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. At noon, it's the
can listen to all the shows, live, via
editions of "The
the KSTE Farm Hour.
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
KSTE Farm Hour
ON THE "KFBK GARDEN SHOW" &
12: Warren Roberts,
UC Davis Arboretum:
"Garden Standouts of Summer"; Don Shor -
in Davis: "Tomato Troubles"
Scott Paris, High
- Loomis: "Melon Mania"
Master Gardeners Judy McClure and Shannon
Oaks Horticulture Center's Harvest
Clue for the Garden
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 July 18, 2015)
Avg. evapotranspiration rate this past
week : 1.7-1.8" valley; 1.8"-1.97" foothills.
Soil Temperature: 72-83 (F)
valley. 82 (F) low foothills. 66 (F) upper
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-Feb. 28, 2015:
Valley: 444-805 chill hours; 61-69 chill
Foothills: 380-1095 chill hours; 65-85 chill
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
Saturday, July 25,
Lake of the Sky Garden
2015 Truckee Garden
Lake of the Sky Garden
Club will host its 27th annual garden tour, the Truckee
Garden Tour, on Saturday, July 25, 2015, from 10am to
4pm. View 8 gardens and landscaping at Truckee Donner
Community Recreation Center, where light refreshments will
be served. Tickets are $25. Tickets may be
purchased after June 15th at local Tahoe/Truckee nurseries.
Supplies are limited and may not be available on tour day,
so be sure to get your tickets early. For more
information, visit www.lake-of-the-sky.org.
Saturday, Aug. 1,
Harvest Day at the
Fair Oaks Horticulture Center
The garden event of
the year for Sacramento-area gardeners. Speakers, fruit
tasting, informational tables, and the outstanding gardens
of the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center. Free! Adjacent to Fair
11549 Fair Oaks Blvd.
Fair Oaks, CA
information about the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center and
10 a.m., Ruth Risdon
Storer Garden, UC Davis Arboretum
Is your garden
sizzling? Succulents can take the heat, even in mid-summer!
See examples of succulents of all sizes in the Ruth Risdon
Storer Garden and learn how to grow them in your home
garden. The event is free; parking is available at no
charge on the weekends along Garrod Drive near Storer
Garden 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.
Butterflies Up Close:
Talk & Tour
10 a.m., Wyatt Deck,
UC Davis campus
Join naturalist Steve
Daubert in the Arboretum to explore the ecology and
evolution of butterflies. Get a closer look at how the
Arboretum functions as a butterfly preserve. All ages are
welcome. The event is free; there is no charge for
parking on the weekends in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis
Road and Arboretum Drive. For more information, please call
(530) 752-4880 or visit http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/calendar.aspx.