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August Garden Chores

September Garden Chores

Interactive Vegetable Planting Calendar

Tomato Gardening Basics

Choosing and Planting Bare Root Fruit Trees

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

 

The Drought and Your Garden

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

 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
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
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

 

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

.Aug. 13: Steve Zien - Living Resources Co.: Organic gardening ideas for late summer.
 
Aug. 20: Warren Roberts - UCD Arboretum:"Showy plants of Late August"; Sarah Griffin-Boubacar - Peaceful Valley Farm Supply: "All About Cover Crops"; Marta McDowell - "All the Presidents' Gardens"
 
A Clue for the Garden Grappler
 

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

Vegetables:

Planting Your First Vegetable Garden? Some Tips

Terrific Tomato Tips

Some Vegetables Require Less Water Than Others

Interactive Vegetable Planting Calendar

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:

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

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:

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 (thru Aug. 17, 2017)

Avg. evapotranspiration rate this past week : 1.6" valley; 1.5-1.8" foothills.

Soil Temperature: 75-84 (F) valley. 73 (F) low foothills. 67 (F) upper foothills.

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.)

Nov. 1, 2016 - Feb. 28, 2017: Chill Hours: 796-933 valley; 900-1350 foothills. Chill Portions: 65-75 valley; 74-93 foothills.

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

Chill Portion Requirements for selected fruit and nut varieties

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

Saturday, August 19th

Class time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Tasty Tomatoes with the San Joaquin Master Food Preservers

Cost: $20
Master Gardener Office - 2101 E. Earhart Ave. Stockton 95206
You will learn how to preserve fresh tomatoes, and a flavorful salsa, in a boiling water bath canner!
 
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Sat. 8/19
Variety is the Spice of Life: Peppers & Spices
Instructor: Linda Stevens
Learn how to dry, roast, freeze and smoke different types of peppers. We will offer some suggested uses for different types of peppers as well as peppers based spices you can make.  Learn the difference between herbs and spices, when to pick them, and how to dehydrate and freeze them. We will also teach you how to store your peppers, herbs and spices. We will finish up the day with some spice recipes. 
9:00 am - 12 noon Bethel-Delfino Ag Building 311 Fair Lane, Placerville
El Dorado Co Master Food Preservers: 530-621-5506 
 
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Sunday, August 20th from 2:00-4:00 pm
QUESTION AND ANSWER FORUM
WHERE:   Davis Mary L. Stephens Library at 315 E. 14th Street, Davis
WHAT:      Open forum on gardening questions and answers with UCCE YOLO COUNTY Master Gardeners.
DETAILS:  This session will include 2 mini sessions starting with "Joy of Growing Irises" at 2:15 pm, and "Planning your fall and winter veggie garden" at 3:15 pm.
For more information contact 530-666-8737 or mgyolo@ucanr.edu
 
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Tuesday, August 22nd - 10:30-12:00
Buzz About Bees   
  Master Gardener Office - 2101 E. Earhart Ave. Stockton 95206
Fall is a great time to think about planting pollinator and bee friendly plants. We will cover bee basics and things to consider when planning your bee friendly garden. Space is limited, reserve your seat today! 
Presented by the San Joaquin County Master Gardeners
 
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Saturday, August 26th from 10:00-11:30 am
GROWING FALL & WINTER VEGETABLES IN YOLO COUNTY
WHERE:  Farm 2.6 located at 25450 County Road 95 in rural West Davis
WHAT:     UCCE Master Gardeners Merle Clarke, Mike Kluk and Robyn Waxman will discuss fall and winter vegetable garden planting and how to overcome obstacles.
DETAILS:  A demonstration will show how to start seedlings, and participants can go home with a 6-pack of cool-weather veggies they sowed themselves during this fun event.For more information contact 530-666-8737 or mgyolo@ucanr.
 
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Saturday, September 2nd 11am to 5pm
Sunday, September 3rd 11am to 3pm
Camellia Koi Club's 2017 Koi Show "A Taste of Excellence"
An educational and fun event featuring Pond Builders, Fountains, Landscape and Other Vendors, Artists and beautiful Koi to purchase or just to admire.  Qualified judges are on hand to explain how Koi are judged.
Hosted by the Camellia Koi Club 
The Old Sugar Mill (an old beet sugar refinery converted to wineries)
35265 Willow Avenue
Clarksburg, CA. 95612
Free Admission &endash; Free Parking
www.camelliakoi.org
 
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September 5 through October 17, 2017
WHAT: 2018 Master Gardener Training
For More Information:
UC Cooperative Extension, (916) 876-5338, sacmg.ucanr.edu, facebook.com/sacmg
Are tomatoes a fruit or a vegetable?  What is evapotranspiration?  These answers plus much more are provided by provocative speakers during the UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County training program.
 Applicants are required to be Sacramento County residents and contribute fifty hours of community volunteer work within the first year after graduation at activities such as: conducting workshops, diagnosing plant problems, speaking to community groups and dispensing advice over the phone, and in writing.  The focus is education and FUN!
 WHEN:
Applications for the 2018 training program accepted September 5 through October 17, 2017.
 WHERE:
Complete training details and applications available at:    ucanr.edu/sacmg
Applications also available by mailing a self-addressed, stamped (70¢) business-size envelope to:
                   Master Gardener Training
                   Cooperative Extension
                   4145 Branch Center Road
                   Sacramento, CA  95827-3823
 
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WHEN: Saturday, September 9, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
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, sacmg.ucanr.edu, facebook.com/sacmg
Learn to select water-efficient landscape plants.
At 10 a.m., watch mini-demonstrations on:
Vegetable: cool season vegetables
Fruit Trees: end of season orchard tasks and irrigation
Pruning cane berries
Propagating herbs
 
Purchase the 2018 Gardening Guide & Calendar and pre-order Dutch bulbs including Tulipa 'Peppermint Stick' and Gladiolus Jacob's Ladder.
 
Bring your garden problem questions to the 'Ask the Master Gardeners' table.
 
Located outside&endash;rain or shine
 
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WHEN: Saturday, September 9, 9:00 a.m.&endash;12:00 p.m.
WHAT: Ask the Master Gardeners Plant Clinic
WHERE: Elk Grove Community Garden, 10025 Hampton Oak Drive, Elk Grove 95624
For More Information:
UC Cooperative Extension, (916) 875-6913, sacmg.ucanr.edu, facebook.com/sacmg
UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County have the answers to your unique garden challenges.  We help find sustainable solutions to your gardening questions.
 Bring samples of your problem plants or insects to 'Ask the Master Gardeners' Plant Clinic at the Elk Grove Community Garden Open House.
 
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WHEN: Saturday, September 9, 10 am to 4 pm
WHAT: Master Gardeners at Soroptimist International of Sacramento's Edible Gardens Tour
WHERE: Edible Gardens Tours at various locations in East Sacramento
COST: Information at: http://www.soroptimistsacramento.com
For More Information:
UC Cooperative Extension, (916) 875-6913, sacmg.ucanr.edu, facebook.com/sacmg
To enrich your edible garden tour experience, Master Gardeners will be available at each of the six gardens during this popular garden tour.
 
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Sat., 9/16
Fish & Wild Game
Instructors: Gene Kendall, Betty Hess-Pierce, Gloria Fitzpatrick
 
Learn to preserve your own fish and wild game safely at home. The meat is leaner, has less sodium. Learn food safety techniques for handling meat, the different sausage casings and how to use them, and how to use cures for your own fish and meats. Safe jerky making techniques will also be discussed. There will be live demonstrations and plenty of opportunities to ask your questions. 
9:00 am - 12 noon Bethel-Delfino Ag Building 311 Fair Lane, Placerville
El Dorado Co Master Food Preservers: 530-621-5506 
 
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WHEN: Saturday, September 16, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
WHAT: Free Basic Composting Workshop
WHERE: Orangevale Library, 8820 Greenback Lane Suite L, Orangevale 95662
For More Information:
UC Cooperative Extension, (916) 875-6913, sacmg.ucanr.edu, facebook.com/sacmg
The UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County will teach how to turn yard waste into "gardener's gold".  A class on the basics of composting will include setting up a compost bin, types of compost bins and tips for success.
 
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WHEN: Saturday, September 30, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
WHAT: Free Basic Composting Workshop
WHERE: South Natomas Library, 2901 Truxel Road, Sacramento 95833
For More Information:
UC Cooperative Extension, (916) 875-6913, sacmg.ucanr.edu, facebook.com/sacmg
The UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County will teach how to turn yard waste into "gardener's gold".  A class on the basics of composting will include setting up a compost bin, types of compost bins and tips for success.
 
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WHEN: Saturday, October 7, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
WHAT: Free Basic Composting Workshop
WHERE: Belle Cooledge Library, 5600 South Land Park Drive, Sacramento 95822
For More Information:
UC Cooperative Extension, (916) 875-6913, sacmg.ucanr.edu, facebook.com/sacmg
The UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County will teach how to turn yard waste into "gardener's gold".  A class on the basics of composting will include setting up a compost bin, types of compost bins and tips for success.
 
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WHEN: Saturday, October 7, 2017 and Sunday, October 8, 2017, 9 am to 4 pm
WHAT: Master Gardeners at Shepard Garden & Arts Center Fall Plant Sale
WHERE: Shepard Garden & Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Boulevard, Sacramento 95816
For More Information:
UC Cooperative Extension, (916) 875-6913, sacmg.ucanr.edu, facebook.com/sacmg
The 2018 Gardening Guide & Calendar will be available for purchase.  Only $10 including tax.
Fill your spring garden with bright bulbs.  Support the UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County by purchasing bulbs at the Shepard Garden & Arts Center's Fall Plant Sale.  Nine varieties of bulbs will be available including Hyacinth 'Miss Saigon', Species Tulip: Peppermint Stick' and Scilla peruviana.  Prices vary.  Quantities limited.
 
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WHEN: Wednesday, October 11, 9:00 a.m.&endash;12:00 p.m.
WHAT: Mid-week 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, sacmg.ucanr.edu, facebook.com/sacmg
Learn to select water-efficient landscape plants.
At 10 a.m., watch mini-demonstrations on:
Vegetable: growing cool season vegetables
Fruit Trees: citrus frost protection
Harvesting and preparing herbs for winter
 Purchase the 2018 Gardening Guide & Calendar and pre-order Dutch bulbs including Tulipa 'Peppermint Stick' and Gladiolus Jacob's Ladder.
 Bring your garden problem questions to the 'Ask the Master Gardeners' table.
 Located outside&endash;rain or shine
 
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WHEN: Saturday, October 14, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
WHAT: Free Basic Composting Workshop
WHERE: North Highlands-Antelope Library, 4235 Antelope Road, Antelope 95843
For More Information:
UC Cooperative Extension, (916) 875-6913, sacmg.ucanr.edu, facebook.com/sacmg
The UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County will teach how to turn yard waste into "gardener's gold".  A class on the basics of composting will include setting up a compost bin, types of compost bins and tips for success.
 
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