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Grow more fruit with this free workshop

Roseville class covers fruit tree care from planting to harvest

Peaches can be a challenge to grow, but are so worth it. Learn about growing fruit trees in a free Roseville workshop next month.

Peaches can be a challenge to grow, but are so worth it. Learn about growing fruit trees in a free Roseville workshop next month. Kathy Morrison

Turn your landscape into your own little food forest with a free workshop from the City of Roseville.

“Growing Fruit Trees” focuses on the basics (plus a lot more) from choosing the right varieties for your home to pruning for higher yield and easier harvest.

Set for 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, the two-hour class will be held at Martha Riley Community Library’s meeting rooms. Seating is limited; sign up today. Register here.

“You may know when to pick and enjoy that delicious fruit, but do you know how to choose, plant, tend, and prune your fruit tree? Join Roseville Urban Forest Foundation arborist Lani Houck to learn how to grow and maintain fruit trees, from planting to harvest,” say the organizers. “Learn about choosing, planting, watering, and pest management to keep your fruit trees beautiful and productive. We will provide pruning instructions in this workshop, but consider taking the Pruning Fruit trees workshop to get in-depth pruning information.”

That follow-up pruning workshop, scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, unfortunately is full at the moment, but a waiting list is available for signups.

Roseville also offers a general pruning class, "Pruning With Purpose." The Jan. 13 workshop is full, but there is plenty of space in the one scheduled Wednesday, Feb. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Martha Riley Community Library is located at 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville, next to the Roseville Utility Exploration Center.

Roseville’s popular gardening classes tend to fill up quickly. Find more available workshops for 2024 at roseville.ca.us/exploremore.

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* April is the last chance to plant citrus trees such as dwarf orange, lemon and kumquat. These trees also look good in landscaping and provide fresh fruit in winter.

* Smell orange blossoms? Feed citrus trees with a low dose of balanced fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) during bloom to help set fruit. Keep an eye out for ants.

* Apply slow-release fertilizer to the lawn.

* Thoroughly clean debris from the bottom of outdoor ponds or fountains.

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