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March 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

 

The Drought and Your Garden

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

 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? 
                  
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

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)

 

VEGETABLES

Growing Winter 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
FRUIT

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

  

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. And, you can listen to the
shows, live, via the KFBK.com and KSTE.com websites.
 
Available as podcasts!
Previous editions of "The KFBK Garden Show" and "Get Growing".
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.
 
 
High Hand University presents the Professor Farmer Fred Podcast Page
Garden Podcasts, recorded with a live audience at High Hand Nursery, Loomis. Visit the High Hand website to find out how you can attend and be part of the fun!
 

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

 
 
 
Feb. 22: Don Shor, Redwood Barn Nursery - Davis: "February Garden Opportunities"
 
March 1: Debbie Arrington - Sacramento Bee Garden Writer: "Late Winter Rose Care"; Warren Roberts - UC Davis Arboretum: "Late Winter Color".
 
March 8: Shannon Gordon - Sacramento Co. Master Gardener: "Events at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center".
 
March 15: Greg Gayton, Green Acres Nursery: "Pre-Spring Garden Advice"
 
 
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. 27, 2015)

Avg. evapotranspiration rate this past week : .70" valley; .60" foothills.

Soil Temperature: 54 (F) valley. 54 (F) low foothills. 51 (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, from Nov.-Feb.)

Nov. 1-Feb. 27, 2015:

Valley: 479-715 chill hours; 58-65 chill portions.

Foothills: 377-1072 chill hours; 61-80 chill portions

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

Chill Hours vs. Chill Portions, 2013-2014, part 1

Chill Hours vs. Chll Portions, 2013-2014, part 2

Chill Portion Requirements for selected fruit and nut varieties

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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 UPCOMING EVENTS
 
Saturday, February 28
All Things Acacia
2 p.m., Putah Creek Lodge
 
The late winter display of yellow blossoms in the Eric E. Conn Acacia Grove is spectacular! It's a must-see event featuring over 50 different acacias from around the world. The event is free; parking is free on weekends in Putah Creek Lodge Visitor Parking Lot off Garrod Drive.. For more information, please call (530) 752-4880 or visit http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/calendar.aspx.
 
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Sunday, March 1
Storytime Through the Seasons: Climbing up the Ginkgo Tree
1-3 p.m., Wyatt Deck 
(Rain location: 146 Environmental Horticulture)
 
Celebrate the Chinese New Year in the Arboretum as we explore the cultural and natural world of Asia. Experience Asian culture in a whole new light with stories, activities, and experiences in our East Asian Collection. All ages welcome. Sponsored by the Arboretum Ambassadors. The event is free; free parking is available across the street from the Arboretum Headquarters. For more information and directions, please call (530) 752-4880 or visithttp://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/calendar.aspx.
 
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Saturday, March 7
MEMBER APPRECIATION PLANT SALE
to Support the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden
9 a.m. - 1 p.m., UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery
(Garrod Drive near La Rue Road, across from Vet Med), UC Davis campus
 
NEW FRONT YARD: We know that many homeowners out there are in the process of developing their "New Front Yard" by replacing high-water use plants with low-water alternatives. That's why you are going to find just what you need and get the best selection at our first plant sale of the spring season. We are going to have the area's largest selection of attractive, drought-tolerant, easy-care, region-appropriate plants including loads of grasses, California natives and Arboretum All-Stars.
 
Not a member? Call ahead or join at the door! All members receive 10% off their purchases and at this sale members receive a $10 off member appreciation gift; new members receive an additional $10 off as a thank you for joining. The benefits of membership far outweigh your cost! For more information on the benefits of membership visit: http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/join_the_friends.aspx.
 
The event is free; parking is free and available in nearby. For more information and directions, visit http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/calendar.aspx or call (530) 752-4880.
 
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COMING SOON! PUBLIC PLANT SALE DATES:
Saturday, April 11, April 25, and May 16 (clearance sale).
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Saturday, 3/7       
Shade Garden                                                                  
 
Shade gardens offer cool beauty to your landscape. They add texture, color and flowers to your garden. Join this talented team of Master Gardeners as they teach what plants thrive in all kinds of shade---dappled to deep.  FREE
Presented by the Master Gardeners of El Dorado County.
9:00 a.m.- noon              Government Center Hearing Room, Building C, 2850 Fair Lane, Placerville
 
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Saturday, March 7
Totally Tomatoes: From Seed to Seed
10:00 AM to Noon
Grass Valley Elks Lodge
109 S. School Street
Grass Valley, CA 94945
Presented by the Nevada County Master Gardeners
 
Everything you ever wanted to know about growing your own delicious tomatoes from sowing seeds to savings seeds and everything in between!               
         Learn the best growing location and what type of soil your tomatoes will love
        Uncover tomato varieties- determinate, indeterminate, heirloom or hybrid
        Harvesting &endash; what you need to know before you pick
        Learn the tricks to saving tomato seeds
 
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Wednesday, March 11
Walk with Warren: Warren G. Roberts Redbud Collection
12-1 p.m., UC Davis Arboretum Headquarters, Valley Oak Cottage, TB-32
 
Join Warren Roberts, the Superintendent Emeritus of the Arboretum and famous storyteller and punster for an always-engaging noontime exploration of winter in the UC Davis Arboretum's Warren G. Roberts Redbud Collection. Explore and learn more about our redbuds that burst with color in their transition from winter into spring. The event is free; parking is available in nearby Visitor Parking Lot 47 where parking can be paid by purchase of a $9 daily pass. For more information and directions, please call (530) 752-4880 or visit http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/calendar.aspx.
 
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Saturday, March 14
Delights from Down Under
11 a.m., Arboretum GATEway Garden (meet at the Shovel Gateway Sculpture) 
 
Plants from "down under" show off their flowers during the rainy season. Tour the Australian and New Zealand collections and have a blooming good time learning about plants from far-away lands. The event is free; free parking is available in the Davis Commons Shopping Center. Click here for a map of the location. For more information and directions, please call (530) 752-4880 or visit http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/calendar.aspx.
 
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Saturday, 3/14     
Propagation from Seed                                                                                    
 
Master Gardeners Gail Fulbeck and Debbie Hillel will teach the various methods of propagating plants by seed. Covered will be selection and germination, starting media, planting containers, hardening off and transplanting seedlings, and common reasons for germination and seedling failure. FREE
Presented by the Master Gardeners of El Dorado County.
9:00 a.m. - noon              Government Center Hearing Room, Building C, 2850 Fair Lane, Placerville
 
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Saturday, March 14
The Basics of Flower and Vegetable Seed Germination
10:00 AM to Noon              
Grass Valley Elks Lodge
109 S. School Street
Grass Valley, CA 94945
Presented by the Nevada County Master Gardeners
 
Starting seeds is fun! Learn everything you need to grow plants from seeds, save money and have more choices while you're at it!
        Discover tips to successfully grow seeds indoors and seed directly in the garden
        Explore what materials and equipment are needed to wake those seeds up
         Learn about different methods to help get those seeds germinated including stratification, scarification and soaking
        Learn how to help your babies grow and get them ready for transplanting
 
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Sunday, March 15
Yoga in the Arboretum
1-2:30 p.m., Environmental Horticulture Courtyard
 
Join us for 90 minutes of yoga appropriate for all skill levels led by certified instructor Loshan Ostrava. Dress comfortably. Please bring a towel and/or yoga mat and water bottle. Sponsored by the Arboretum Ambassadors. The event is free; free parking is available in nearby Visitor Parking Lot 5. Click here for a map of the location. For more information and directions, please call (530) 752-4880 or visit http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/calendar.aspx.
 
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Wednesday, 3/18     
The Art of Growing Succulents                                                              
The Art of Growing Succulents can be yours.  Attend this class to find out everything you have ever wanted to know about growing succulents.  Succulents are water saving plants at their best.  Learn how to properly water, grow, propagate and feed succulents.  This Master Gardener team will also show you how to keep your succulents from freezing in colder climates. The class will offer hands-on succulent propagation techniques.  Cuttings will be available to take home.  FREE
9:00 am - noon                 Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr., Cameron Park
Presented by the Master Gardeners of El Dorado County.
 
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Saturday, March 21
Foothill Vegetable Growing
10:00 AM to Noon        
Grass Valley Elks Lodge
109 S. School Street
Grass Valley, CA 94945
Presented by the Nevada County Master Gardeners
 
Have your best vegetable garden yet! Get the inside scoop on unique aspects of growing vegetables in the Sierra foothills.
         Learn strategies for dealing with poor soil and discover the secrets to building your soil for amazing results
         Determine when to plant and how to take advantage of season extenders
         Learn to grow vegetables with less than optimal sun exposure
         Discover least toxic and effective methods of dealing with foothill weeds
 
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Saturday, 3/28      
Drip Irrigation                                                                                                      
 
With summer coming soon, it is very important to preserve our water resources, while protecting the investments in our plants and landscaping. Join Master Gardeners Debbie Hillel and Sheri Burke as they discuss the basics of home sprinkler and drip irrigation systems. Learn how to provide your plants with the water they need and reduce your water bill.  FREE
Presented by the Master Gardeners of El Dorado County.
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.      Sherwood Demonstration Garden, Folsom Lake College El Dorado Center, 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville
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 Saturday, 3/28     
Tomatoes - From Seed to Pot                                                                
 
Tomatoes are a favorite in the spring and summer garden, and are the reason many people get started gardening in the first place.  Master Gardener and vegetable guru Zack Dowell will show you how to choose the right varieties, deal with problem pests and properly care for your tomatoes. In the second half, MG/MFPs Cindy Young and Judi Johnson will talk about what you can do with your harvest:  Canning, dehydrating and freezing.  FREE
This is a co presentation of the UCCE Master Gardeners and UCCE Master Food Preservers.
 
9:00 am - noon                  Government Center Hearing Room, Building C, 2850 Fair Lane, Placerville
 
 
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Saturday, March 28
Irrigation Logic
10:00 AM to Noon
Master Gardener Demonstration Garden at the Nevada Irrigation District
1036 West Main Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Presented by the Nevada County Master Gardeners
 
Get logical on how to create a water efficient irrigation system for your landscape and garden!
          Discover different irrigation systems; the benefits and drawbacks of each
        Explore display models and learn the nuts and bolts to building your own irrigation system
         Learn how to manage water by hydrozoning plants for watering efficiency
        Discover how to determine your gardens water needs and when and how much to irrigate
       Participate in discussions about water needs of lawns, alternative and drought resistant plants
 
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Saturday, March 28
Spring Surprises in the Storer Garden
11 a.m., UC Davis Arboretum Gazebo, UC Davis Campus
 
Our valley-wise demonstration garden, the Ruth Risdon Storer Garden, is beautiful year round, but especially in spring. Just in time for our first public plant sale of the spring season on April 11, you can come get great ideas for your own water-thrifty garden. The event is free; parking is available along Garrod Drive near the Gazebo or in nearby Visitor Parking Lot 55. For more information and directions, please call (530) 752-4880 or visit http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/calendar.aspx.
 
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