spring garden. Kathy Morrison

Want a garden of glowing daffodils, bright tulips or fragrant hyacinths next spring? The Placer County master gardeners this week have just the right class -- actually, two classes, on "Bulb Planting for Spring Color." Both are free.

One class will be online via Zoom, 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. Register in advance for this meeting here.

The second class will be in person on Saturday, Oct. 22, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Loomis Library, 6050 Library Drive, Loomis.

"Fall is bulb-planting season, a time for gardeners to project themselves into the future—specifically next spring," the master gardeners note. "Anyone who wants clutches of tulips, clumps of hyacinths or dozens of daffodils in their spring garden must plan and plant in fall."

For more information on Placer County master gardener events, go to https://pcmg.ucanr.org/ 

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Dig In: Garden Checklist for week of April 7

The warm wave coming this week will shift weeds into overdrive. Get to work!

* Weed, weed, weed! Whack them before they flower.

* Mulch around plants to conserve moisture and control weeds.

* Smell orange blossoms? Feed citrus trees with a low dose of balanced fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) during bloom to help set fruit. Keep an eye out for ants.

* Apply slow-release fertilizer to the lawn.

* Thoroughly clean debris from the bottom of outdoor ponds or fountains.

* Spring brings a flush of rapid growth, and that means your garden is really hungry. Feed shrubs and trees with a slow-release fertilizer. Or mulch with a 1-inch layer of compost.

* Azaleas and camellias looking a little yellow? If leaves are turning yellow between the veins, give them a boost with chelated iron.

* Trim dead flowers but not leaves from spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. Those leaves gather energy to create next year's flowers. Also, give the bulbs a fertilizer boost after bloom.

* Pinch chrysanthemums back to 12 inches for fall flowers. Cut old stems to the ground.

* From seed, plant beans, beets, cantaloupes, carrots, corn, cucumbers, melons, radishes and squash. Plant onion sets.

* In the flower garden, plant seeds for asters, cosmos, celosia, marigolds, salvia, sunflowers and zinnias. Transplant petunias, zinnias, geraniums and other summer bloomers.

* Plant perennials and dahlia tubers for summer bloom. April is about the last chance to plant summer bulbs, such as gladiolus and tuberous begonias.

* Transplant lettuce and cabbage seedlings.

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