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July 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? 
                  
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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)

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

 

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

 

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"

 
July 13: Debbie Arrington - Sacramento Bee garden writer:" Summer Rose Care"; Warren Roberts - UC Davis Arboretum;
 
July 20: Steve Zien - Living Resources Co.: "What's Bugging You?"; Eric Trygg - Sacramento Bromeliad and Carniverous Plant Society Show and Sale July 26-27. Amigo Bob Cantisano-Felix Gillet Institute: "Saving Heirloom Fruit and Nut Trees"
 
July 27: Judy McClure, Shannon Gordon - Sacramento Co. Master Gardeners: "Harvest Day at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center on August 2". Eric Trygg - Sacramento Bromeliad and Carniverous Plant Society Show and Sale July 26-27.
 
 
 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:

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:

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 July 19, 2014)

Avg. evapotranspiration rate this past week : 1.7" valley; 1.8" foothills.

Soil Temperature: 73 (F) valley. 80 (F) low foothills. 69 (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

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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, July 19

The Sacramento Iris Society will be holding a one day sale of recently dug iris rhizomes on Saturday, July 19, at the Sacramento Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd.  Hours are from 9 until 5.  Hundreds of varieties will be available.  Each specimen will be labeled with the cultivar name and a description of the flower appearance.  we will have a large selection of rebloomers, which have an extended bloom season.  A demonstration table will be set up to show how rhizomes should be planted.  New this year is a labeling station that will allow you to prepare a permanent garden label for each of you iris purchases before you leave.  Remember that irises are drought resistant which makes them ideal additions to Valley gardens.

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Sunday, July 20
Planting with Natives
10 a.m., Buehler Alumni Center, UC Davis campus
Native plants make beautiful and water-conserving additions to home gardens. Get ideas of what natives to add to your landscape, plus tips on when and how to plant them, on this walking tour of the Mary Wattis Brown Garden of California Native Plants. The event is free; free parking is available in nearby Gateway District Parking Lot. For more information and directions, please call (530) 752-4880 or visit http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/calendar.aspx.
 
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Date:  Saturday, July 26, 2014
Event:  UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado Class on:  "Foothill Gardening:  Microclimates, Climate Zones and Weather Trends."
Time and Location:  9am to 12 Noon.  Government Center Hearing Room, Building C, 2850 Fairlane Ct., Placerville
Details:  Join Master Gardener and retired meteorologist Steve Savage to learn about gardening in the unique Foothills environment.  Explore plant hardiness zones; effect of light, heat, and terrain on plants; micro-climates; frost formation and protection; and how to make short range forecasts for your garden.
Contact:  Master Gardener office: (530)621-5512 or email: mgeldorado@ucdavis.edu or website: http://ceeldorado.ucanr.edu
 
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Date:  Saturday, July 26, 2014
Event:  UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado Class on:  "Foothill Gardening:  Microclimates, Climate Zones and Weather Trends."
Time and Location:  9am to 12 Noon.  Government Center Hearing Room, Building C, 2850 Fairlane Ct., Placerville
Details:  Join Master Gardener and retired meteorologist Steve Savage to learn about gardening in the unique Foothills environment.  Explore plant hardiness zones; effect of light, heat, and terrain on plants; micro-climates; frost formation and protection; and how to make short range forecasts for your garden.
Contact:  Master Gardener office: (530)621-5512 or email: mgeldorado@ucdavis.edu or website: http://ceeldorado.ucanr.edu
 
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Saturday, August 2
Succulents That Sizzle
10 a.m., Gazebo, UC Davis Arboretum, UC Davis campus
Need plants for your garden that can take the heat? Try succulents! They will surprise you with their diversity and beauty, even in mid-summer. The event is free; free parking is available in nearby Visitor Parking Lot 55 or on the street.  For more information and directions, please call (530) 752-4880 or visit http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/calendar.aspx.
 
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Saturday, August 2, 8am-2pm
Harvest Day at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center
 
 11549 Fair Oaks Boulevard
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
 
Listen to great speakers. Taste tree ripened fruit, grapes and cherry tomatoes.  Get your gardening questions answered at the Plant Clinic. Visit the educational tables. Tour the demonstration gardens and the Fair Oaks Community Gardens. Free admission, Free parking!
 
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Saturday, August 2, 2014
A Home Gardener's Guide to Seed Saving
10:00 AM to Noon              
Nevada County Master Gardeners' Demonstration Garden
at the NID Business Center Grounds
1036 West Main Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Information (530) 273-0919
 
Save money and increase your garden's sustainability by learning to save your own seeds! 
 
• Discover the benefits of seed saving and how to preserve heirloom varieties for posterity
• Explore the differences between hybrid and open-pollinated varieties
• Learn about seed harvesting and proper storage techniques
• Participate in seed saving demonstrations
 
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Date:  Saturday, August 9, 2014
Event:  UCCE/Master Gardeners of El Dorado Public Class on "Fall and Winter Vegetables."
Time and Location:  9:00 AM to Noon.  Veterans Memorial Hall, 130 Placerville Dr,. Placerville
Details:  Would you like to continue to harvest luscious, home-grown vegetables even after the heat of summer subsides? If so, now is the time to plant for a Fall and Winter harvest. Learn how to grow a successful winter vegetable garden from UC Master Gardener Zach Dowell.
Contact:  Master Gardener office @ (530)621-5502 or email mgeldorado@ucdavis.edu  or website: http://ceeldorado@ucanr.edu
 
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Saturday, August 16
What's Up with Plants Down Under?
10 a.m., Wyatt Deck, UC Davis Arboretum (just off Arboretum Drive), UC Davis campus
What a difference a hemisphere makes! Explore the unusual and interesting plants in the Australian and New Zealand collection at the east end of the Arboretum. Many of these plants grow well in our climate. 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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Saturdy, August 23, 2014
Fall and Winter Vegetable Gardening is Cool
10:00 AM to Noon              
Nevada County Master Gardeners' Demonstration Garden
at the NID Business Center Grounds
1036 West Main Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Information (530) 273-0919
 
Vegetable gardening isn't just for summer! Learn how to grow food all year long.
 
• Discover cool-season crops and how to grow them
• Learn the importance of soil temperature for germination
• Discover the varieties and benefits of cover crops
• Learn about seed starting, direct seeding vs. starting seed in containers
• Season extenders
 
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Saturday, August 30, 2014
All About Composting - Put your Pine Needles, Fallen Leaves and Wood Chips to Work
10:00 AM to Noon              
Nevada County Master Gardeners' Demonstration Garden
at the NID Business Center Grounds
1036 West Main Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Information (530) 273-0919
 
Learn all about using naturally available materials as mulch and turning materials on hand into amazing compost.
 
• Discover the benefits of compost both to your garden and to our environment
• Explore different methods of composting from the sophisticated to the lazy man's method.
• Learn how mulching reduces weeds and insulates the soil
• Get creative in using the materials that you have on hand
 
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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 http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/calendar.aspx.  
 
 
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