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January Garden Chores

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

 

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.

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

 
Jan. 18: Pam Bone - Sacramento County Master Gardener: "All About Winter Gardening"; Warren Roberts - UC Davis Arboretum; Drew Bohan - Sacramento Scion Exchange; Dave DeWitt - author- "The Complete Chile Pepper Book"
 
Jan. 25: Debbie Flower - American River College Horticulture Dept. "Winter Garden Tasks"
 
Feb. 1: Phil Pursel, Dave Wilson Nursery: "Winter Fruit Tree Care"; Dennis Prendergast - Sacramento County Master Food Preservers.
 
Feb. 8: Steve Zien, Living Resources Co. : "Which Dies Quicker: A Tender Plant After 3 Frosts...or, the Green Bay Packers in the 4th quarter?
 
 
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

Garden Data (thru Jan. 24, 2015)

Avg. evapotranspiration rate this past week : .15" valley; .24" foothills.

Soil Temperature: 51 (F) valley. 51 (F) low foothills. 49 (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-Jan. 24, 2015:

Valley: 364-522 chill hours (compare to 732-1029 hours in late Jan. 2014); 45-49 chill portions.

Foothills: 317-834 chill hours; 48-60 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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Now Available: 2015 Garden Calendars for the Sacramento Area and Foothills,
from Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners!
For Information about the Sacramento area Gardening Calendar, "2015 All Stars for All Seasons," click here.
For Information about the 2015 Gardening Calendar for the Foothills of Placer and El Dorado Counties, "California Dreaming: Beautiful Gardens with Less Water", click here.
 
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 UPCOMING EVENTS
 
Date:  Saturday, January 24, 2015
Event:  UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado Public Class:  "The Fire Wise and Water Wise Garden"
Time and Location;  9:00 AM to Noon.  Government Center Hearing Room, Building C, 2850 Fair Lane Ct., Placerville
Details:  Do you want to create an attractive and fire-wise landscape? Did you know that many plants can be fire-wise that are not water-thirsty?  Join Master Gardeners Robin Stanley and Alice Cantelow along with retired CAL FIRE Chief Deputy Director Mark Stanley to learn how to balance aesthetics and safety to increase the chances your property and home can withstand a wildfire. We will also be talking about the varieties of plants that are both fire resistant and water-conserving. You'll leave with an individualized list of changes you can make in your landscape to make it both fire wise and water wise.
Contact:  Master Gardener Office: 530.621.5502 or Website: http://ceeldorado.ucanr.edu  or email mgeldorado@ucdavis.edu.
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Date:  Saturday, January 31, 2015
Event:  UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado Public Class: "Beekeeping"
Time and Location:  9:00 AM to Noon, Veteran's Memorial Bldg.
Details:   Want to do something to improve your gardens and help the world at the same time? Consider keeping bees! Instructor Sharlet Elms will introduce you to beekeeping in your backyard, explain the current state of bees, and how bees affect your everyday life, and the process of maintaining a hive or two. The class will also give you some resources for getting started.
Contact:  Master Gardener Office: 530.621.5502 or Website: http://ceeldorado.ucanr.edu   or email mgeldorado@ucdavis.edu.  
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Saturday, January 31
The Birds and the Trees: Stories in Natural History
3 p.m., UC Davis Arboretum Terrace Garden (next to Whole Foods Market Davis)
Rain/cold/wind location: Whole Foods Market Annex
 
Join us for an hour of captivating storytelling by naturalist Steve Daubert who will read original stories that explore the lives of birds and the natural histories of redwood trees. Light refreshments will be served. Appropriate for adults and older children. Co-sponsored by Whole Foods Market. The event is free; free 3-hour parking is available in the Davis Commons Shopping Center parking lot behind Whole Foods at First and D Streets. Click here for a map of the location. For more information, please call (530) 752-4880 or visit http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/calendar.aspx.
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Sunday, February 8
Winter Birds in Davis: Slide Show and Tour
10:30 a.m., Environmental Horticulture 146
 
Curious about birds? Learn about birds that winter in Davis during a one-hour slide show and talk. Then take a guided walking tour to see birds in the Arboretum with docent Lois Richter (weather permitting). The event is free; parking is free on weekends in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and Arboretum Drive. Click here for a map of the location. For more information, please call (530) 752-4880 or visit http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/calendar.aspx
 
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Wednesday, February 11
Walk with Warren:  West-end Gardens
12-1 p.m., UC Davis Arboretum Gazebo, UC Davis campus
 
Join Warren Roberts, the Superintendent Emeritus of the Arboretum, famous storyteller, and punster for an always-engaging noontime exploration of winter at the UC Davis Arboretum's west-end gardens. The event is free; limited, free one-hour parking is available along Garrod Drive near the Gazebo or in nearby Visitor Parking Lot 55 where parking can be paid by meter or 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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Sunday, February 22
Native Californian Elderberry Flute-making Workshop
1-3 p.m., 146 Environmental Horticulture
 
People of all ages will learn how to make and play a Native Californian elderberry flute.  East Bay Regional Parks docent Antonio Flores will talk about the culture of flute making and also about the endangered elderberry beetle. All materials will be supplied. Please bring a sharpened pocket knife if you have one. Adults will need to supervise their young children. All ages welcome. Sponsored by the Arboretum Ambassadors. The event is free; free parking is available in nearby Visitor Parking Lot 5. For more information and directions, please call (530) 752-4880 or visit http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/calendar.aspx.
 
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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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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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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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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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