Placer County master gardeners mark anniversary with workshops, speakers
The Placer County master gardeners' Garden Faire on Saturday will be a celebration of gardening, and of Earth Day.
Photo courtesy Placer County master gardeners
Earth Day (April 22) marks a double celebration for the UC Master Gardeners of Placer County. Not only are they observing ways to save the planet, the master gardeners are always commemorating their 40th anniversary – and the public is invited.
On Saturday, the master gardeners will host their annual Garden Faire at Maidu Community Center in Roseville. Admission is free.
Special workshops and activities will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Say the organizers, “Gardeners of all ages will be captivated by the variety of local vendors, workshops and expert speakers who will be there to provide information on all aspects of gardening. There will be a Kids Korner with Earth Day crafts and fun activities for the little ones, on-site master gardeners to help you with your gardening questions, door prizes, garden art and plants for sale, and much more.”
Featured hands-on workshops include “Beyond The Honey Bee” (ways to help pollinators and other beneficial insects) and “Save Water With DIY Drip Conversions.”
Keynote speakers will be: Tora Rocha of Pollinator Posse, discussing “Attracting and Keeping Pollinators” at 10 a.m.; and Jody Sheffield of Delta Bluegrass Company, presenting “You Don’t Have To Divorce Your Lawn” at 12:30 p.m.
Maidu Community Center is located at 1550 Maidu Drive, Roseville.
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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.
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* 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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