placer county master gardeners

Ask the Master Gardener: Pruning tomatoes — when, why, how and varieties that need it

Question: Two experienced gardeners in my garden club prune their tomato plants. What is the benefit and how do I do it? Answer: There are many theories out there and even univer ...

Drought-friendly plants star in gone with the lawn

For about 10 years, the front yard of Pauline Sakai’s Roseville home was a vision of lush green manicured lawn. But not anymore. “Being a master gardener, I always ...

Ask the Master Gardener: Much ado about mulch

Q:  My water agency recommends applying a thick mulch around landscape plants to reduce water use. What should I use as mulch? A:  Mulch is any material that you put ...

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 ...