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Placer County Master Gardeners
Ask the Master Gardener: Tulips need summer dormant season to rebloom in the spring
Tuesday Feb 22 2011
Question: I just got a pot of beautiful tulips for Valentine’s Day, but I have no clue what I should do with them. I would like to plant them in my yard for future years. Where s ...
Pruning, roses, insects take stage at Loomis gathering
Tuesday Feb 22 2011
Now it its fourth year, the Gardeners Gathering brings together 125 enthusiasts for a day of talks and discussions on a variety of green thumb topics. Sponsored by the Placer Count ...
Workshops reflect shades of green
Wednesday Feb 02 2011
It’s actually easy being green. A workshop series at the Placer Nature Center makes it even easier with sessions on pruning, attracting butterflies and hummingbirds, composting ...
Ask the Master Gardener: Chinese Tallows have nice fall color but are invasive to wetlands
Wednesday Jun 16 2010
Question: I have a Chinese Tallow tree in my front yard near a walkway. I’m told it should come out because of shallow roots and that it’s an invasive tree. Is this true? An ...
Ask the Master Gardener: Vegetables need adequate sunlight
Wednesday May 26 2010
Question: I have a small backyard with no place that receives a full six hours of sun. I have been told that I cannot grow a vegetable garden. Is that true? Answer: Space-challeng ...
Ask the master gardener — Easy steps to eliminate snails
Tuesday May 04 2010
Question: The spring rains have brought a large number of snails to my property and they are hungry for my flowers and vegetables. What can I do? Answer: The brown garden snail, ...
Ask the Master Gardener: Drip systems save water and reduce weed growth
Tuesday Mar 16 2010
Question: I have heard that drip irrigation is a way to save water in the garden but I know nothing about it? Is it something I can do myself? Answer: It is a water distribution m ...
Ask the master gardener: Set hillside in bloom with poppies
Wednesday Mar 03 2010
Question: I have a hillside on which I would love to grow a meadow of California poppies. What’s the best way to do this? Answer: Spanish explorers were fascinated by the hillsi ...
Ask the Master Gardeners: Weigh options when choosing seeds
Tuesday Feb 16 2010
Question: What is the difference between organic seeds and the old-fashioned regular seeds? Can you recommend what to buy? Answer: Organic seed is harvested from plants that are ...
Ask the Master Gardeners: Bare-root plants are best choice for winter growing
Tuesday Jan 12 2010
Question: I am interested in growing food in my garden. Can I plant anything in the winter? Answer: There are many food plants that you can plant now but there are a few precautio ...
Ask the Master Gardeners: Assess the damage from December’s freeze
Tuesday Dec 29 2009
Question: The December freeze and the weight of the snow that preceded it took a large toll on my garden. Now what do I do? Answer: Microclimates at work in your landscape impac ...
Ask the Master Gardeners: Camellias do best with filtered shade
Wednesday Dec 09 2009
Question: I’m seeing camellias in the nursery. I’m not sure if they are easy to grow or what kind of conditions they need. Can you help? Answer: The two most common camellias ...
Ask the Master Gardeners: November a time to strengthen roots, not promote growth
Tuesday Nov 17 2009
Q: I was told that fertilizer was bad for plants in the late fall, but is that true of all plants? What should I be fertilizing now? A: Yes, some people believe that fall fertiliz ...
Ask the Master Gardeners: Plant cover crops to improve the soil
Saturday Oct 24 2009
Question: I’ve heard people talk about growing a “cover crop” but don’t understand what they mean. Can you explain? Answer: Unlike crops that we grow to eat, cover crops ...
Ask the Master Gardeners: Prepare now for spring victory garden
Tuesday Oct 20 2009
Question: I have decided that I want to grow my first vegetable garden next spring. I don’t have much money and my yard is mainly grass. And I am novice gardener with little time ...
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