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February Garden Chores

Sacramento Area Planting Guide for Flower and Vegetable Seeds

Asian Citrus Psyllid Info and Video

Tomato Gardening: Tips and Hints

Tomato Gardening Basics

Tomato Troubleshooting Tips

Blossom End Rot on Tomatoes

Quick Clicks

Sunset Plant Finder

Plant Lists Categorized by their Water Needs

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

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

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!
Previous editions of "The KFBK Garden Show" and "Get Growing".
Plus, the KSTE Farm Hour.
Podcast links for Itunes users: KFBK Garden Show and Get Growing
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.
 
New! The KSTE Farm Hour podcast.
 
 
 

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

 
Feb. 7: Pam Bone - Master Gardener, Sacramento Co.: "Winter Berry and Fruit Tree Care"
 
Feb. 14: Debbie Arrington - Sacramento Bee Garden Writer: "Getting Ready for Tomato Season"; Shannon Gordon - Sac. Co. Master Gardener: "Events at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center."
 
Feb. 21: Steve Zien - Living Resources Co. "Battling the Garden Bugs and Diseases of Late Winter, Organically"
 
Feb. 28: Warren Roberts - UC Davis Arboretum Supervisor Emeritus: "The Blooms of Late Winter"
 
 
A Clue for the Garden Grappler
 

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

Vegetables:

Some Vegetables Require Less Water Than Others

Interactive Vegetable Planting Calendar

Planting Your First Vegetable Garden? Some Tips

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

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:

Every Season is Ant Season

The Green Fruit Beetles Are Back

Why are Blackberries Turning White?

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?

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

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:

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 Feb. 13, 2016)

Avg. evapotranspiration rate this past week : .50" valley; .70" foothills.

Soil Temperature: 52 (F) valley. 53 (F) low foothills. 47 (F) upper foothills.

Click Here for more Information about soil temperature and evapotranspiration rates

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

Nov. 1-Feb. 13, 2016:

Valley: Chill Hours: 675-826. (same period last year: 473-604). Chill Portions: 64-68.

Foothills: Chill Hours: 729-1295. Chill Portions: 68-75

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

Chill Portion Requirements for selected fruit and nut varieties

 

Nov. 1-Feb. 28, 2015:

Valley: 444-805 chill hours; 61-69 chill portions.

Foothills: 380-1095 chill hours; 65-85 chill portions

 

2013-2014 Chill Season, Nov. 1 - 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 hours

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Wondering when is the right time to plant?

The online Farmer Fred Interactive Vegetable Planting Calendar for Northern & Central 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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Now available: 2016 Master Gardener Gardening Guide and Calendars
Sacramento Co Master Gardener calendar information
Placer Co Master Gardener calendar information:
 
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 UPCOMING EVENTS
Saturday Feb 20
Gardening in the Foothills  Join Master Gardener and retired meteorologist Steve Savage to learn about gardening in our unique environment.  Explore plant hardiness zones; effects of light, heat, and terrain on plants; micro-climates; frost formation and protection; and how to make short range forecasts for your garden.  FREE CLASS  9:00 am - noon  Government Center Hearing Room, Building C, 2850 Fairlane Court, Placerville. Presented by the Master Gardeners of El Dorado County
 
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February 20, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Grass Valley Elks Lodge, 103 S. School Street in Grass Valley
Landscape Planning on Paper
This one-of a kind workshop will offer much insight into planning and designing your garden. Topics will cover:
• Analyzing your site
• An introduction to the use of drawing equipment and tools for drafting your plan
• Pointers for design concepts
• Assisting you, one on one, in drawing your own plan to take home with you.
 
Paper, pencils and stencils will be provided.
 The Nevada County Master Gardeners
• http://ncmg.ucanr.org (Nevada County Master Gardeners)
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Saturday, February 20, 2016  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Fair Oaks Horticulture Center Workshop
There's still time to prune your fruit trees, grapes, blueberries and cane berries.  The UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County will demonstrate proper pruning techniques for edible crops, ornamental grasses and shrubs.  Want to learn how to grow tasty vegetables?  The basics of planting late winter and early spring vegetables will be discussed.
 
The Plant Clinic can help with all your plant problems and mysterious pests.
 
UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County 2016 Gardening Guide and Calendars will be available for $12, including sales tax.
 
Located outside &endash; rain or shine
 
Fair Oaks Horticulture Center, 11549 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks, CA  95628
 South of Madison, in Fair Oaks Park, next to the Library
 
Free
 
For More Info:UC Cooperative Extension, (916) 875-6913 or go to
                             ucanr.edu/sacmg or facebook.com/sacmg
 
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Saturday Feb 27  Raising Backyard Chickens a University of California Cooperative Extension Workshop  In this one-day workshop participants will learn the basics of small flock management. University of California experts and industry specialists will discuss poultry care, health and healthy egg production. Participants can get questions answered by experts in the field. There is a $25 fee for this workshop with continental breakfast and lunch included.  Call (530) 621-5512 to reserve your spot by February 15, 2016.  9:00 am &endash; 3:00 pm Shingle Springs Rancheria Gymnasium, Placerville CA. Presented by the Master Gardeners of El Dorado County
 
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February 27, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Grass Valley Elks Lodge, 103 S. School Street in Grass Valley
Foothill Vegetable Gardening Series: The Joy of Vegetable Gardening &endash; Especially for Beginners 
This is the first of a series of workshops focused on vegetable gardening in the foothills. This presentation will be suited to gardeners of all levels, and especially for new gardeners or those new to the area. Topics will cover:
• What to grow? Grow what you like to eat!
• Planning, the most important step!
• Bring your questions!
 
The Nevada County Master Gardeners
http://ncmg.ucanr.org (Nevada County Master Gardeners)
 
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March 5, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Grass Valley Elks Lodge, 103 S. School Street in Grass Valley
Totally Tomatoes: From Seed to Seed
I have no detailed information for this class at this time.
 
 The Nevada County Master Gardeners
http://ncmg.ucanr.org (Nevada County Master Gardeners)
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Saturday, March 12, 2016  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Ready to play in the garden again?  A visit with the Master Gardeners at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center will inspire your green thumb.  Learn how to jump start your citrus and fruit trees with a careful fertilization program.  Now is the time to plant vegetables to feed your family during the summer, learn how.  We have management tips for the pests bothering your fruit trees.  Alter your vision of a water efficient garden from moonscape to a tranquil beautiful retreat.  Master Gardeners will provide tips on selecting plants.
 
The Plant Clinic can help with all your plant problems and mysterious pests.
 
Located outside &endash; rain or shine
 
Horticulture Center, 11549 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks, CA  95628
South of Madison, in Fair Oaks Park, next to the Library
 
Free
 
For More Info: UC Cooperative Extension, (916) 875-6913 or go to
                             ucanr.edu/sacmg or facebook.com/sacmg
 
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March 12, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Grass Valley Elks Lodge, 103 S. School Street in Grass Valley
Foothill Vegetable Gardening Series: Ready, Set, Grow
During this second of the series on vegetable gardening in the foothills, the vast varieties and types of vegetables available will be explored. Topics will include:
Brassica or curcurbit? What's with these names? We'll offer an overview of vegetable families.
• Explore some fun perennial and other unusual vegetables to try.
• Look at seed starting and transplanting "starts".
• Find out some of  the important things that gardeners can do between planting and harvesting.
The Nevada County Master Gardeners
http://ncmg.ucanr.org (Nevada County Master Gardeners)
 
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March 19, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - NCMG Demo Garden (on NID Grounds) 1036 W. Main Street in Grass Valley
 Foothill Vegetable Gardening Series: Compost is the Gardener's Best Friend
This is the third in the workshop series about vegetable gardening in the foothills. At this popular workshop it will be discovered why…
Vegetable Gardening Series: Compost Is the Gardener's Best Friend 
 
• Why compost?
• Hot and cold composting
• Compost problems and solutions
The Nevada County Master Gardeners
http://ncmg.ucanr.org (Nevada County Master Gardeners)
 
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May 7, 2016
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - NCMG Demo Garden (on NID Grounds) 1036 W. Main Street in Grass Valley
ANNUAL NEVADA COUNTY MASTER GARDENER SPRING PLANT SALE
The Nevada County Master Gardeners will hold their Annual Spring Plant sale on Saturday, May 7 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon in the NCMG Demo Garden.  With over 33 varieties of peppers, an over 79 varieties of tomatoes to choose from there will be something from everyone.  Lettuce, eggplant, herbs, ground cherry, broccoli, cucumbers and more, don't miss your opportunity to fill your garden with veggies of all types.
The Nevada County Master Gardeners
http://ncmg.ucanr.org (Nevada County Master Gardeners)
 
 
 
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