is the host of the "KFBK Garden
Sacramento, California each Sunday
from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Pacfic Time, followed by
"Get Growing" on
650 KSTE in
Sacramento, 10 a.m. to Noon. At noon, it's
KSTE Farm Hour.
can listen to all the shows, live, via
as podcasts, too!
editions of "The
news about California agriculture, it's the
Podcast links for Itunes podcast users:
Sacramento and Northern San Joaquin County
gardeners can also
current gardening information from Fred in his
Saturday gardening column
Lodi News-Sentinel.; also available at the
Fred Rant! Blog
ON THE "KFBK GARDEN SHOW" &
Feb. 18: Cherie Sintes
Glover , Urban
Chicken Consultant :
"Caring for Your Poultry Flock in the Winter"; Low
water-use turf substitutes; three plants to turn
your garden into a pollinator/beneficial airport.
Freezing weather and your garden.
Feb. 25: Horticultural
Consultant Debbie Flower : "Get Ready for
Mar. 4: Sacramento
Bee Garden Writer
Debbie Arrington: "Get Your Roses Ready for
Spring"; Warren Roberts, Superintendent
Emeritus - UC
:"Showy Plants for March"
Clue for the Garden
Fred Rant Blog Page
These Garden Tips and More:
Your First Vegetable Garden? Some
Vegetables Require Less Water Than
Vegetable Planting Calendar
Those Green Tomatoes Turn Red This
You Plant, Check the Soil
Your Own Planting Mix
Tomatoes, Peppers From Seed
Tips on Starting Tomatoes from
Seeds Slow to Germinate? Some
Vegetables Are Better For You
Rotation Plan for the Home
Rotation for the Garden, Pt. 2
Hazards of Overfeeding Your
to Grow Giant Pumpkins
Your Own Popcorn
Trees for Sacramento? A Guide
Are My Oranges Splitting?
Protection Ideas for Citrus
and Planting Bare Root Fruit
Under a Citrus Tree: Pros and
Fruit Tree Shopping? Buyer
Fruits By Look and Feel, Not the
Your Fruit Tree Rootstocks
Blueberries in Container
of a Professional Fruit Tasting
Are the Blackberries Turning
Season is Ant Season
Green Fruit Beetles Are Back
Cure for the Cherry Maggot?
Snails and Slugs
Leaf Curl: It's Back!
Peach Leaf Curl
Sooty Mold & Scale on Citrus
Fungus Gnats on Houseplants
Flies vs. Mosquitoes
Spot Problem? Here's What to Do
Proofing Your Garden
Fun Facts! Control Tips, Too
Read the Label!
To Find Garden Answers Online
Shoes...or Gardening Shoes?
for a Healthy Heart and Thwarting Type 2
The Garden Good
that Attract Beneficial Insects
on the Bees!
to Attract Pollinating Insects
Blog is for the Birds
Good Bug Hotel
Killing the Bees? A New Study Offers
For Dry Shade
the Yard Ready for a Rain and Wind
Tips for Drip Irrigation
Tour of Maple Rock Gardens
Cure for Non-Performing
is coming. Start Planning to Save Water
Wilting in the Heat? Check Before You
Tips For Your Yard
Rid of Your Lawn with Soil
to Kill Your Lawn in 2 Easy
Plants on a Hot Day. Water...or
To Stake a New Tree
Jumping Oak Galls, Batman!
Draining Strategies to Save Your Home and
Storms and Tree Troubles
to Do AFTER a Hard Freeze
to Do When a Hard Freeze is
Year's Resolutions for Gardeners
THE Edible Ornamental of Fall
Peach Leaf Curl Controls
Freezes Ahead. Get Your Yard
a Freeze, What Should a Gardener
Houseplant Care Tips
the Rain Away from the House &
Your Garden Storm-Ready
to Do in Your Yard AFTER the
for the Fall-Winter Vegetable
Color for the Cold, Gray Days of
Storms and Trees: Inspect Them
to Grow Oak Trees from Acorns
NOT to do in the Garden in Fall
Foliage Now? Leaf it Alone!
Horses? Avoid These Plants!
Plants for You, But They're Poison to Your
Garden Data (through Feb. 17,
Avg. evapotranspiration rate this
past week : .63-.84" valley; .64-.69"
Soil Temperature: 50-51 (F)
valley. 48 (F) low foothills. 54 (F) upper
for more Information about soil temperature and
hours/portions (hours at
32-45 degrees-F, necessary for deciduous fruit tree
Nov. 1, 2017 - Feb. 17, 2018:
Chill Hours: 642-779 valley; 473-968 foothills. Chill
Portions: 57-62 valley; 62-75 foothills.
is a "Chill Hour", what is a "Chill
Portion Requirements for selected fruit and nut
Nov. 1, 2016 - Feb. 28, 2017:
Chill Hours: 796-933 valley; 900-1350
foothills. Chill Portions: 65-75 valley; 74-93
Nov. 1, 2015-Feb. 29, 2016:
Valley: Chill Hours: 714-896 . Chill
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,
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
Wondering when is the right time to
The online Farmer
Fred Interactive Vegetable Planting
Calendar for Northern
California is for you! Click on each vegetable for specific
download the printable
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
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
17, 2018 9:00 am - 12 noon
Make and Take
Sauerkraut is a
naturally fermented cabbage. Natural fermentation is one of
the oldest means of food preservation and reduces the risk
of foodborne illness and food spoilage. In this Make and
Take Workshop, you will begin your own cabbage
9:00 am -12 noon at the Bethell-Delfino Agricultural
Building located at 311 Fair Lane, Placerville,
February 17, 2018, 9:00 a.m.- 12:00
WHAT: Free Open Garden
at the Horticulture Center
Center, 11549 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks, CA
Extension, (916) 875-6913 or go to sacmg.ucanr.edu or
At 10 a.m., watch
Planning for late
winter and early spring vegetables and
How to prune fruit
trees, grapes, ornamental grasses and
Berry propagation and
fruit tree grafting.
Bring your garden
problem questions to the Ask the Master Gardeners
Master Gardener 2018 Gardening Guide and Calendars will be
available for $10, including sales tax.
outside&endash;rain or shine.
QUESTION & ANSWER
SUNDAY, February 18th, from 2-4:00 pm
UC Master Gardeners of Yolo County will present an
open forum, with 2 presentations.
WHERE: Mary L.
Stephens Davis Library at 315 E. 14th St., Children's Area
First presentation at 2:15 pm is, "What are
Dormant Sprays and What Plants Need Spraying". Second
presentation at 3:15 pm is, "Pruning and Dividing
22 7:00 PM
Forest Presentation by John Kipping, former Director
of Education at Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park,
resident biologist for Audubon Canyon Ranch, and instructor
with UC Extensions at Berkeley, Davis, and Santa Cruz.
The public is welcome.
Shepard Garden and
3330 McKinley Blvd,
STARTING VEGGIE AND
FLOWERS FROM SEED
FRIDAY, February 23rd, from Noon - 2:00 pm
MASTER GARDENERS OF YOLO COUNTY will present a free
WHERE The Arthur
C. Turner Library at 1212 Merkely Ave., West
Learn how to start veggies and summer flowers by
seed. You can plant tomato and zinnia seeds at the
workshop to take home. A question and answer period
will conclude the event.
Friday February 23,
Robb Garden @
Hands-on Fruit Tree
Learn the proper
timing & techniques to prune fruit trees for the
best fruit production - bring gloves &
Free. Sponsored by the
San Joaquin County Master Gardeners.
24, 10:30 am -12:00 pm
Vermicomposting (composting with
209-953-6100 to reserve your seat.
Free. Sponsored by the
San Joaquin County Master Gardeners.
SUNDAY, February 25th from 2:00 - 4:00
Master Gardeners of Yolo County will present their monthly
program on bringing gardening to the
WHERE: Mary L.
Stephens Davis Library at 315 E. 14th Street, Children's
Area Conference Room.
DETAILS: The topics
will include the following: feeding citrus trees,
starting seeds inside to plant in spring, adding compost to
27, 10:00 am - Noon
UC Master Gardener
office 2101 E Earhart Stockton
All About Tomatoes -
From planting to common pest we will cover it
209-953-6100 to reserve your seat.
Free. Sponsored by the
San Joaquin County Master Gardeners
Saturday, March 3, 2018, 10:00 am-12:00
WHAT: UCCE Master
Gardeners of Sacramento County presents "Worm
WHERE: UC Cooperative
Extension Office, 4145 Branch Center Road, Sacramento
COST: $25 includes
worm bin, worms and educational materials.
pre-registration is required.
Extension, (916) 875-6913, sacmg.ucanr.edu,
The UCCE Master
Gardeners of Sacramento County will teach how this neat,
easy and odorless method of composting is ideal for indoor
or outdoor locations. Learn about worm composting bin
selection, how to meet the red wigglers' bedding and food
needs and how to harvest castings. Discover the
benefits of being a Worm Wrangler and take home a worm bin
8:30 am - 4:30
2018 Smart Gardening
Robert J. Cabral
2101 E. Earhart Ave.
Registration is now
open for the 2018 Smart Gardening Conference on Saturday,
March 3, 2018. There will be 16 classes to choose from and
the cost is only $25.00, which includes lunch! Spaces are
limited in each class, so make sure you register early to
get the classes you want.
Our keynote speaker is
Ernesto Sandoval, Director, UC Davis Botanical Conservatory.
He will be speaking about Big and Small, Public and Private
Low Water Use Garden Projects. We will have UC gardening
publications for sale at a discounted price, cash or check
only. Master Gardeners will have various displays set up for
your learning enjoyment and will be available to answer your
gardening questions. Light morning refreshments will be
provided. This is a great way to support your local Master
209-953-6112. For more information and to register, click on
the link: http://sjmastergardeners.ucanr.edu/2018_Smart_Gardening_Conference/
Speakers and Classes
Speaker - Ernesto Sandoval
Tree Pests & How to Manage Them: If you have fruit trees
then you probably have some of these common fruit tree
pests. Learn how to identify and manage them to help improve
the quality of your harvest.
Herbs are easy to grow and handy to have on hand when you
need a few leaves for grandmas secret sauce recipe. We will
cover the basics of successfully growing herbs, some common
pests you might encounter and how to manage them and
different ways you can use herbs.
Aloes for Northern California: Our keynote speaker, Ernesto
Sandoval, will be staying to teach this class on Aloes that
do well in our area. He has a wealth of information that he
is excited to share!
Preservers (MFP) - Strawberries: Learn about the different
ways to preserve and use strawberries that you grow in your
garden or pick up at a local farmers
Pollinators: You can have a pollinator friendly garden
without recreating your entire landscape. Gardening for
pollinators can be easy to do with the tips that we are
going to share in the session.
Summer Vegetable Gardening: Vine ripe tomatoes and fresh
picked zucchini are just around the corner. We will cover
the basics of vegetable gardening and give you some tips on
having a successful summer vegetable
Care: Taking care of your tools is an important step that is
often overlooked. In this class, we will cover tool
sharpening and other things you need to consider in keeping
your tools sharp and at their best.
Preservers -Tomatoes: Learn about the different ways to
preserve and use tomatoes that you grow in your garden or
pick up at a local farmers market.
Classes in this
session will all include a hands-on
Propagation: In this class, we will cover some easy ways to
propagate plants from your own landscape. You will have an
opportunity to try some of the methods that are discussed in
the Home Garden: We will discuss some easy ways to convert
an existing landscape to a more water efficient one and make
it less intimidating. You will have an opportunity to
assemble and explore a drip system, set an irrigation timer
and see some other types of water efficient irrigation
systems that you can incorporate into your
Succulents: Succulents are easy to grow if you know how. We
will cover some basic succulent care, pest management and
varieties that do well in our area. The hands-on portion
will be announced soon.
Preservers - Anytime Jelly and Jam ($10.00 supply fee due at
class): Join the Master Food Preservers and learn how you
can make jelly and jam in your own kitchen. You will get to
take home 1 jar of jelly and 1 jar of jam. Class size is
limited to 18.
Your Golden Years: Learn how to cut through a branch with
the greatest of ease, take care of those knees, and avoid
the bees. Take a new look at ways to garden that are easy on
the body yet keep the gardens and gardeners looking good. A
class for gardeners of all abilities.
ID and Management: Everyone battles weeds in their landscape
at some point during the year. Learn about weed
identification resources and how to manage weeds in your
Composting: Do you want to reduce the amount of green waste
going to the landfill and create your own gardeners gold in
the mean time? This class will discuss composting basics
than any gardener can do.
Preservers - Herbs: Learn about the different ways to
preserve and use herbs that you grow in your garden or pick
up at a local farmers market.