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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."

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For week of Sept. 24:

This week our weather will be just right for fall gardening. What are you waiting for?

* Now is the time to plant for fall. The warm soil will get these veggies off to a fast start.

* Keep harvesting tomatoes, peppers, squash, melons and eggplant. Tomatoes may ripen faster off the vine and sitting on the kitchen counter.

* Compost annuals and vegetable crops that have finished producing.

* Cultivate and add compost to the soil to replenish its nutrients for fall and winter vegetables and flowers.

* Fertilize deciduous fruit trees.

* Plant onions, lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, bok choy, spinach and potatoes directly into the vegetable beds.

* Transplant cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower as well as lettuce seedlings.

* Sow seeds of California poppies, clarkia and African daisies.

* Transplant cool-weather annuals such as pansies, violas, fairy primroses, calendulas, stocks and snapdragons.

* Divide and replant bulbs, rhizomes and perennials. That includes bearded iris; if they haven’t bloomed in three years, it’s time to dig them up and divide their rhizomes.

* Dig up and divide daylilies as they complete their bloom cycle.

* Divide and transplant peonies that have become overcrowded. Replant with “eyes” about an inch below the soil surface.

* Late September is ideal for sowing a new lawn or re-seeding bare spots.

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