Garden Data (through July 14, 2018)
Avg. evapotranspiration rate this past week : 1.9" valley; 1.9-2.0" foothills.
Soil Temperature: 73-79 (F) valley. 76(F) low foothills. 67(F) upper foothills.
Chilling hours/portions (hours at 32-45 degrees-F, necessary for deciduous fruit tree production, Nov.-Feb.)
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
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.
Looking for lists and pictures of plants that don't require much water? Go to:
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 .======================================== Find a Green Gardener-certified landscaper near you: http://www.ecolandscape.org/programGG/GreenGardenerRefList.html ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
+++++++++++++++++++++++++Farmer Fred's Ride for the Kids, Saturday October 6 I'm getting ready for a long bike ride...for a great cause. The Sacramento Century Challenge is coming up Saturday, October 6, 2018. This 100-mile, fund-raising bike ride is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sacramento, and they are directing your donations to a very worthwhile, local group: the Sacramento Children's Home and their Crisis Nursery Program (http://www.kidshome.org/what-we-do/crisis-nursery/). Their Crisis Nursery Program helps out the most vulnerable in our population: children in need of a safe haven. And that includes our immigrant population, as well. Todd Koolakian of the Sacramento Children's Home told me recently: 'Our organization is committed to helping the most vulnerable children and families in the Sacramento community, which includes immigrants of all different backgrounds (both documented and undocumented), the homeless, foster youth, and other low income and underserved populations. With that said, we have not been specifically involved with reuniting children separated during the current border crisis. That doesn't mean we couldn't sometime in the future, but our services are mostly provided in Sacramento County." I plan on riding the full 100 miles, despite being: a) 67 years old; b) a diabetic; and c) a member of the Zipper Club (slang for those of us who have had our chests cut open for heart surgery, in my case quadruple arterial bypass surgery). So, here's the deal: please make a donation to this worthy cause. If, for some reason, I am not successful at riding the full 100 miles, I will match your donations to the Sacramento Children's Home and their Crisis Nursery Program. Deal? Donate here: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/farmerfred Hey, maybe I'll see you Saturday, October 6. Want to ride in the Sacramento Century? Details here: http://www.sacramentocentury.com .You don't have to ride the 100 miler. Other ride choices include 63, 36 and 16 miles. Just be sure to say, "On your left!" when you pass me! Follow my training progress on Strava +++++++++++++++++++++++++ UPCOMING GARDEN EVENTS Sat. July 14, 2018 9a-3p Sustainable Organic Gardening Shingle Springs Rancheria (5281 Honpie Rd, Placerville CA 95667). $25 To learn more and to pre-register, please visit our website http://ucanr.edu/sustainable-organic-gardening or call (530)-621-5528. The UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County are holding a new workshop titled Sustainable Organic Gardening, to be held on July 14, 2018, at the Shingle Springs Rancheria (5281 Honpie Rd, Placerville CA 95667). For this fun and dynamic day, Master Gardeners are collaborating with the Master Food Preservers and the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians to offer a menu of seven topics related to sustainable home gardening. These include: traditional native plant uses, soil health, composting, beneficial plants and insects, organic plant care through integrated pest management, seed saving, and food preservation. Farm Advisor Scott Oneto will provide a keynote, then attendees will circulate through three, hour-long sections of their choice. Doors open at 8:30am and the workshop begins promptly at 9:00am, finishing at 3:00pm. A light lunch, handouts, and samples (including surprise food treats and special zucchini preserves) are included in the $25 registration fee. Registration closes on July 10th, so please register early to ensure a seat in your preferred sections. We encourage all ages to attend, from mature high school students through elders. Sustainable Organic Gardening will help you develop a backyard food source that's cost-effective, improves your family's nutrition and food security, and offers a healthy hobby for the whole family. Whether you have a patio container garden or a quarter acre to farm, you can grow an abundance of healthy, delicious food through sustainable organic gardening practices. ========================= Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15, 9a - 3p Annual Rhizome Sale presented by the Sacramento Iris Society Sacramento Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd. The Sacramento Iris Society will be holding a two day sale of recently dug iris rhizomes on Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15, at the Sacramento Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd. Hours are from 9 until 3. Hundreds of varieties will be available. Each specimen will be labeled with the cultivar name and a description of the flower appearance. Again we will have a large selection of rebloomers, which have an extended bloom season. A demonstration table will be set up to show how rhizomes should be planted. A labeling station will allow you to prepare a free permanent garden label for each of your rhizome purchases before you leave. Remember that irises are both deer and drought resistant which makes them ideal additions to your garden. ============================ WHEN: Thursday, July 19, 2018, 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 Finding unique challenges in your garden? Do you want to know what those bugs are in your garden? UCCE Master Gardeners have the answers. Bring samples of your problem plants or insects to the UCCE Master Gardeners Information Table. We will help you find sustainable solutions to your gardening questions ========================== Saturday, August 4, 8a-2p Harvest Day at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center Free Event WHERE: Horticulture Center, 11549 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks, CA 95628 For More Information: UC Cooperative Extension, (916) 875-6913, sacmg.ucanr.edu, facebook.com/sacmg Join the UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County at Sacramento's ultimate gardening event featuring mini-talks on Mason bees, succulents, vineyard pests and worm composting. Celebrated horticultural personalities Fred Hoffman, Karey Windbiel-Rojas and Quentyn Young headline the speakers' tent. Visit with 30+ community organizations, enjoy the expanded vendor area, see demonstration gardens and taste grape varieties. Purchase your 2019 Calendar and visit the neighboring Fair Oaks Community Garden. Best of all, there are UCCE Master Gardeners on site to answer gardening questions. ======================================== Saturday, August 4th The UCCE Tuolumne County Master Gardeners will be holding an Open Garden Day at the Demonstration Garden on Saturday, August 4th, from 10AM &endash; 1PM. The Demonstration Garden is located at 251 S. Barretta Street in Sonora, (Cassina High School Campus.) Open Garden Days are held on the first Saturday of the month, from February through November. This month we will discuss Food Dehydration with the Master Food Preservers. Find answers to your home gardening questions, including plant and pest problems. When the garden is not open, home gardening assistance is offered by UCCE Master Gardeners through the help line at: 209-533-5912. The public may leave a message regarding a problem and a UCCE Master Gardener will return the call, or email your question to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Demonstration Garden is a project of the UCCE Tuolumne County Master Gardeners, whose primary goal is to educate the public about home gardening. Proceeds from plant sales support the UCCE Master Gardeners' education programs and maintenance of the Demonstration Garden. For additional details contact the UC Cooperative Extension office at (209) 533-5695 or visit the UC Cooperative Extension website: http://cecentralsierra.ucanr.edu/
Date Last Modified: 7/14/18
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