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Join Sacramento master gardeners Saturday for Open Garden

Get answers to garden questions while watching experts at work

The pineapple sage in the Herb Garden at the Horticulture Center is looking a little shaggy these days. Learn about pruning herbs  and many other topics during Open Garden this Saturday.

The pineapple sage in the Herb Garden at the Horticulture Center is looking a little shaggy these days. Learn about pruning herbs and many other topics during Open Garden this Saturday.

New year, more questions; where can a gardener find answers?

At the master gardeners’ Open Garden, of course!

On Saturday, Jan. 20, the UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County kick off 2024 with their first Open Garden of the year at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center in Fair Oaks Park – rain or shine.

From 9 a.m. to noon, the public is invited to join dozens of masters gardeners as they work in the Hort Center’s various specialty areas. Admission and parking are free. (No pets, please.)

“Open gardens are informal free events where you roam the gardens, watch what we are doing, see what we are growing and ask questions,” explain the master gardeners. “Bring samples of your problem plants, mystery pests and questions to the ‘Ask the Master Gardeners’ information table. Get one-on-one advice based on the most recent research-based sustainable practices.”

In addition, catch up with what’s happening in our cool-season gardens.

“Winter’s delights originate outdoors with seeds, ornamental berries and citrus fruit,” say the master gardeners. “Listen to mini-talks and talk with master gardeners among the various demonstration garden areas.”

Current topics include:

Orchard: Learn about keeping pests away, why wait to prune, and information about planting new trees.

Berries: Ask about the tastiest varieties to plant.

Compost: Keep it out of your green waste can and learn how to make your own compost. 

Herbs: See how and why herbs need to be trimmed before spring growth.

WEL: Water-efficient landscape is a perfect choice to replace a lawn or add to your landscape.

Vegetables: Learn why to cover cool-weather crops with protective cloth. 

Vineyard: Look for signs of bud growth on grape stems. Ask about pruning methods.

It’s also not too late to pick up a copy of the master gardeners’ excellent 2024 Garden Guide and Calendar; it will be on sale during the event. The garden guide is only $12 including tax, cash or check.

“It is a wonderful reminder of tasks to keep your garden healthy and thriving all year,” say the master gardeners. “A how-to guide on creating a habitat garden is featured this year advising you on plants to attract pollinators, birds and beneficial insects. Proceeds from sales help support the Master Gardeners of Sacramento County community projects.”

Fair Oaks Horticulture Center is located at 11549 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks.

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Temperatures will be a bit higher than normal in the afternoons this week. Take care of chores early in the day – then enjoy the afternoon. It’s time to smell the roses.

* Plant, plant, plant! It’s prime planting season in the Sacramento area. If you haven’t already, it’s time to set out those tomato transplants along with peppers and eggplants. Pinch off any flowers on new transplants to make them concentrate on establishing roots instead of setting premature fruit.

* Direct-seed melons, cucumbers, summer squash, corn, radishes, pumpkins and annual herbs such as basil.

* Harvest cabbage, lettuce, peas and green onions.

* In the flower garden, direct-seed sunflowers, cosmos, salvia, zinnias, marigolds, celosia and asters.

* Plant dahlia tubers. Other perennials to set out include verbena, coreopsis, coneflower and astilbe.

* Transplant petunias, marigolds and perennial flowers such as astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia and verbena.

* Keep an eye out for slugs, snails, earwigs and aphids that want to dine on tender new growth.

* Feed summer bloomers with a balanced fertilizer.

* For continued bloom, cut off spent flowers on roses as well as other flowering plants.

* Don’t forget to water. Seedlings need moisture. Deep watering will help build strong roots and healthy plants.

* Add mulch to the garden to help keep that precious water from evaporating. Mulch also cuts down on weeds. But don’t let it mound around the stems or trunks of trees or shrubs. Leave about a 6-inch to 1-foot circle to avoid crown rot or other problems.

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