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. Kathy Morrison
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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* Note spots in your garden that stay wet after storms; improve drainage with the addition of organic matter such as compost.
* Keep an eye out for leaning trunks or ground disturbances around a tree’s base, a sign of shifting roots in the wet soil.
* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.
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