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September Garden Chores

Interactive Vegetable Planting Calendar

Tips for Starting a Vegetable Garden

Tomato Gardening: Tips and Hints

Tomato Gardening Basics

Plants to Attract Beneficial Insects

Attracting Bees To Your Garden

Sacramento Area Planting Guide for Flower and Vegetable Seeds

Asian Citrus Psyllid Info and Video

Quick Clicks

CA Native Plants For Your Area of CA

Plant Lists Categorized by their Water Needs

Plants For Dry Shade

Dave's Garden Plant Search

National Pesticide Information Center

Roses For Shade

The Top Ten Roses for Sacramento

100 Roses for the Valley and Foothills

Vegetable Planting Calendar

Storing Fruits and Vegetables

Tomato Taste Test Trials

Fruit Tree Varieties

Nut Tree Varieties

Fruit & Nut Harvest Dates

Fruit Taste Test Winners

Citrus Tree Info

Plants that Attract Beneficial Insects

Plants to Attract Pollinating Insects

20 Great Trees for the Sacramento Area

Small Trees for Small Yards

Shade Tree Selection Guide

Weather Websites

Fertilizer Ingredients (by brand)

Farmer Fred's 10 Garden Rules

 

Unthirsty Plants

CA Native Plants Localized for Your Town: calscape.org

Low Water Plant Trials: Results

Sacramento Smart Irrigation Scheduler

Gardening With Limited Water

Water Efficient Plants for Sacramento

Other Water Efficient Plant Resources

EPA Guide to Water-Smart Landscapes

Water-Wise CA Regional Garden Sites

Tips For Growing Native Plants

 

VEGETABLES

Tomato Gardening: Tips and Hints

Tomato Gardening Basics

Tomato Troubleshooting Tips

Blossom End Rot on Tomatoes

 Recipes for Your Home Grown Produce

Help Plants Beat the Heat

Grow your Own Popcorn !

How To Grow Giant Pumpkins Growing Winter Vegetables
FRUIT

Fruit Facts from the CA Rare Fruit Growers

Fruit and Nut Links from UC

Avocado Trees for Northern California?

How to Increase the Size of Your Table Grapes

How To Get Bigger Fruit From Your Fruit Trees

Citrus Tips from the Pros

UC: Growing Blueberries in the Sacramento Region

Blueberries for the Valley

Fruit Tree Care Calendar

Plant a Fruit Tree...Or Two!

Choosing and Planting Bare Root Fruit Trees

U.C. Davis Tips on Fruit Tree Pruning & Training

Growing Caneberries in the Sacramento Region

How To Prune Overgrown Deciduous Fruit Trees

 
ROSES

Rose Pruning, California Style

Roses For Shade

The Top Ten Roses for Sacramento

100 Roses for the Valley and Foothills

Rose Planting Basics 

LANDSCAPING

How Much Water Does Your Lawn and Garden Really Need?

Plant Lists Categorized by their Water Needs

Soil Solarization

Growing Fall/Winter Vegetables

Greenhouse Tomatoes in the Fall/Winter

Plants to Attract Beneficial Insects

Attracting Bees To Your Garden

20 Great Trees for the Sacramento Area

Small Trees for Small Yards

Hiring an Arborist: Tips from the Sacramento Tree Foundation

Landscaping Tips

UC Davis Arboretum All-Stars

Easy Care Plants for Privacy Shows for the Nose: Other Fragrant Plants
Deer Resistant Plants (Alleged)

 

GARDEN HELPERS

The Garden "Good Guys"

Plants to Attract Beneficial Insects

Attracting Bees To Your Garden

GardenInsects.Com

Free Publications From UC's Farm and Garden Experts 

 

TREES

20 Great Trees for the Sacramento Area

Small Trees for Small Yards

Hiring an Arborist: Tips from the Sacramento Tree Foundation

Finding an ISA-Certified Arborist

After the storm: Leaning Trees Need Your Attention, Now!

Oak Tree Care

Planting Under Oaks

Pruning Q&A's

Christmas Tree Care

Frost, Freeze Tips

Protecting Plants from Frost or Freeze

The Quick Guide: When a Frost is Forecast

Frost Protection for Citrus and Other Subtropical Plants

After a Freeze: What Should You Do in the Garden? 
Winter
Growing Winter Vegetables
 
Plants for Late Fall / Winter Color
 
Frost/Freeze Tips For Citrus
 
Best Soil Temperatures for Vegetable Seeds
 
Why Rotate Your Crops?
 
Plant a Fruit Tree...Or Two!
 
Choosing and Planting Bare Root Fruit Trees
 
Threat to Citrus Trees: the Asian Citrus Psyllid
 
Christmas Tree Care
 
Plants for Late Fall/Winter Color
 Fall

Fall is Lawn Renovation Time

Best Soil Temperatures for Vegetable Seeds

Why Rotate Your Crops?

Sacramento Area Planting Guide for Flower and Vegetable Seeds
Growing Fall/Winter Vegetables

Plants for Late Fall/Winter Color

Greenhouse Tomatoes in the Fall/Winter
Plants to Attract Beneficial Insects
Attracting Bees To Your Garden
UC Davis Arboretum All-Stars
Easy Care Plants for Privacy
20 Great Trees for the Sacramento Area
Small Trees for Small Yards Pruning Q&A's
 

More Garden Features

Lifetime Master Gardener Fred Hoffman is the host of the "KFBK Garden
Show" on 1530-AM/93.1-FM KFBK in Sacramento, California each Sunday
morning from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Pacfic Time, followed by "Get Growing" on
Talk 650 KSTE in Sacramento, 10 a.m. to Noon. At noon, it's the KSTE Farm Hour.
And, you can listen to all the shows, live, via the KFBK.com and KSTE.com websites.
 
Available as podcasts, too!
Previous editions of "The KFBK Garden Show" and "Get Growing".
Plus, for news about California agriculture, it's the KSTE Farm Hour.
New Podcast links for Itunes podcast users:
KFBK Garden Show
Get Growing
KSTE Farm Hour
 
Southern Sacramento and Northern San Joaquin County gardeners can also
get current gardening information from Fred in his Saturday gardening column
in the Lodi News-Sentinel.; also available at the Farmer Fred Rant! Blog page.
 

UPCOMING GUESTS ON THE "KFBK GARDEN SHOW" & "GET GROWING" ON KSTE

Sept. 15: Debbie Flower - "Propagating Plants"; "Choosing CA Native Plants"

Sept. 22: Debbie Arrington, Kathy Morrison: "Sacramento Digs Gardening"

  A Clue for the Garden Grappler 
 Visit the Farmer Fred Rant Blog Page for These Garden Tips and More:

Vegetables:

Interactive Vegetable Planting Calendar

Planting Your First Vegetable Garden? Some Tips

Growing Tomatoes in Containers

Terrific Tomato Tips

Some Vegetables Require Less Water Than Others

Will Those Green Tomatoes Turn Red This Fall?

Before You Plant, Check the Soil Temperature

Make Your Own Planting Mix

Starting Tomatoes, Peppers From Seed

More Tips on Starting Tomatoes from Seed

Pepper Seeds Slow to Germinate? Some Tips

Heirloom Vegetables Are Better For You

Tomato Troubleshooter

Crop Rotation Plan for the Home Garden

Crop Rotation for the Garden, Pt. 2

The Hazards of Overfeeding Your Plants 

Hand-Pollinating Squash Plants

How to Grow Giant Pumpkins

Grow Your Own Popcorn

 

Fruits:

Avocado Trees for Sacramento? A Guide

Why Are My Oranges Splitting?

Frost/Freeze Protection Ideas for Citrus

Choosing and Planting Bare Root Fruit Trees

Mulch Under a Citrus Tree: Pros and Cons

Bareroot Fruit Tree Shopping? Buyer Beware!

Harvest Fruits By Look and Feel, Not the Calendar

Know Your Fruit Tree Rootstocks

Growing Blueberries in Container

Anatomy of a Professional Fruit Tasting

Why Are the Blackberries Turning White?

 

Bad Bugs, Diseases, Weeds:

Battling Tomato Hornworms

Every Season is Ant Season

The Green Fruit Beetles Are Back

Ants!

A Cure for the Cherry Maggot?

Controlling Snails and Slugs

Peach Leaf Curl: It's Back!

Battling Peach Leaf Curl

Battling Sooty Mold & Scale on Citrus

Controlling Fungus Gnats on Houseplants

Crane Flies vs. Mosquitoes

Leaf Spot Problem? Here's What to Do

Cat Proofing Your Garden

Yellowjacket Fun Facts! Control Tips, Too

Weedkillers: Read the Label!

 

ETC.

How To Find Garden Answers Online

Garden Shoes...or Gardening Shoes?

Tips for a Healthy Heart and Thwarting Type 2 Diabetes

The Garden Good Guys:

4 Plants to Attract Pollinators and Beneficials

Plants that Attract Beneficial Insects

Bring on the Bees!

Plants to Attract Pollinating Insects

This Blog is for the Birds

The Good Bug Hotel

What's Killing the Bees? A New Study Offers Clues

Landscaping, Lawns, Flowers

100+ Great Roses For California

Fall Lawn Renovation

Plants For Dry Shade

Getting the Yard Ready for a Rain and Wind Storm

Watering Tips for Drip Irrigation

A Tour of Maple Rock Gardens

The Heart-Healthy Garden

Plants for Privacy

The Cure for Non-Performing Daffodils

WELO is coming. Start Planning to Save Water Now

Plants Wilting in the Heat? Check Before You Water

Water-Saving Tips For Your Yard

Get Rid of Your Lawn with Soil Solarization

How to Kill Your Lawn in 2 Easy Steps

Droopy Plants on a Hot Day. Water...or Not?

 

Trees and Shrubs

How To Stake a New Tree

Holy Jumping Oak Galls, Batman!

 

 Fall & Winter:

Pruning Tool Primer

Rain Draining Strategies to Save Your Home and Garden

Winter Storms and Tree Troubles

What to Do AFTER a Hard Freeze

What to Do When a Hard Freeze is Forecast

New Year's Resolutions for Gardeners

Persimmons: THE Edible Ornamental of Fall

Innovative Peach Leaf Curl Controls

Frost, Freezes Ahead. Get Your Yard Ready

After a Freeze, What Should a Gardener Do?

Fall-Winter Houseplant Care Tips

Drain the Rain Away from the House & Garden

Get Your Garden Storm-Ready

What to Do in Your Yard AFTER the Storm

Tips for the Fall-Winter Vegetable Garden

Add Color for the Cold, Gray Days of Winter

 Winter Storms and Trees: Inspect Them Now!

How to Grow Oak Trees from Acorns

What NOT to do in the Garden in Fall

Dead Foliage Now? Leaf it Alone!

Problem Plants

Have Horses? Avoid These Plants!

Safe Plants for You, But They're Poison to Your Pets

Mistletoe Control Tips

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Garden Data (through Sept. 14, 2019)

Avg. evapotranspiration rate this past week : Valley: 1.3" ; Foothills: 1.4-1.5"

Soil Temperature: Valley: 69-71 (F). Low foothills: 77 (F). Upper foothills: 66 (F)

Click Here for more Information about soil temperature and evapotranspiration rates

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Chilling hours/portions (hours at 32-45 degrees-F, necessary for deciduous fruit tree production, Nov.-Feb.)

What is a "Chill Hour", what is a "Chill Portion"?

Chill Portion Requirements for selected fruit and nut varieties

Nov. 1, 2018-Feb. 28, 2019 (FINAL):

Chill Hours: 752-810 valley; 1218-1253 foothills. Chill Portions: 70-76 valley; 81-84 foothills.

Nov. 1, 2017 - Feb. 28, 2018:

Chill Hours: 762-905 valley; 618-1115 foothills. Chill Portions: 67-75 valley; 72-84 foothills.

Nov. 1, 2016 - Feb. 28, 2017:

Chill Hours: 796-933 valley; 900-1350 foothills. Chill Portions: 65-75 valley; 74-93 foothills.

Nov. 1, 2015-Feb. 29, 2016:

Valley: Chill Hours: 714-896 . Chill Portions: 68-74. Foothills: Chill Hours: 744-1360. Chill Portions: 73-85

Nov. 1, 2014-Feb. 28, 2015:

Valley: 444-805 chill hours; 61-69 chill portions. Foothills: 380-1095 chill hours; 65-85 chill portions

Nov. 1, 2013 - Feb. 28, 2014:

Valley (Sac., SJ, Yolo, Sutter, Solano Cos.): 868-1230 hours Foothills (Amador, El Dorado, Placer Cos.): 567-1129 hours 

2012-2013 Chill Season Totals:

VALLEY: 1028-1325 hours; FOOTHILLS: 877-1863 hours

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Wondering when is the right time to plant?

The online Farmer Fred Interactive Vegetable Planting Calendar for Northern California is for you! Click on each vegetable for specific planting information.

Also, download the printable planting calendar.

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Looking for lists and pictures of plants that don't require much water? Go to:

Water-Wise Gardening Websites

This is a project undertaken in conjunction with the municipalities and water districts in many California locales. The website has a wealth of local residential photography and plant information to help homeowners improve their garden in a water efficient way.

Sacramento, El Dorado and Placer residents: click on the link - Be Water Smart .

 
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Find a Green Gardener-certified landscaper near you: http://www.ecolandscape.org/programGG/GreenGardenerRefList.html
 
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 UPCOMING EVENTS
Sept. 9-Oct. 18, 2019
WHAT: Become a Master Gardener - 2020 Volunteer Training
  UC Cooperative Extension, (916) 876-5338, sacmg.ucanr.edu, facebook.com/sacmg
 
Do you enjoy gardening?  Become a Master Gardener.  Fine tune your existing knowledge and add new knowledge with our intensive study course led by University Advisors and horticultural experts.  Trainees study a wide range of home horticulture topics, with online and in-class coursework and training on how to properly research and respond to questions from the public.  The mission of Master Gardeners is to share research-based knowledge and information on home horticulture, pest management and sustainable landscaping practices with the Sacramento community. 
 
University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners in Sacramento County
• Be trained to educate the public on environmentally sound, research-based gardening practices.
• Volunteer at Master Gardener community events conducting workshops, diagnosing plant problems, speaking to community groups and dispensing advice over the phone, and in writing.  Most volunteer activities take place on weekends from spring to early fall.
• Volunteer with fellow gardeners who share your love of all things horticultural. 
• Enjoy opportunities to continue learning.
• Master Gardeners focus on education, volunteerism and fun. •  Application & Training
• Applicants are required to be residents of Sacramento County.  (Residents of other counties should contact their county's Master Gardener program.)
• Applications will be accepted starting Monday, September 9.  Deadline is Friday, October 18, 2019.  Applications and complete training details are available on our website at http://sacmg.ucanr.edu/Master_Gardener_Training/.  Applications also available by mailing a self-addressed, stamped business-size envelope to: Master Gardener Training
          UC Cooperative Extension  4145 Branch Center Road  Sacramento, CA  95827-3823
•Training is each Wednesday, January 15 through May 13, 2020.
 
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Fridays-Saturdays - Sherwood Demonstration Garden Open Days
Sixteen gardens are open for public viewing Fridays and Saturdays. See everything from flowers to fruit, veggies to annuals. E.D. Master Gardeners are available to answer questions. Open garden days in September: 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 27th, and 28th.
9:00 am to Noon, $2 parking (look for kiosks) - Sherwood Demonstration Garden, 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville
 
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Sat.-Sun, Sept 14-15 (1-4 Sat., 11-3 Sun)
Delta Gesneriad & African Violet Society Show and Sale
Hundred of unique African Violets and gesneriads will be for sale.
Free Admission. Free Advice!
Shepherd Garden & Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd. Sacramento
 
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When:  Sunday, Sept. 15,  2019 from 1-4:00 pm.
This is the only fundraiser event for Yolo County Master Gardeners and there will be great gardening tools and crafts at excellent prices.
GARDEN THEME TAG SALE -
Yolo County Master Gardeners.
WHERE:  70 Cottonwood Street, Woodland
WHAT:  Sale of gently used gardens tools and items, plants, bulbs, garden art, books, crafts, jewelry and more.
MORE EVENTS:  at this sale there will be 2 workshops. Learn about gardening tools at 1:15 pm. Get great tips on succulents at 2:15 pm.
Please note- cash or checks only.
 
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WHEN: Sunday, September 15, 2019, 4:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
WHAT: Free Ask the Master Gardeners Information Table at North Laguna Creek Park Day
WHERE: 6400 Jacinto Avenue, Elk Grove, CA  95758
For More Information:
UC Cooperative Extension, (916) 875-6913 or go to sacmg.ucanr.edu or facebook.com/sacmg
https://www.cityofsacramento.org North Laguna Creek Park Day
 
Finding unique challenges in your garden?  Bring samples of your problem plants, mystery pests and questions to the "Ask the Master Gardeners" information table at the North Laguna Creek Park Day.  Snap a pic with your phone or bring a bug in a jar and let the Master Gardeners tell you what it is and how to get rid of it without using toxic chemicals.  Get one-on-one advice based on the most recent research-based sustainable practices from Master Gardeners who have decades of gardening experience.  For all your gardening questions, including pests and diseases, growing fruits, vegetables and herbs, ornamentals and trees, composting and water efficient landscaping, UCCE Master Gardeners have the answers.
 
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Thursday September 19, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
WHAT: Free Ask the Master Gardeners Information Table at Florin Certified Farmers' Market
WHERE: 5901 Florin Road, Sacramento 95823
For More Information:
UC Cooperative Extension, (916) 875-6913 or go to sacmg.ucanr.edu or facebook.com/sacmg
Bring samples of your problem plants, mystery pests and questions to the "Ask the Master Gardeners" information table at the Florin Certified Farmers' Market in Sacramento.  Snap a pic with your phone or bring a bug in a jar and let the Master Gardeners tell you what it is and how to manage it without using chemicals.   Get one-on-one advice based on the most recent research-based sustainable practices from Master Gardeners who have decades of gardening experience.  For all your gardening questions, including growing fruits vegetables and herbs, ornamentals and trees, composting and water efficient landscaping, UCCE Master Gardeners have the answers.
 
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Saturday, September 21st 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Fall Native Plant Sale and Art Market presented by the Sac Valley Chapter of the CA Native Plant Society.
Shepherd Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd. Sacramento
Plants From Elderberry Farms, Cornflower Farms, Hedgerow Farms. Many to choose from, including these 12 species in liners for only $2.50 each:
Whiteleaf Manzanita plus Arctostaphylos Dr. Hurd, John Dourley, Pacific Mist, Emerald Carpet, Howard McMinn, Carmel Sur.
Showy and Narrowleaf Milkweed
Ceanothus cuneatus plus Anchor Bay, Owlswood Blue, Yankee Point, Valley Violet, Skylark
Buckwheats - Red, California, St.Catherine's Lace
Elderberry Farms alone will be bringing over 110 native plants including 10 bulb species!
 
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Saturday September 21 at 10am
Watering in Mediterranean Climates
Big Oak Nursery 10071 Grant Line Road in Elk Grove, just east of highway 99.
Big Oak's very own landscaper Roxanne Evans will talk about watering and establishing new plants in our climate.
Free.
More info at bigoaknursery.com
 
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Saturday, September 21, 10 am - 2 pm
Wonderful World of Apples
San Joaquin Master Food Preservers
$25.00 
Fall weather brings the best fresh apples in bushels. In this class we will learn how to make apple pie filling and spiced apple rings. Whether you are buying apples by visiting the nearby orchard, the grocery store or market, or even picking apples from your own backyard this hands-on class will send you home with 2 tasty ways of preserving apples this season!
Classes are held at the Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center, 2101 E. Earhart Ave., Stockton, CA 95206 in the Calaveras Room. If you need assistance or accommodations, please contact the UCCE Master Food Preservers of San Joaquin County at 209-953-6100.
 
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Sat. 9/21  Work Less, Enjoy More: Gardening with our Beautiful Native Plants
Do you love wildlife, pollinators, and birds and would like to enjoy their activities in your landscape? Are you ready to lower your water bill, and spend less on fertilizers and pesticides as well? E.D. Master Gardener Alice Cantelow will teach you how to choose and add colorful, easy care native plants to your garden.
9am-noon El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, El Dorado Hills
 
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 WHEN: Sunday, September 22, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WHAT: Free Ask the Master Gardeners Information Table at the 4th Annual District 8 Latino Festival
WHERE: Nielsen Park, 7596 Center Parkway, Elk Grove, CA  95758
For More Information:
UC Cooperative Extension, (916) 875-6913 or go to sacmg.ucanr.edu or facebook.com/sacmg
https://www.cityofsacramento.org  4th Annual District 8 Latino Festival
 Finding unique challenges in your garden?  Bring samples of your problem plants, mystery pests and questions to the "Ask the Master Gardeners" information table at the 4th Annual District 8 Latino Festival.  Snap a pic with your phone or bring a bug in a jar and let the Master Gardeners tell you what it is and how to get rid of it without using toxic chemicals.  Get one-on-one advice based on the most recent research-based sustainable practices from Master Gardeners who have decades of gardening experience.  For all your gardening questions, including pests and diseases, growing fruits, vegetables and herbs, ornamentals and trees, composting and water efficient landscaping, UCCE Master Gardeners have the answers.
 
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Sat. 9/28 Successful Gardening with Native Plants
Do you love wildlife, pollinators, and birds and would like to enjoy their activities in your landscape? Are you ready to lower your water bill, and spend less on fertilizers and pesticides as well? Master Gardener Alice Cantelow will teach you how to choose and add colorful, easy care native plants to your garden.
9am-Noon, $2 parking Sherwood Demonstration Garden, 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville
 
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Sat. 9/28 Open Garden
Come and take a look at what is happening in the garden. Calaveras Master Gardeners will explain various ongoing projects.
10:00 am to 1:00 pm.
10:00 am to Noon: Plant Sale
Location: Demonstration Garden, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas.
 
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WHEN: Friday, October 4, 2019, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
WHAT: UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County presents "Composting with Worms"
WHERE: ACC Senior Services, 7334 Park City Drive, Sacramento, CA  95831
COST: Free
 For More Information:
UC Cooperative Extension, (916) 875-6913, sacmg.ucanr.edu, facebook.com/sacmg
Learn all about worm composting from the UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County's "Worm Wranglers."  The Wranglers will talk about bin set-up, what to feed your worms and harvesting techniques.  You'll be able to view a working bin and get a look at the Black Gold produced by the worms.
 
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Saturday, October 5th, 1030 am
The UCCE Tuolumne County Master Gardeners will host a presentation by Bill the Bulb Baron (William R.P. Welch) at their Open Garden Day  at the Demonstration Garden, 251 S. Barretta Street, Sonora. Bill is a leading commercial grower, hybridizer, and authority on drought-resistant, animal-proof (deer/gopher/squirrel), easy to grow bulbs.  The public is invited to attend  with a variety of Bill's bulbs available for purchase after the presentation. For additional details contact the UC Cooperative Extension office at (209) 533-5695 .
 
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WHEN:  Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 9:00 a.m. &endash; noon
WHAT:  Free Open Garden at the Horticulture Center
WHERE:  Horticulture Center, 11549 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks, CA  95628
For More Information:  UC Cooperative Extension, (916) 875-6913 or go to sacmg.ucanr.edu or facebook.com/sacmg
Open Garden days are informal events with Master Gardeners available in all areas of the garden.  It is a great opportunity to peruse the garden at your own pace and ask lots of questions.  The Master Gardeners 2020 Gardening Guide and Calendar will be available for $10, including sales tax. 
 Starting at 10:00 a.m. at the Vineyard Project Area, UCCE Master Gardeners will hold a mini-demonstration on Putting the Vineyard to Bed for the Winter.
 On-going demonstrations at the various project areas:
Selecting Bulbs for Dramatic Garden Displays at the Water Efficient Landscape Garden.
Removing Spent Annuals, Pruning Perennials and More at the Herb Project Area.
Fertilizing and Controlling Soil pH with Sulfur at the Berry Project Area.
Winter Protection for Edible Tropicals and Citrus at the Orchard Project Area.
Using Cover Crops to Replenish the Soil at the Vegetable Project Area.
Turning, Sifting, and Building the Pile for Good, Healthy Compost at the Compost Project Area.
 Located outside &endash; rain or shine
 
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Thurs. October 17, 2019
Calaveras/Tuolumne Master Gardeners to Conduct New Volunteer Training
Orientation Scheduled for Thurs. October 17, 2019
 
The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) invites adults interested in helping others learn about gardening to attend an orientation program about the Master Gardener program. UCCE Master Gardener volunteers learn University-based scientific information and then share that knowledge with the gardening community. Master Gardener volunteers are people of all ages and from all walks of  life with a common desire to help others learn about gardening.
Master Gardener membership is open to anyone in Calaveras and Tuolumne counties. A background check including fingerprinting is required to become a Master Gardener.
 
An Orientation has been scheduled for Thursday, October 17th, starting at 3:30 pm at the Tuolumne County Senior Center located on 540 Greenley Road, Sonora, CA.  Anyone interested in becoming a Master Gardener should attend the Orientation to learn about the Master Gardener Program and the volunteer requirements. 
 
The training classes for new volunteer candidates begin Thursday, January 23, 2020 and continue weekly through April 30th, from 3:00 pm to 7:30 pm each Thursday. Classes will be held in Sonora. These classes will include over 50 hours of intensive training by University of California personnel and horticulture specialists in various fields.  Topics include water management, soils, composting, native plants, fruit production , plant diseases, entomology, Integrated Pest Management, understanding pesticides, and more.
A fee of $195 will be charged to cover the cost of all class materials, which includes several reference texts.  After successfully completing the training program, certified Master Gardener volunteers agree to fulfill annual volunteer service and continuing education requirements.
For more information, contact the UC Calaveras Cooperative Extension office by phone or email.  Phone number is (209) 533-5695 and the email address is dlpowell@ucanr.edu. 
 
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Saturday, October 19, 10 am - 4 pm
Gifts From the Holiday Kitchen
San Joaquin Master Food Preservers
$50.00 Click here to register
When it comes to gifts, nothing beats homemade. This is our annual holiday gift workshop. We moved it to October so you will have more time to make your own batches before the gift giving season starts. Each participant will make and take four different recipes: Lemon Curd, Cranberry Rum Sauce, Marinated Peppers and new this year, Mozzarella Cheese. We will also have some materials for decorating the containers as well as examples of gift baskets created with your homemade items and store bought items. Get an early start on some homemade preserved foods for family and friends.
This event is limited to 40 attendees and is $50.00 for the day. Register today to reserve your seat! 
Classes are held at the Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center, 2101 E. Earhart Ave., Stockton, CA 95206 in the Calaveras Room. If you need assistance or accommodations, please contact the UCCE Master Food Preservers of San Joaquin County at 209-953-6100.
 
 
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