placer county master gardeners

Demonstration garden is idea showcase for home growing

A gardening primer has taken root in North Auburn. The Placer County Master Gardeners’ Demonstration Garden, located next to the University of California Cooperative Exten ...

Ask the Master Gardener: Why do my roses have circular cuts on the leaves?

Question: My roses are beautiful this spring. The only concern I have are circular cuts near the edge of many leaves. What could this BE? BEE!  You have the answer: leafc ...

Mother’s Day tour is garden inspiration — times eight

Woodland vista, meandering creek, whimsy in flower and vineyard oasis will be among the sights on view at the Placer County Master Gardeners’ Mother’s Day Garden Tour ...

Ask the Master Gardener: Growing vegetable gardens in a drought

Question: Drought or not? I am confused about whether I should grow my vegetable garden this year. Any advice? Answer: Our recent rainy weather has improved the immediate outlook ...

Ask the Master Gardener: Commonly used pesticide linked to bee deaths

Question: I’ve heard much about the possible extinction of bees. Any recent news on this subject? Answer: The University of California’s March 2014 issue of “Re ...

Gardeners' Gathering: Learning from the experts

When selecting topics for the annual Gardeners’ Gathering, Placer County Master Gardeners take their cue from what they’re hearing from residents. “We try to ha ...

Ask the Master Gardener: Steps for growing vegetables hydroponically

Question: I read the recent column on hydroponics and although it sounds expensive, I want to grow vegetables hydroponically. This drought demands that we save water. However, I do ...

Ask the Master Gardener: There are pros and cons to hydroponics

Question: I’ve read that many supermarket winter vegetables today are not grown in soil but grown hydroponically, usually by large agricultural corporations.  Can I also ...

Ask the Master Gardener: Tips for starting an Amaryllis

Question: I found a sprouted Amaryllis bulb in a plastic pot near its opened “gift” box actually laying on the pavement in a parking lot. Not only does the bulb have tw ...

Home & Garden brief: Master Gardener calendar available

The Placer County Master Gardeners’ 2014 calendar, “You Are Not Alone,” is available for Christmas giving, co-chairwoman Pauline Sakai said. The 13-month calend ...