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Learn how to be a 'Green Gardener' in workshop series

Roseville offers two-month course designed for home gardeners; sign up now

"Green gardens" are beautiful as well as watershed-wise. Learn the right practices in the two-month class offered by the City of Roseville.

"Green gardens" are beautiful as well as watershed-wise. Learn the right practices in the two-month class offered by the City of Roseville. Courtesy City of Roseville Green Gardener program

Give the gift of gardening know-how – or perhaps make it part of your New Year’s resolutions. Either way, this series of garden classes will go a long way toward boosting local “green” gardening – and a better planet.

Registration is now open for a series of Green Gardener classes, offered by the City of Roseville. The workshops are open to both Roseville residents and non-residents.

Starting Feb. 1, the “Green Gardener at Home” classes will be held at 6 p.m. Thursdays through March 30. The two-hour class meets weekly (except Feb. 22 and 29) at the Utility Exploration Center, 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville.

“Want a stunning, water-saving garden? Interested in preparing your landscape for extreme weather and climate change? Join our Green Gardener at Home series, starting on February 1, 2024,” say the organizers. “Local experts will share eco-friendly tips for healthy plants, soil management, efficient irrigation and pest control.”

The class fee ($55 for Roseville residents, $65 for non-residents, age 18 and older) covers all seven weeks of classroom instruction plus three optional Saturday hands-on demonstration sessions, set for 10 a.m. Feb. 17, March 16 and March 30. Advance registration is required.

The series takes a “watershed-wise” approach, say the organizers. “Enjoy classes with local landscape pros and learn environmentally-friendly, easy-care practices for thriving trees and plants that support an abundance of garden life. For regionally specific garden wisdom and practices, the Green Gardener at Home class is the definitive source.”

Each session will have a specific focus, such as practical irrigation, soil health, edible landscaping, integrated pest management and pruning California native shrubs.

Classes also will cover:

• Essential practices for watershed-wise gardens.

• Growing your rainwater.

• Composting, fertilizing, and mulching for optimum garden health.

• Reducing water runoff and air pollution.

• Selecting and caring for California native plants.

• Luscious lawn substitutes.

To register or learn more about Roseville’s Green Gardener program:

https://rb.gy/nvoqma

or

https://www.roseville.ca.us/residents/utility_exploration_center and click on the photo captioned “New Year, learn new gardening techniques.”

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Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

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* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

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