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October Garden Chores

November Gardem Chores

Growing Winter Vegetables

Plants for Late Fall/Winter Color

Greenhouse Tomatoes in the Fall/Winter
Interactive Vegetable Planting Calendar

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

Nov. 4: Gail Pothour, Sacramento County Master Gardener: "Growing Cool Season Vegetables".

Nov. 11: Don Shor - Redwood Barn Nursery-Davis. "Frost Tips for Your Garden" "Climate Change Gardening"

Nov. 18: Debbie Arrington, Kathy Morrison - Sacramento Digs Gardening

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

100+ Great Roses For California

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 Nov. 10, 2018)

Avg. evapotranspiration rate this past week : .70-1.2" valley; .50-.80" foothills.

Soil Temperature: 58-61 (F) valley. 58(F) low foothills. 56(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
WHEN: Saturday, November 10, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
WHAT: Free Basic Composting Workshop
Pre-registration is required via email to Katie@sierra2.org
WHERE: Sierra2 Center, 2791 24th Street, Sacramento, CA  95818
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 and vegetable/fruit 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:  Tuesday, November 13, 10:30 a.m. to Noon
WHAT:   Pollinator Gardening Workshop
WHERE:  West Sacramento Community Center, 1075 West Capitol Avenue, West Sacramento
For more information:
UC Yolo County Master Gardeners 530-666-8737, mgyolo@ucanr.edu
Master Gardener Elizabeth Van Nest will discuss importance of pollinators in your garden and what plants attract pollinators.
 
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WHEN: Thursday, November 15, 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 how to prepare your plants for cold weather?  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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Thursday, November 15, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Fair Oaks Library, 11601 Fair Oaks Blvd, Fair Oaks 
 
2019 UCCE Master Food Preserver Training 
 
Increase your educational repertoire by adding food preservation to the topics you teach! The UCCE Master Food Preservers of Sacramento County are accepting applications for their 2019 Training Program through December 31, 2018. If you already teach our community members how to grow herbs, citrus, fruits or vegetables, why not include preserving and serving the produce? In addition to making standard jams & jellies, you'll learn how to pickle and ferment foods, how to make low-sugar fruit spreads, and how to can soups and stews to enjoy all year. Plus, you'll learn how to dehydrate food multiple ways and how to prevent freezer burn. With all this knowledge and experience, you'll be a walking encyclopedia at Master Gardener and Master Food Preserver events. 
 
Our next volunteer training program in Sacramento County will be from 9: 00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on the following Saturdays: January 19, February 2 & 9, March 2, 16 & 30, April 6 & 13, and May 4. The February 2 class will be at the UC Davis Campus; the rest of the classes will be in our newly remodeled kitchen at the UCCE Sacramento Branch Office. 
 
Want to learn more? Visit our website at http://ucanr.edu/ be_mfpsac or join us at one of our upcoming training information meetings (listed above). 
 
RSVP online for any of the training information meetings at http://ucanr.edu/mfp_rsvp; walk-ins are welcome. If you know someone who you think would be interested, please share this information with them. As you know from being a Master Gardener, working with people who are passionate about similar interests makes life so much more enjoyable! 
 
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Saturday, November 17th  10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Join us for our last San Joaquin Master Food Preserver Workshop for 2018!
When it comes to gifts, nothing beats homemade. Be prepared for this holiday season by attending Gifts from the Kitchen. You will learn how to make FOUR simple preservation items as well as techniques to make your gift look special. This is a longer workshop and also a larger workshop.  take home four samples of items you can easily make at home.
 
$50.00
 
You will make and take 3 jars of each:  Pickled Pumpkin, Lemon Curd, Octoberfest Beer Mustard and Herb Infused Oils and will go home with inspiration to create handcrafted gifts in your kitchen for family and friends.
Advance registration is required: http://ucanr.edu/gifts18
This hands-on workshop will be held at 2101 E. Earhart Ave, Stockton, 95206 
Questions? Please call 209-953-6100
 
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WHEN:   Saturday, November 17, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  and 11:00 a.m. to Noon
WHAT:    Two Free Winter Gardening Workshops
WHERE:  Davis Central Park Gardens, corner of Third and B Street, Davis
For more information:
UC Yolo County Master Gardeners 530-666-8737, mgyolo@ucanr.edu
First workshop discusses how to provide a habitat in your garden for pollinators that need winter shelter.
Second workshop demonstrates techniques for your pruning tools.  Proper pruning can prevent spring diseases.
 
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WHEN:   Saturday, November 17, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
WHAT:   Backyard Composting
WHERE:  Woodland Community College, 2300 E. Gibson Road, Building 400, Woodland
For more information:
UC Yolo County Master Gardeners 530-666-8737, mgyolo@ucanr.edu
Learn how to turn your lawn clippings and garden waste into a valuable soil amendment.  Staff members of the City of Woodland Environmental Services will provide free counter-top kitchen scrap collection buckets!
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Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 10:00 a.m.
The Old City Cemetery presents a final rose garden tour for the year featuring fall color.
Sacramento Historic City Cemetery, 1000 Broadway, Sacramento
 
Join Historic Rose Garden docent Judy Eitzen for "Fall Color in the Rose Garden." Enjoy late blooms, brilliant foliage and a variety of colorful rose hips (fruit) in our pioneer garden cemetery. You'll see, sniff, examine and learn about the wide variety of roses in our award-winning rose garden. The Sacramento Historic City Cemetery is a place where gardens grace graves, time stands still and history lives. Meet inside the front gate. Rain cancels. For information, call 916-448-0811.  
 
The cemetery is located at 1000 Broadway, Sacramento. There is ample free street parking on surrounding streets, with limited parking within the cemetery. For more information about the cemetery, call 916-448-0811.
 
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Thursday, December 6, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Rancho Cordova
 
2019 UCCE Master Food Preserver Training 
 
Increase your educational repertoire by adding food preservation to the topics you teach! The UCCE Master Food Preservers of Sacramento County are accepting applications for their 2019 Training Program through December 31, 2018. If you already teach our community members how to grow herbs, citrus, fruits or vegetables, why not include preserving and serving the produce? In addition to making standard jams & jellies, you'll learn how to pickle and ferment foods, how to make low-sugar fruit spreads, and how to can soups and stews to enjoy all year. Plus, you'll learn how to dehydrate food multiple ways and how to prevent freezer burn. With all this knowledge and experience, you'll be a walking encyclopedia at Master Gardener and Master Food Preserver events. 
 
Our next volunteer training program in Sacramento County will be from 9: 00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on the following Saturdays: January 19, February 2 & 9, March 2, 16 & 30, April 6 & 13, and May 4. The February 2 class will be at the UC Davis Campus; the rest of the classes will be in our newly remodeled kitchen at the UCCE Sacramento Branch Office. 
 
Want to learn more? Visit our website at http://ucanr.edu/ be_mfpsac or join us at one of our upcoming training information meetings (listed above). 
 
RSVP online for any of the training information meetings at http://ucanr.edu/mfp_rsvp; walk-ins are welcome. If you know someone who you think would be interested, please share this information with them. As you know from being a Master Gardener, working with people who are passionate about similar interests makes life so much more enjoyable! 
 
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Saturday December 8th, 10am-5pm
Sunday December 9th, 11am-4pm
9th Annual Homes for the Holidays Tour Fundraiser
Sponsored by the Assistance League Sierra Foothills
Proceeds help homeless and disadvantaged children in El Dorado County
This popular El Dorado County holiday tradition highlights five private residences beautifully appointed with festive holiday décor and ideas for all your holiday decorating. Treat your senses to the sound of holiday music, the fresh smell of just cut pine, and the warmth of the fireplace, as you view traditional to whimsical décor and collectables.  All, a true reflection of holiday cheer depicting cozy homes that create a charming and intimate holiday atmosphere.
 Our tour this year boasts a Santa's candy-bar, hot apple cider, cookies and shop one-of-a-kind creations from three of our local artisans.
 
Be sure not to miss Assistance League Sierra Foothills'
signature raffle including 100 bottles of wine!  And stroll through the enchanted forest of
designer decorated Christmas trees to be auctioned.
 
Our generous sponsors for the 2018 tour are Pottery World, El Dorado Savings Bank,
Marshall Medical Center, Women's Fund El Dorado, and Luxury Home Magazine.
 
Tickets:  $25 Adults, $10 Children 12 and under Available at:
Pottery World ~ Rocklin and El Dorado Hills
California Welcome Center ~ El Dorado Hills
Rod Works ~ Folsom
Gold Country Ace Hardware ~ Cameron Park
Country Elegance ~ Placerville
 
Ticket outlets accept cash and checks
Credit Cards accepted online:
www.assistanceleague.org/sierra-foothills
 
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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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