Placer County master gardeners offer free pollinator workshop
A painted lady butterfly revels in the nectar from a lacy phacelia plant, which is a California native.
How do you get more fruit and vegetables from your garden? Start by inviting more pollinators into your landscape.
Get ready for a spring full of bees and butterflies with the help of this free workshop, “Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden.”
Set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 11, this one-hour workshop will be offered live in person as well as via Zoom. Presented by the master gardeners of Placer County, the class will not only share how to attract bees, butterflies and birds, but how to keep them around.
“(The class is about) attracting and protecting our winged visitors,” say the master gardeners. “Come and learn what hummingbirds, butterflies, native bees and other garden visitors need in our gardens. See the plants!”
The in-person session will be held at Loomis Library, 6050 Library Drive, Loomis. To see it on Zoom, register in advance with this link:
Upcoming workshops presented by Placer County master gardeners include straw bale gardening (March 18) and “Firescaping” (April 8). Learn more at: https://pcmg.ucanr.org/.
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For week of June 4:
Because of the comfortable weather, it’s not too late to set out tomato and pepper seedlings as well as squash and melon plants. They’ll appreciate this not-too-hot weather. Just remember to water.
* From seed, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, melons, squash and sunflowers.
* Plant basil to go with your tomatoes.
* Transplant summer annuals such as petunias, marigolds and zinnias.
* It’s also a good time to transplant perennial flowers including astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia, salvia and verbena.
* Let the grass grow longer. Set the mower blades high to reduce stress on your lawn during summer heat. To cut down on evaporation, water your lawn deeply during the wee hours of the morning, between 2 and 8 a.m.
* Tie up vines and stake tall plants such as gladiolus and lilies. That gives their heavy flowers some support.
* Dig and divide crowded bulbs after the tops have died down.
* Feed summer flowers with a slow-release fertilizer.
* Mulch, mulch, mulch! This “blanket” keeps moisture in the soil longer and helps your plants cope during hot weather.
* Thin grapes on the vine for bigger, better clusters later this summer.
* Cut back fruit-bearing canes on berries.
* Feed camellias, azaleas and other acid-loving plants.
* Trim off dead flowers from rose bushes to keep them blooming through the summer. Roses also benefit from deep watering and feeding now. A top dressing of aged compost will keep them happy. It feeds as well as keeps roots moist.
* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushier plants with many more flowers in September.
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