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February Garden Chores

Interactive Vegetable Planting Calendar

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

Sacramento Area Planting Guide for Flower and Vegetable Seeds

Asian Citrus Psyllid Info and Video

 

Quick Clicks

CA Native Plants For Your Area of CA

Plant Lists Categorized by their Water Needs

Plants For Dry Shade

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

 

The Drought and Your Garden

CA Native Plants Localized for Your Town: calscape.org

Low Water Plant Trials: Results

Sacramento Smart Irrigation Scheduler

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

 

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
                  
 Growing Winter Vegetables
                  
FRUIT

Fruit Facts from the CA Rare Fruit Growers

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

Growing Caneberries in the Sacramento Region

How To Prune Overgrown Deciduous Fruit Trees

 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? 
                  
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)

 

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. At noon, it's the KSTE Farm Hour.
And, you can listen to all the shows, live, via the KFBK.com and KSTE.com websites.
 
Available as podcasts, too!
Previous editions of "The KFBK Garden Show" and "Get Growing".
Plus, for news about California agriculture, it's the KSTE Farm Hour.
New Podcast links for Itunes podcast users:
KFBK Garden Show
Get Growing
KSTE Farm Hour
 
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" ON KSTE

Feb. 18: Cherie Sintes Glover , Urban Chicken Consultant : "Caring for Your Poultry Flock in the Winter"; Low water-use turf substitutes; three plants to turn your garden into a pollinator/beneficial airport. Freezing weather and your garden.

Feb. 25: Horticultural Consultant Debbie Flower : "Get Ready for Spring Planting"

Mar. 4: Sacramento Bee Garden Writer Debbie Arrington: "Get Your Roses Ready for Spring"; Warren Roberts, Superintendent Emeritus - UC Davis Arboretum :"Showy Plants for March"

A Clue for the Garden Grappler
 

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

Vegetables:

Planting Your First Vegetable Garden? Some Tips

Terrific Tomato Tips

Some Vegetables Require Less Water Than Others

Interactive Vegetable Planting Calendar

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

Why Are My Oranges Splitting?

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:

Battling Tomato Hornworms

Every Season is Ant Season

The Green Fruit Beetles Are Back

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?

Tips for a Healthy Heart and Thwarting Type 2 Diabetes

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

Fall Lawn Renovation

Plants For Dry Shade

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:

Rain Draining Strategies to Save Your Home and Garden

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

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Garden Data (through Feb. 17, 2018)

Avg. evapotranspiration rate this past week : .63-.84" valley; .64-.69" foothills.

Soil Temperature: 50-51 (F) valley. 48 (F) low foothills. 54 (F) upper foothills.

Click Here for more Information about soil temperature and evapotranspiration rates

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Chilling hours/portions (hours at 32-45 degrees-F, necessary for deciduous fruit tree production, Nov.-Feb.)

Nov. 1, 2017 - Feb. 17, 2018: Chill Hours: 642-779 valley; 473-968 foothills. Chill Portions: 57-62 valley; 62-75 foothills.

What is a "Chill Hour", what is a "Chill Portion"?

Chill Portion Requirements for selected fruit and nut varieties

Nov. 1, 2016 - Feb. 28, 2017:

Chill Hours: 796-933 valley; 900-1350 foothills. Chill Portions: 65-75 valley; 74-93 foothills.

Nov. 1, 2015-Feb. 29, 2016:

Valley: Chill Hours: 714-896 . Chill Portions: 68-74.

Foothills: Chill Hours: 744-1360. Chill Portions: 73-85

Nov. 1, 2014-Feb. 28, 2015:

Valley: 444-805 chill hours; 61-69 chill portions.

Foothills: 380-1095 chill hours; 65-85 chill portions

Nov. 1, 2013 - Feb. 28, 2014:

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 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, February 17, 2018  9:00 am - 12 noon
Make and Take Workshop: Sauerkraut
Sauerkraut is a naturally fermented cabbage. Natural fermentation is one of the oldest means of food preservation and reduces the risk of foodborne illness and food spoilage. In this Make and Take Workshop, you will begin your own cabbage fermentation.
Cost:  $20.00 *Pre-registration required, http://ucanr.edu/sauerkrautworkshop
Time/ Location:  9:00 am -12 noon at the Bethell-Delfino Agricultural Building located at 311 Fair Lane, Placerville, CA
 
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WHEN: Saturday, February 17, 2018, 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
WHAT: Free Open Garden at the Horticulture Center
WHERE: Horticulture Center, 11549 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks, CA  95628
For More Information:
UC Cooperative Extension, (916) 875-6913 or go to sacmg.ucanr.edu or facebook.com/sacmg
At 10 a.m., watch mini-demonstrations on:
Planning for late winter and early spring vegetables and herbs.
How to prune fruit trees, grapes, ornamental grasses and perennials.
Berry propagation and fruit tree grafting.
Composting basics.
Bring your garden problem questions to the Ask the Master Gardeners table.
Sacramento County Master Gardener 2018 Gardening Guide and Calendars will be available for $10, including sales tax.
Located outside&endash;rain or shine.
 
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SUNDAY, February 18th
QUESTION & ANSWER TIME
WHEN:    SUNDAY, February 18th, from 2-4:00 pm
WHAT:     UC Master Gardeners of Yolo County will present an open forum, with 2 presentations.
WHERE:  Mary L. Stephens Davis Library at 315 E. 14th St., Children's Area Conference Room.
DETAILS:       First presentation at 2:15 pm is, "What are Dormant Sprays and What Plants Need Spraying".  Second presentation at 3:15 pm is, "Pruning and Dividing Perennials"
 
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Thursday, February 22   7:00 PM
Sacramento Perennial Plant Club
Old Growth Forest  Presentation by John Kipping, former Director of Education at Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park, resident biologist for Audubon Canyon Ranch, and instructor with UC Extensions at Berkeley, Davis, and Santa Cruz.  The public is welcome.  
Shepard Garden and Arts Center
3330 McKinley Blvd, Sacramento 95816
916-823-5500
 
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FRIDAY, FEB. 23rd
STARTING VEGGIE AND FLOWERS FROM SEED
WHEN:    FRIDAY, February 23rd, from Noon - 2:00 pm
WHAT:    UC MASTER GARDENERS OF YOLO COUNTY will present a free workshop.
WHERE  The Arthur C. Turner Library at 1212 Merkely Ave., West Sacramento.
DETAILS:   Learn how to start veggies and summer flowers by seed.  You can plant tomato and zinnia seeds at the workshop to take home.  A question and answer period will conclude the event.
 
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Friday February 23, 2-4 pm.  
Robb Garden @ UOP
Hands-on Fruit Tree Pruning Demo 
Learn the proper timing  & techniques to prune fruit trees for the best fruit production - bring gloves & pruners. 
Free. Sponsored by the San Joaquin County Master Gardeners.
 
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Saturday, February 24, 10:30 am -12:00 pm 
Tracy Library
Composting and Vermicomposting (composting with worms) 
Please call 209-953-6100 to reserve your seat. 
Free. Sponsored by the San Joaquin County Master Gardeners.
 
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SUNDAY, February 25th
YEAR-ROUND KITCHEN GARDENING
WHEN:   SUNDAY, February 25th from 2:00 - 4:00 pm
WHAT:   UC Master Gardeners of Yolo County will present their monthly program on bringing gardening to the kitchen.
WHERE: Mary L. Stephens Davis Library at 315 E. 14th Street, Children's Area Conference Room.
DETAILS: The topics will include the following:  feeding citrus trees, starting seeds inside to plant in spring, adding compost to your garden;
 
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Tuesday, February 27, 10:00 am - Noon 
UC Master Gardener office 2101 E Earhart Stockton 
All About Tomatoes - From planting to common pest we will cover it all! 
Please call 209-953-6100 to reserve your seat. 
Free. Sponsored by the San Joaquin County Master Gardeners
 
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 WHEN: Saturday, March 3, 2018, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
WHAT: UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County presents "Worm Composting"
WHERE: UC Cooperative Extension Office, 4145 Branch Center Road, Sacramento 95827
COST: $25 includes worm bin, worms and educational materials.
Space limited; pre-registration is required.
Registration information: sacmg.ucanr.edu/Special_Events
 
For More Information:
UC Cooperative Extension, (916) 875-6913, sacmg.ucanr.edu, facebook.com/sacmg
The UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County will teach how this neat, easy and odorless method of composting is ideal for indoor or outdoor locations.  Learn about worm composting bin selection, how to meet the red wigglers' bedding and food needs and how to harvest castings.  Discover the benefits of being a Worm Wrangler and take home a worm bin with worms.
 
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Saturday, March 3rd, 2018
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
2018 Smart Gardening Conference
Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center
2101 E. Earhart Ave. Stockton, 95206
Registration is now open for the 2018 Smart Gardening Conference on Saturday, March 3, 2018. There will be 16 classes to choose from and the cost is only $25.00, which includes lunch! Spaces are limited in each class, so make sure you register early to get the classes you want.
 
Our keynote speaker is Ernesto Sandoval, Director, UC Davis Botanical Conservatory. He will be speaking about Big and Small, Public and Private Low Water Use Garden Projects. We will have UC gardening publications for sale at a discounted price, cash or check only. Master Gardeners will have various displays set up for your learning enjoyment and will be available to answer your gardening questions. Light morning refreshments will be provided. This is a great way to support your local Master Gardener program.
 
Questions? Call 209-953-6112. For more information and to register, click on the link: http://sjmastergardeners.ucanr.edu/2018_Smart_Gardening_Conference/
 
Speakers and Classes include:
9:00-9:45 Keynote Speaker - Ernesto Sandoval
 
10:00-10:55
• Common Fruit Tree Pests & How to Manage Them: If you have fruit trees then you probably have some of these common fruit tree pests. Learn how to identify and manage them to help improve the quality of your harvest.
• Growing Herbs: Herbs are easy to grow and handy to have on hand when you need a few leaves for grandmas secret sauce recipe. We will cover the basics of successfully growing herbs, some common pests you might encounter and how to manage them and different ways you can use herbs. 
• Cold Hardy Aloes for Northern California: Our keynote speaker, Ernesto Sandoval, will be staying to teach this class on Aloes that do well in our area. He has a wealth of information that he is excited to share!
• Master Food Preservers (MFP) - Strawberries: Learn about the different ways to preserve and use strawberries that you grow in your garden or pick up at a local farmers market. 
 
 11:00-11:55
• Gardening for Pollinators:  You can have a pollinator friendly garden without recreating your entire landscape. Gardening for pollinators can be easy to do with the tips that we are going to share in the session.
• Successful Summer Vegetable Gardening: Vine ripe tomatoes and fresh picked zucchini are just around the corner. We will cover the basics of vegetable gardening and give you some tips on having a successful summer vegetable garden 
• Proper Tool Care: Taking care of your tools is an important step that is often overlooked. In this class, we will cover tool sharpening and other things you need to consider in keeping your tools sharp and at their best.
• Master Food Preservers -Tomatoes: Learn about the different ways to preserve and use tomatoes that you grow in your garden or pick up at a local farmers market. 
 
 1:10-2:50
Classes in this session will all include a hands-on component. 
• Plant Propagation: In this class, we will cover some easy ways to propagate plants from your own landscape. You will have an opportunity to try some of the methods that are discussed in the lecture.
• Irrigation in the Home Garden: We will discuss some easy ways to convert an existing landscape to a more water efficient one and make it less intimidating. You will have an opportunity to assemble and explore a drip system, set an irrigation timer and see some other types of water efficient irrigation systems that you can incorporate into your landscape.
• Savvy Succulents: Succulents are easy to grow if you know how. We will cover some basic succulent care, pest management and varieties that do well in our area. The hands-on portion will be announced soon.
• Master Food Preservers - Anytime Jelly and Jam ($10.00 supply fee due at class): Join the Master Food Preservers and learn how you can make jelly and jam in your own kitchen. You will get to take home 1 jar of jelly and 1 jar of jam. Class size is limited to 18.
 
 3:00-3:55
• Gardening in Your Golden Years: Learn how to cut through a branch with the greatest of ease, take care of those knees, and avoid the bees. Take a new look at ways to garden that are easy on the body yet keep the gardens and gardeners looking good. A class for gardeners of all abilities.
• Landscape Weed ID and Management: Everyone battles weeds in their landscape at some point during the year. Learn about weed identification resources and how to manage weeds in your landscape.
• All About Composting: Do you want to reduce the amount of green waste going to the landfill and create your own gardeners gold in the mean time? This class will discuss composting basics than any gardener can do.
• Master Food Preservers - Herbs: Learn about the different ways to preserve and use herbs that you grow in your garden or pick up at a local farmers market. 
 
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