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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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For week of March 3:

* Celebrate the city flower! Catch the 100th Sacramento Camellia Show 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2, and 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the Scottish Rite Center, 6151 H St., Sacramento. Admission is free.

* Between showers, pick up fallen camellia blooms; that helps cut down on the spread of blossom blight that prematurely browns petals.

* Feed camellias after they bloom with fertilizer formulated for acid-loving plants.

* Camellias need little pruning. Remove dead wood and shape, if necessary.

* Tread lightly or not at all on wet ground; it compacts soil.

* Avoid digging in wet soil, too; wait until it clumps in your hand but doesn’t feel squishy.

* 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.

* If aphids are attracted to new growth, knock them off with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap. To make your own “bug soap,” use two tablespoons liquid soap – not detergent – to one quart water in a spray bottle. Shake it up before use. Among the liquid soaps that seem most effective are Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soaps; try the peppermint scent.

* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.

* Make plans for your summer garden. Once the soil is ready, start adding amendments such as compost.

* Indoors, start seeds for summer favorites such as tomatoes, peppers and squash as well as summer flowers.

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