is the host of the "KFBK Garden
in Sacramento, California each Sunday
from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Pacfic Time, followed by
"Get Growing" on
in Sacramento, 10 a.m. to Noon. And, you can listen
live, via the
editions of "The
links for Itunes users: KFBK
Sacramento and Northern San Joaquin County
gardeners can also
current gardening information
from Fred in his Saturday gardening
also available at the
Farmer Fred Rant! Blog
ON THE "KFBK GARDEN SHOW" &
Juliet Voigtlander - El
Emily Voigtlander - Food
"Recipes for Home Grown Fruits and Vegetables"
(Emily also co-designed the very useful
presentation app, Shadow
Steve Zien, Living
:"Understanding Pesticide Labels"
Quentyn Young, Fair
Oaks Blvd. Nursery:
"Holiday Gifts for Gardeners"; Warren
"Late Fall Color"; Gordon Mann, Consulting
Arborist - Mann
"Trees + Storms = Trouble"
Scott Paris - High
Loomis: "Winter Plants for our
Clue for the Garden Grappler!
Fred Rant Blog Page
These Garden Tips and More:
Vegetables Require Less Water Than
Vegetable Planting Calendar
Your First Vegetable Garden? Some
Those Green Tomatoes Turn Red This
You Plant, Check the Soil
Your Own Planting Mix
Tomatoes, Peppers From Seed
Tips on Starting Tomatoes from
Seeds Slow to Germinate? Some
Vegetables Are Better For You
Rotation Plan for the Home
Rotation for the Garden, Pt. 2
Hazards of Overfeeding Your
to Grow Giant Pumpkins
Your Own Popcorn
Trees for Sacramento? A Guide
Protection Ideas for Citrus
and Planting Bare Root Fruit
Under a Citrus Tree: Pros and
Fruit Tree Shopping? Buyer
Fruits By Look and Feel, Not the
Your Fruit Tree Rootstocks
Blueberries in Container
of a Professional Fruit Tasting
Are the Blackberries Turning
Season is Ant Season
Green Fruit Beetles Are Back
are Blackberries Turning White?
Cure for the Cherry Maggot?
Snails and Slugs
Leaf Curl: It's Back!
Peach Leaf Curl
Sooty Mold & Scale on Citrus
Fungus Gnats on Houseplants
Flies vs. Mosquitoes
Spot Problem? Here's What to Do
Proofing Your Garden
Fun Facts! Control Tips, Too
Read the Label!
To Find Garden Answers Online
Shoes...or Gardening Shoes?
The Garden Good
that Attract Beneficial Insects
on the Bees!
to Attract Pollinating Insects
Blog is for the Birds
Good Bug Hotel
Killing the Bees? A New Study Offers
the Yard Ready for a Rain and Wind
Tips for Drip Irrigation
Tour of Maple Rock Gardens
Cure for Non-Performing
is coming. Start Planning to Save Water
Wilting in the Heat? Check Before You
Tips For Your Yard
Rid of Your Lawn with Soil
to Kill Your Lawn in 2 Easy
Plants on a Hot Day. Water...or
To Stake a New Tree
Jumping Oak Galls, Batman!
Storms and Tree Troubles
to Do AFTER a Hard Freeze
to Do When a Hard Freeze is
Year's Resolutions for Gardeners
THE Edible Ornamental of Fall
Peach Leaf Curl Controls
Freezes Ahead. Get Your Yard
a Freeze, What Should a Gardener
Houseplant Care Tips
the Rain Away from the House &
Your Garden Storm-Ready
to Do in Your Yard AFTER the
for the Fall-Winter Vegetable
Color for the Cold, Gray Days of
Storms and Trees: Inspect Them
to Grow Oak Trees from Acorns
NOT to do in the Garden in Fall
Foliage Now? Leaf it Alone!
Horses? Avoid These Plants!
Plants for You, But They're Poison to Your
(thru Dec. 12, 2014)
Avg. evapotranspiration rate this past
week : .16" valley; .19" foothills.
Soil Temperature: 58 (F) valley.
57 (F) low foothills. 54 (F) upper foothills.
Click Here for more
Information about soil temperature and evapotranspiration
hours/portions (hours at
32-45 degrees-F, necessary for deciduous fruit tree
production, from Nov.-Feb.)
Nov. 1-Dec. 12, 2014: Valley:
56-152 chill hours; 14-18 chill portions. Foothills:
29-190 chill hours; 17-30 chill portions
is a "Chill Hour", what is a "Chill Portion"?
Hours vs. Chill Portions, 2013-2014, part 1
Hours vs. Chll Portions, 2013-2014, part 2
Portion Requirements for selected fruit and nut
2013-2014 Chill Season, Nov. 1 - Feb. 28:
Valley (Sac., SJ, Yolo, Sutter, Solano Cos.):
Foothills (Amador, El Dorado, Placer Cos.):
2012-2013 Chill Season Totals:
VALLEY: 1028-1325 hours; FOOTHILLS: 877-1863
Wondering when is the right
time to plant?
The online Farmer
Fred Interactive Vegetable Planting
Northern & Central California
is for you!
Click on each vegetable for
specific planting information.
printable planting calendar!
Looking for lists and pictures of
plants that don't require much water? Go to:
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
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
Now Available: 2015
Garden Calendars for the Sacramento Area and Foothills,
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
Dec. 13, 2014
Master Gardeners of El Dorado Public Class:"Selecting and
Planting Deciduous Fruit Trees"
Time and Location:
9 AM to Noon. Government Center Hearing Room,
Building C, 2850 Fairlane Ct, Placerville
Walt Miller and Pam Lane will present essential information
on the selection and proper planting of bare root fruit
trees. The focus of the class will be on planting
techniques and tree selection. Fruit tree varieties
best suited for your El Dorado County location will be
discussed in depth.
Gardener Office: 530.621.5502 or Website:
Requests for Grant
The purpose of the
Sacramento Perennial Plant Club Grant (SPPC grant) is to
promote gardening within the County of Sacramento.
Non-profit groups with gardening-related activities may
apply. Three (3) grants in the amount of up to $500 will be
Nov. 15, 2014 - Jan. 15, 2015
For more information,
please check out our website above. Click on 'GRANTS' for
full details on applying, downloading applications, online