Get Growing with Farmer Fred

 

Plants and Pest Problems: Links

Other Garden Websites

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March Garden Chores

Quick Clicks

Sunset Plant Finder

Dave's Garden Plant Search

Roses For Shade

The Top Ten Roses for Sacramento

100 Roses for the Valley and Foothills

Vegetable Planting Calendar

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  

 

 Late Winter/Early Spring

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

Best Soil Temperatures for Vegetable Seeds

Why Rotate Your Crops?

Sacramento Area Planting Guide for Flower and Vegetable Seeds

Tomato Gardening: Tips and Hints
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?

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

John Gray's Top 20 Landscape Plants

Easy Care Plants for Privacy
Deer Resistant Plants (Alleged)

 

VEGETABLES

Best Soil Temperatures for Vegetable Seeds

Why Rotate Your Crops?

Sacramento Area Planting Guide for Flower and Vegetable Seeds

Tomato Gardening: Tips and Hints

Tomato Troubleshooting Tips

Blossom End Rot on Tomatoes

Grow your Own Popcorn !

How To Grow Giant Pumpkins

 Recipes for Your Home Grown Produce

FRUIT

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

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

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

Christmas Tree Care

 

More Garden Features

  Lifetime Master Gardener Fred Hoffman is the host of the "KFBK Garden Show" on NewsTalk 1530 KFBK in Sacramento, California each Sunday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., 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.

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

Water-Saving Tips For Your Yard

Planting Your First Vegetable Garden? Some Tips

Starting Tomatoes, Peppers From Seed

Growing Blueberries in Containers

Crop Rotation for the Backyard Garden

After a Freeze, What Should a Gardener Do?

Battling Sooty Mold & Scale on Citrus

Frost/Freeze Garden Protection Tips

Fall-Winter Houseplant Care Tips

Get Your Garden Storm-Ready

Dead Foliage Now? Leaf it Alone!

Weedkillers: Read the Label!

Battling Peach Leaf Curl

Bareroot Fruit Tree Shopping? Buyer Beware!

Know Your Fruit Tree Rootstocks

Controlling Snails and Slugs

Plants that Attract Beneficial Insects

Bring on the Bees!

Plants to Attract Pollinating Insects

Drain the Rain Away from the House & Garden

Have Horses? Avoid These Plants!

Safe Plants for You, But They're Poison to Your Pets

Yellowjacket Fun Facts! Control Tips, Too

The Good Bug Hotel

Make Your Own Planting Mix

Starting Your First Vegetable Garden? Some Tips.

More Tips on Starting Tomatoes from Seed

 

 

Interactive Vegetable Planting Calendar

Heirloom Vegetables Are Better For You

Plants for Privacy

Cat Proofing Your Garden

Crop Rotation Plan for the Home Garden

The Cure for Non-Performing Daffodils

How To Stake a New Tree

The Hazards of Overfeeding Your Plants 

 Winter Storms and Trees: Inspect Them Now!

Choosing and Planting Bare Root Fruit Trees

Controlling Fungus Gnats on Houseplants

Mulch Under a Citrus Tree: Pros and Cons

Before You Plant, Check the Soil Temperature

What's Killing the Bees? A New Study Offers Clues

What to Do in Your Yard AFTER the Storm

Mistletoe Control Tips

WELO is coming. Start Planning to Save Water Now

Crane Flies vs. Mosquitoes

Leaf Spot Problem? Here's What to Do

Plants Wilting in the Heat? Check Before You Water

Harvest Fruits By Look and Feel, Not the Calendar

Holy Jumping Oak Galls, Batman!

Hand-Pollinating Squash Plants

This Blog is for the Birds

How to Kill Your Lawn in 2 Easy Steps

UPCOMING GUESTS ON THE "KFBK GARDEN SHOW" & "GET GROWING"

Heard each Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to Noon:
 
Mar. 4: Taylor Lewis - Cornflower Farms: "Planting California Natives"; Warren Roberts - UCD Arboretum.
 
 
Mar. 11: Ben Watson - author: "Taylor's Guide to Heirloom Vegetables"; Debbie Flower - American River College Horticulture Department. A clue for the Garden Grappler!
 
Mar. 18: Steve Zien - Living Resources Co. "Spring Organic Gardening Tips"; Shannon Gordon - Sac. Co. Master Gardener: "Events at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center"
 
Mar. 25: Gary Doerr - Blooms of Bressingham

Garden Data (thru March 9, 2012)

Avg. evapotranspiration rate this past week : 0.95" valley; 0.89" foothills.

Soil Temperature: 50 (F) valley. 52 (F) foothills. 45 (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.)

2011-2012 Chill Season, Nov. 1 - Feb. 29 Complete

Valley (Sac., SJ, Yolo, Sutter, Solano Cos.): 978-1306 hours

Foothills (Amador, El Dorado, Placer Cos.): 1089-1952 hours

 

2010-2011 Chill Season Totals: VALLEY: 950-1150 hours; FOOTHILLS: 1311-1446 hours

 

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The online Farmer Fred Interactive Vegetable Planting Calendar for Northern & Central California is Improved for 2012!

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 the homeowner improve their garden in a water efficient way.
Sacramento, El Dorado and Placer residents: click on the link - Water Wise Gardening in the Gold Country Region .
 
 
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 UPCOMING EVENTS
 
 Saturday, March 10
Member Appreciation Plant Sale&emdash;Friend Us!
9 a.m.-1 p.m., Arboretum Teaching Nursery, Garrod Drive, UC Davis
Members only-join or renew at the door
The Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum will host a Member Appreciation Plant Sale on Saturday, March 10, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The event is open to members only; anyone may join at the door to get the first pick of beautiful spring garden plants, and all members will receive a 10% discount and a special member appreciation gift of $10 off their purchase. Shop from the area's largest selection of attractive, low-water, easy-care, region-appropriate plants including Arboretum All-Stars. Enjoy live music, refreshments, special exhibits, and children's activities. Expert garden advice is available. The sale will take place at the Arboretum Teaching Nursery, on Garrod Drive across from the School of Veterinary Medicine on the UC Davis campus. Free parking is available in Visitor Lot 55. For more information, please call (530) 752-4880 or visit arboretum.ucdavis.edu.
 
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Wednesday, March 14
Walk With Warren
12 p.m., Arboretum Headquarters, LaRue Road, UC Davis
Join Arboretum Superintendent Emeritus Warren Roberts for a lunchtime stroll in the UC Davis Arboretum on Wednesday, March 14. Enjoy the brilliant magenta redbuds in bloom in the grove named for Warren, then stroll to the Eric E. Conn Acacia Grove to see another spectacular spring display. Meet at noon at Arboretum Headquarters, on LaRue Road on the UC Davis campus. There is no charge for the tour. Parking is available for $7 in Visitor Lot 47. For more information, please call (530) 752-4880 or visit arboretum.ucdavis.edu.
 
 
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Thursday, March 15
American River College Horticulture Department Spring Sale
The Spring Sale will be held the 15th of March from 12Noon -6PM and the 19th of April from 12Noon -6PM. Plant sale features spring bedding plants, herbs, vegetables, selected outdoor shrubs and a big variety of indoor tropical foliage plants. Sale occurs at the Environmental Resources facility at ARC, near Parking Lot A, off Myrtle Ave.
4700 College Oak Drive, Sacramento 95841
 
Saturday, March 17
Guided Tour: California Native Plants Spring To Life
2 p.m., Buehler Alumni & Visitors Center, Old Davis Road, UC Davis
Standouts in the spring native plant garden will be the focus of a tour of the Mary Wattis Brown Garden of California Native Plants at the UC Davis Arboretum on Saturday, March 17 at 2:00 p.m. Two favorite California spring bloomers, ceanothus and redbud, should be in full bloom. The tour will begin at the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center, located on Old Davis Road at Mrak Hall Drive, across from the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts on the UC Davis campus. There is no charge for the tour and free parking is available in Visitor Lots 1 and 2 and the Mondavi Center parking structure. For more information, please call (530) 752-4880 or visit arboretum.ucdavis.edu.
 
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Sat. March 17
 
Totally Tomatoes
10:00 AM to Noon  Veterans Memorial Building  255 S. Auburn Street  Grass Valley
Information (530) 273-0919 (Nev. Co. Master Gardeners)
 Everything you ever wanted to know about growing your own delicious tomatoes from sowing seeds to savings seeds and everything in between   Learn to find the best location and what type of soil your tomatoes will love. Uncover tomato varieties- determinate, indeterminate, heirloom or hybrid.  Harvesting &endash; what you need to know before you pick.
 
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Sat. March 24
Seeing the Dirty Picture: Working with Foothills Soils
10:00 AM to Noon NID Business Center Grounds 1036 West Main Street Grass Valley
Information (530) 273-0919  (Nev. Co. Master Gardeners)
 Love and nurture your foothills soil and reap the rewards!. How to use amendments & mulch to improve food production in foothill soils. How to determine the soil types at your site. Learn how to choose soil adapted plants for the landscape.
 
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Sat. March 31
Prepare for Summer Vegetable Gardening
10:00 AM to Noon Veterans Memorial Building 255 S. Auburn Street  Grass Valley, CA
Information (530) 273-0919  (Nev. Co. Master Gardeners)
 Take eating local to a whole new level. Learn how to grow your own organic summer sweet corn, fresh crisp green beans and other yummy veggies! How to plan and prepare for your summer vegetable garden. Should I start from seeds or buy transplants?  Learn how to keep your plants happy.
 
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Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Shepard Garden & Art Center, McKinley Park, Sacramento
Vendor sale of rare and unusual perennials & more
Fund raiser to support the Perennial Plant Club's civic projects & support for the small nursery trade
 
Join plant enthusiasts at the Sacramento Perennial Plant Club's vendor sale of rare and unusual perennials.  Gary Doerr, local plant developer, will speak on the "Blooms of Bressingham", vendors will offer great plants for sale, there will be raffles, and other activities are planned.  The event is free and parking available. Coffee and refreshments will be on hand; places for lunch are nearby.  Meet keen gardeners and club members and buy a gently used garden book or two.
 
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Thursday, April 5 @ 7:30 pm
Sierra Foothills Rose Society Monthly Meeting
Address: Senior Meeting Room at the Maidu Community Center, 1550 Maidu Drive, Roseville
TOPIC: 50th Anniversary Celebration
More info: http://www.sactorose.org/sierrafoothillsrosesociety/
 
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Saturday, May 3 @ 7:30 pm
Sierra Foothills Rose Society is having it's 48th Annual Rose Show
Address: Crafts Room at the Maidu Community Center, 1550 Maidu Drive, Roseville
SPEAKER: Charlotte Owendyk
TOPIC: Companion Planting
More info: http://www.sactorose.org/sierrafoothillsrosesociety/

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