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September Garden Chores

Interactive Vegetable Planting Calendar

Plants to Attract Beneficial Insects

Attracting Bees To Your Garden

Tomato Gardening: Tips and Hints

Tomato Gardening Basics

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.
 

Farmer Fred's Ride for the Kids, Saturday October 6. More details below.

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

Sept. 16: Pam Bone, Sacramento County Master Gardener: "Fruit Tree Pruning", "Correct Watering Habits"; "Late Summer Garden Pest Issues". Warren Roberts - UC Davis Arboretum: "Showy Plants of September".

Sept. 23: Debbie Flower - Horticultural Consultant: "How to Install a New Plant"; "Why is there Fall Color?". Christina Lewis - California Native Plant Society Plant Sale.

 

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:

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

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:

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. 22, 2018)

Avg. evapotranspiration rate this past week : 1.2-1.3" valley; 1.2-1.4" foothills.

Soil Temperature: 68-70 (F) valley. 67(F) low foothills. 64(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.)

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

Chill Portion Requirements for selected fruit and nut varieties

 

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

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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
 
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UPCOMING GARDEN EVENTS
 
Saturday & Sunday SEPT 22nd & 23rd 10:00-3:00
FALL NATIVE PLANT SALE and ART MARKET
Presented by the Sacramento Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society
Shepard Garden & Arts Center of McKinley Park 3330 McKinley Blvd, Sacramento 95816
 
 For a great opportunity to buy native perennials, shrubs, and trees to enhance your garden's beauty by creating habitat that feeds and shelters birds, bees, and butterflies. We will have plants available for sale from Elderberry Farms, Cornflower Farms, Soil Born Farms, plus on Saturday only - Hedgerow Farms
 
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WHEN: Sunday, SEPTEMBER 23rd from 2:00-4:00 pm
 YEAR-ROUND KITCHEN GARDENING a monthly free event by Yolo County Master Gardeners
WHAT:  UCCE Master Gardeners of Yolo County present information covering a variety of topics.  The areas of discussion this week will  include information on:  edible flowers and herbs of the fall garden; planting a winter garden from seed; and planting garlic and onions, and cover plants, such as fava beans.
WHERE:      Mary L. Stephens Davis Library, Children's Area Conference Room.  The Davis library is located at 315 E. 14th Street.
 
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September 27, 2018
WATERSMART WORKSHOP: FALL & WINTER LANDSCAPE PRUNING & MAINTENANCE
Citrus Heights Community Center, Citrus Heights
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cost: FREE
Learn tips for fall and winter maintenance that will keep your trees and plant-based landscape healthy and beautiful. Sacramento Tree Foundation will join us for a special presentation on young tree pruning.
rescapeCA.org
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Thursday, September 27    7:00 PM
Sacramento Perennial Plant Club
Pam Bone presents Fertilizing 101: Why, How, and When.  Bone developed the Sacramento Master Gardener program, the first in northern California, after earning her degree in Plant Science at UC Davis.  She was given lifetime Master Gardener status after 16 years with the program and has volunteered over 2,000 hours. In her presentation, Pam will make a case for under, rather than over-fertilizing.  The public is welcome.
Thursday, September 27   7:00 PM
Shepard Garden and Arts Center
3330 McKinley Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95816   
phone:  916-823-5500
http://sacramentoperennialplantclub.org
 
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Deadline: Sept. 28
The San Joaquin and Stanislaus UC Master Gardener Programs are now accepting applications for our 2019 training. The training will take place in Stockton (for both programs) and volunteer hours will take place in the county that you live in (San Joaquin or Stanislaus) We are excited to help Stanislaus County Master Gardeners get their new program up and running!
The application deadline is SEPTEMBER 28th so don't miss out! For more info and to download an application, give us a call at 209-953-6112.
 
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Date: Sat. September 29, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Oktoberfest Workshop
Sponsor: UCCE Master Food Preservers- Amador/Calaveras
Register for this hands-on workshop to make all the fixings for a great Oktoberfest feast! Participants will rotate through three stations to make fresh sausage, beer mustard, and to start fermenting fresh sauerkraut. Take home recipes for what you make in the workshop as well as other tempting delights.
Class size: 12
Class fee: $30
Pre-registration: http://ucanr.edu/sept29_mfpclass
Location: Amador County GSA Building, 12200-B Airport Road, Jackson
Contact: UCCE Master Food Preservers - 209-223-6857
 
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WHEN: Saturday, September 29, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
WHAT: Free Ask the Master Gardeners Information Table at the Farm to Fork Festival
WHERE: Capitol Mall between 3rd and 8th Streets, Sacramento
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.
2019 Gardening and Preserving Guide and Calendars will be available for $10, including sales tax.
 
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Now through Jan. 15, 2019
The Sacramento Perennial Plant Club is supporting gardening and horticultural activities across Sacramento County.  Grants of up to $600 are awarded to non-profits such as community gardens, schools, or church gardening projects. Applications can be downloaded from the website: sacramentoperennialplantclub.org 
 
Deadline for 2019 Grants is January 15, 2019, with funds awarded in February.
 
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WHEN: Thursday, October 4, 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.
 
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October 4, 2018
GREEN GARDENER TRAINING MODULE 2: MASTERING EFFICIENT IRRIGATION
Antelope Gardens, Antelope
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cost: $55-65
Learn how to achieve water efficiency through design, components, and maintenance. Offered as part two of our Green Gardener Training. Participants can register for one, two or all three modules. Completion of all three modules is required to become a Qualified Green Gardener.  rescapeCA.org
 
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Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Fall Plant Sale Shepard Garden and Art Center       
Garden clubs offer a bounty of choices to plant now for spring beauty.
Shepard Garden and Arts Center
3330 McKinley Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95816   
phone:  916-823-5500
http://sacramentoperennialplantclub.org
 
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WHEN: Saturday, October 6 & Sunday, October 7, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
WHAT: Shepard Garden & Arts Center
WHERE: 3330 McKinley Boulevard, Sacramento 95816
For More Information:
UC Cooperative Extension, (916) 875-6913 or go to sacmg.ucanr.edu or facebook.com/sacmg
Join the UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County at the Shepard Garden & Arts Center's Fall Sale.  Specialty bulbs, specimen forcing kits and 2019 Gardening and Preserving Guide and Calendars will be available for purchase, also pre-register for the October 20 Bulb Seminar.
 
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WHEN: Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 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 or go to sacmg.ucanr.edu or facebook.com/sacmg
At 10:30 a.m., the UCCE Master Gardeners will hold a mini-talk on:
Succulents
On going through-out the morning:
Fertilizing and applying sulfur for berries, growing cool season vegetables and cover crops, harvesting herbs, providing citrus frost protection.
Bring your gardening questions to the Ask the Master Gardeners table.
Specialty bulbs, specimen forcing kits and 2019 Gardening and Preserving Guide and Calendars will be available for purchase, also pre-register for the October 20 Bulb Seminar.
 Located outside &endash; rain or shine.
 
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Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Grapes from Plant to Table MG & MFP Combo Class
Grapes, from propagation and care to juicing and jamming.  Come see how you can grow successfully in your county and explore some of the ways you can utilize grapes for food preparation.  Dave will inform the home gardener about how to choose their varieties of grapes best suited for El Dorado County, then share how to propagate, plant, cultivate and prune grapes.  Mike and Phil will share how to harvest, store, freeze or dry grapes. They will also demonstrate how to extract juice from grapes in order to make a freezer grape jelly.
Cost:  Event is FREE
Time/ Location:  9:00 am - 12 noon at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr., Cameron Park, CA 95682 Master Food Preservers of El Dorado County
 
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October 11, 2018
GREEN GARDENER TRAINING MODULE 3: PLANTS IN THE CALIFORNIA LANDSCAPE
Howe Park, Sacramento
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cost: $55-65
Learn about plant structure, selection, and maintenance. Offered as part three of our Green Gardener Training. Participants can register for one, two or all three modules. Completion of all three modules is required to become a Qualified Green Gardener.  rescapeCA.org
 
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When: Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 10:00 a.m.
What: The Old City Cemetery Committee presents a tour of the historic rose garden in fall. 
Where: Sacramento Historic City Cemetery, 1000 Broadway, Sacramento
 
Spring isn't the only time to visit the Historic Rose Garden. Many of the roses that early Sacramentans loved bloom again and again. Join curator Anita Clevenger to discover the old roses that take an encore in the fall, often with deeper colors and better flowers than earlier in the year. We will stroll, snip and sniff roses to our hearts' content in the midst of our beautiful, historic cemetery. 
 
The tour is free, however, donations are gratefully accepted and benefit cemetery preservation. The cemetery is located at 1000 Broadway, Sacramento. There is free street parking on surrounding streets. For more information, call 916-448-0811.
 
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Saturday, Oct. 13, 930am-130pm
Redbud Chapter, California Native Plant Society Fall Native Plant Sale
Location: North Star House, 12075 Auburn Road, Grass Valley
For additional information: www.redbud-cnps.org
 
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Date: Sat. October 13, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Entrees in a Jar
Sponsor: UCCE Master Food Preservers- Amador/Calaveras
Wouldn't it be nice to come home from a busy day, grab a mason jar and have a delicious homemade dinner ready to eat in the time it takes to heat it up? In this class, we will demonstrate how to prepare an Entrée in a Jar meal your family will love. Techniques will use various food preservation and storage techniques such as pressure canning, freezing, dehydrating, and vacuum sealing. Did we mention that these make great gifts too?
Save a seat: Register for this free class at http://ucanr.edu/oct13_mfpclass. (Walk-ins welcome)
Location: Amador County GSA Building, 12200-B Airport Road, Jackson
Contact: UCCE Master Food Preservers - 209-223-685
 
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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14 10am to 3pm.
Garden Tour Tuolumne County
Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 14th, when UCCE Master Gardeners of Tuolumne County will host their twenty-third annual garden tour from 10am to 3pm. This year's theme is "Gardening with a Purpose." The Master Gardener Demonstration Garden will also feature a plant sale on tour day. Plants available for purchase have all been locally grown and are suitable for planting in the foothills area.
 
Tours of each garden are self-guided.  Plants will be labeled for identification as well as for drought tolerance and deer resistance.  Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and hand out site information at each garden.  Garden tour tickets contain a map with directions to each of the homes. There will be directional signs on streets and roads leading to the gardens.
 
Tickets to four beautiful gardens are $12 per person; children 12 and under are free.  Tickets can be purchased immediately online at http://ucanr.edu/tuolumnegardentourtickets.  Soon, tickets will be available at local businesses, the UCCE Office and will also be available on the day of the tour at the Master Gardener demonstration garden at 251 S. Barretta Street, Sonora. The demonstration garden will also function as the will-call ticket site on the day of the tour.
 
Proceeds from the tour fund the Master Gardener Scholarship Fund for Columbia College students, provide operating funds for the demonstration garden and help support school gardens. In addition, funds from the tour purchase gardening reference books available to the public at the Tuolumne County Library and for master gardener reference at the Master Gardener Library. 
 
For additional details contact the UC Cooperative Extension office at (209) 754-6477 or visit the UC Cooperative Extension website: http://cecentralsierra.ucanr.edu/
 
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WHEN: Thursday, October 18, 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.
 
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WHEN: Saturday, October 20, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
WHAT: Fall into Spring: Fall Planting for Spring Color
WHERE: 4145 Branch Center Road, Sacramento 95827
COST: $35 per person.  Pre-registration required, space is limited.
Registration information: sacmg.ucanr.edu/Special_Events
For More Information:
UC Cooperative Extension, (916) 875-6913 or go to sacmg.ucanr.edu or facebook.com/sacmg
Improve your bulb I.Q!
Register now for the Master Gardener seminar, "Fall into Spring: Fall Planting for Spring Color".  Presentations include layering bulbs for dramatic, long blooming displays, and how to force bulbs in containers.
Guest speaker Northern California bulb grower and hybridizer William R.P. Welch, a.k.a. "Bill the Bulb Baron" will share tips on planting and bulb varieties for Sacramento's climate and soils.
Bulbs, the garden superstars are drought tolerant, rodent and deer resistant, and low maintenance.  They are cost effective perennials, happy indoors or outdoors, in the ground or in containers.  The right bulb in the right place will create spectacular displays that will bloom year after year.
Bulbs and forcing kits will be available for purchase.
 
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Saturday, October 20, 2018
Basic Canning and Food Safety
Learn the latest and safest methods in water bath and atmospheric steam canning.   A general run through of food safety and the water bath and steam canning methods is included in this class.
Cost:  Event is FREE
Time/ Location:  9:00 am -12 noon at the Bethell-Delfino Agricultural Building located at 311 Fair Lane, Placerville, CA 95667 Master Food Preservers of El Dorado County
 
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Thursday, October 25   7:00 PM
Sacramento Perennial Plant Club
Julia Daehling-Oldfield, owner of Big Oak Nursery, presents A Day in the Life of a Nursery Manager.  The public is welcome.
Shepard Garden and Arts Center
3330 McKinley Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95816   
phone:  916-823-5500
http://sacramentoperennialplantclub.org
 
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Thursday, October 25, 2018
Apples and Pears
The days may be cooling down but it's a hot season for putting up preserves using the wonderful fruits available at this time of year.
Cost:  Event is FREE
Time/ Location:  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the Bethell-Delfino Agricultural Building located at 311 Fair Lane, Placerville, CA 95667 Master Food Preservers of El Dorado County
 
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Saturday, October 27, 2018
The UC Master Gardeners of Napa County invite the community to join them for a public gardening workshop, "Toxic & Carnivorous Plants and Growing Edible Fungi".  This workshop will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 9:30 am - 11:30 am at the UCCE Meeting Room, 1710 Soscol Avenue, Napa.
Are you ready for a Halloween scare? Thankfully, man-eating carnivorous plants are only in the movies. Learn why most gardeners grow carnivorous plants for their beauty, not just their novelty. We all know some common plants are poisonous, but what about the others? And while we would never recommend you eat an unknown mushroom from your garden, growing edible fungi with a kit is fun, easy, and tasty.  Join the UC Master Gardeners of Napa County to explore the fascinating properties plants have for protection and survival.
Registration is required, space is limited. There is a charge of $5/person. Fees are non-refundable and non-transferable unless class is cancelled. Register online at http://ucanr.edu/2018toxicplants.  For additional information, call the UCCE office at 707-253-4221. Upvalley and American Canyon residents can call toll-free at 877-279-3065.
 
 
 
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