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.
Chilling hours/portions (hours at 32-45 degrees-F, necessary for deciduous fruit tree production, Nov.-Feb.)
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
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.
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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 .======================================== Find a Green Gardener-certified landscaper near you: http://www.ecolandscape.org/programGG/GreenGardenerRefList.html ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
+++++++++++++++++++++++++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 +++++++++++++++++++++++++ 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 ============================================= 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. =========================================== 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 ============================================ 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 ============================= 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. ======================= 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 ============================== 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. ===================================== 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. ================================= 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. ******************* 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 =========================== 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 ============================ 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. ================================== 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. ======================== 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 ====================================== 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 ============================== 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. ============================ 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 ========================== 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 ================================= 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/ ================================== 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. ========================= 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. ================================== 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 ====================================== 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 ============================ 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 =========================== 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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