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Other Garden Websites


September Garden Chores

Sacramento Area Planting Guide for Flower and Vegetable Seeds

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


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

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

Rose Pruning, California Style

Roses For Shade

The Top Ten Roses for Sacramento

100 Roses for the Valley and Foothills

Rose Planting Basics



Fall is Lawn Renovation Time

Best Soil Temperatures for Vegetable Seeds

Why Rotate Your Crops?

 Sacramento Area
Planting Guide for 
Flower and Vegetable 

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



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)



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 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



The Garden "Good Guys"

Plants to Attract Beneficial Insects

Attracting Bees To Your Garden


Free Publications From UC's Farm and Garden Experts 



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 and 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.


Sept. 7: Steve Zien - Living Resources Co.: "Beyond the Drought" ;"Getting Ready for Fall Gardening"
Sept. 14: Pam Bone - UC Master Gardener: "Late Summer Berry Care": Native Plants". Shannon Gordon, Sacramento Co. Master Gardener: "Fair Oaks Horticulture Center Events"
 A Clue for the Garden Grappler!


Visit the Farmer Fred Rant Blog Page for These Garden Tips and More:


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



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:

The Green Fruit Beetles Are Back

Why are Blackberries Turning White?


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!



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:

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 Sept. 13, 2014)

Avg. evapotranspiration rate this past week : 1.4" valley; 1.7" foothills.

Soil Temperature: 73 (F) valley. 81 (F) low foothills. 64 (F) upper foothills.

Click Here for more Information about soil temperature and evapotranspiration rates

Chilling hours (hours at 45 degrees or less, necessary for deciduous fruit tree production, from Nov.-Feb.)

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


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!


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 .

Find a Green Gardener-certified landscaper near you:
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.
Sunday, September 14
Butterfly Ecology Talk & Tour
11 a.m., Trellis at the California Native Plant GATEway Garden (newly-constructed garden at the Arboretum's east end, just behind the Davis Commons Shopping Center)
Join naturalist Steve Daubert and explore the ecology and evolution of butterflies, as we tour the new garden. Learn how the Arboretum functions as a butterfly preserve. All ages are welcome. The event is free; walking or biking to the event is encouraged. Please note that the Davis Commons parking lot is for shopping center customers only. Other parking is available in nearby public parking lots. For more information and directions, please call (530) 752-4880 or visit  
Saturday, September 20, 2014
What to Grow Under The Cover of Native Oaks
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
NID Business Center Grounds
Master Gardener Demonstration Garden
1036 West Main Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Information 530.273.0919
Learn how to incorporate beautiful landscaping around your California oaks without jeopardizing their health.
Discover how to identify the oaks on your property
        Learn where to plant around oaks to avoid root damage
       Identify landscape plants that are compatible with the light and water requirements of oaks
        Get the inside scoop on the do's and don'ts of planning planting under oaks
       Be sure to bring acorns and leaves from your trees for in-class identification help
Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014
Event: Pest & Disease Workshop
10:00 AM to 11:30, Sacramento Tree Foundation conference room, 191 Lathrop Way, Suite D, Sacramento, 95815
This class will focus on common pests and diseases that trees in our region are facing. From climate stress to poor care, many factors can cause pest and disease problems for your tree. Learn how to combat and prevent these issues while creating an environment for beneficial insects to thrive. The Sacramento Tree Foundation encourages you to participate in this interesting class and come prepared with any questions you may have.
Contact:  or  916-924-8733
Date: Saturday, October 4, 2014
Event: Acorn Harvesters Training
10:00 am to 12:00pm Johnson Springview Park, 5480 Fifth Street, Rocklin
Details: The Sacramento Tree Foundation is committed to enhancing the natural heritage of the Sacramento region by growing locally adapted, genetically appropriate native trees. Training is provided to help volunteers identify, collect and record 500 viable acorns (about 2 gallons worth). From October to December, 7,000 - 15,000 acorns will be collected. 
Contact: Please RSVP to Zarah Wyly: (916) 974-4307,
Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5, 2014
 Fall Sale at the Shepherd Garden and Arts Center
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Both days
 Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento
 Many of the clubs that use the Center will participate, i.e., Perennial Plant Club, Iris Society, Begonia Society, Bonsai Club, etc.
 Items for sale include: plants, pottery, jewelry, garden decorations, books, etc.
 Food will be catered by Evan's Kitchen.
Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014
Event: Tree Tour of City Cemetery 
Enjoy a guided tour of the City Cemetery to see and learn about the magnificent trees planted in honor of Sacramento's early settlers. Learn tips for identifying trees; understand the benefits that trees provide to our community, and more. The tour will begin inside the gate of the cemetery. Parking can be found across the street in the parking lot between 9th and 10th streets on Broadway.
10:00 am  &endash; 11:30 am, City Cemetery, 1000 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95818 
Contact:  or  916-924-8733
Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014
Event: 12th Annual Arden Park Neighborhood Planting 
8:30am &endash; 12:00pm, Volunteers will gather at Arden Park, 1000 La Sierra Drive, Sacramento, CA 95864. The tree plantings will take place throughout the neighborhood.
Details: Volunteers are invited to take part in the 12th Annual Arden Park Tree Planting event.  All trees, tools, training and materials are provided by the Sacramento Tree Foundation.  Participating volunteers are invited to a neighborhood lunch social follow the tree planting activities.
Contact: Please RSVP.  or  916-924-8733
Date: Saturday, November 1, 2014
Event: Tree Pruning Clinic
11:00am &endash; 12:30pm, Belle Cooledge Library, 5600 South Land Park Drive, Sacramento, 95822 
Details: Extend the life and beauty of shade trees by learning when and how to make pruning cuts, overall pruning strategies and information on a variety of pruning tools. There will be an optional walk afterwards on library grounds to look at tree structure and pruning.  Tools and materials are provided.
Due to the popularity of the tree pruning clinics and limited seating, attendees must provide a printed ticket or proof of registration on a mobile device during check-in. Those who do not have proof of registration may not be able to attend, if the room capacity is met.
Contact: RSVP is required.  or  916-924-8733
Date: Saturday, November 9, 2014
Event: Tree Tour of Sac State Arboretum 
10:00 am &endash; 11:30 am, Sacramento State University, 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819 
Celebrate fall and join the Sacramento Tree Foundation for a guided tree tour of Sacramento State University's Arboretum. The tour will begin near the Arboretum entrance sign on State University Drive North across from parking lot #1.  
Contact: or 916-924-8733

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