Placer County Master Gardeners

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Question: I never water my lawn and plants in the winter, but am wondering what happens when we experience an unusual long dry spell like this December? Answer: Thank you for ask ...

Ferns are fine addition for yard’s shady spots

They can be delicate and pretty particular about location. But if you treat ferns right, you’ll have beautiful results. Roseville resident Judy Carroll, a Placer County master g ...

Ask the Master Gardener: Choose healthy poinsettias and treat them well

Question: What’s the best way to take care of a holiday poinsettia? Answer: Poinsettia is the best selling potted plant in the nation. It was named for Joel Poinsett, the first ...

Ask the Master Gardener: So you want to have a live Christmas tree?

Question: I am considering buying a live Christmas tree so that we can plant it in our yard after the holidays. Any helpful hints? Answer: Purchasing a living tree and successful ...

Ask the Master Gardener: Mushrooms can be both friend, foe

Question: Mushrooms have been appearing in a shaded area of my garden. I am receiving conflicting advice from friends about what I should do with them. Are mushrooms in the garden ...

Ask the Master Gardener: Think mums for fabulous fall color

Question: I love spring and summer because my landscaping has so many bright colors. It’s almost November and the summer flowers are fading fast. Any suggestions for a fall gard ...

New calendar takes whimsical look at gardening

For 19 years the Placer County Master Gardener calendar has provided daily tips and informative articles on everything you need to know about having a beautiful garden in the fo ...

Ask the Master Gardener: Are the pomegranates ripe? Here’s how to tell

Question: Several months ago I bought a home with a pomegranate tree and I can see fruit growing on the tree now. How can I tell when they are ripe? Answer: Pomegranates are rip ...

Ask the Master Gardener: Shedding light on sun requirements for plants

Question: One of the characteristics I try to consider when purchasing a plant is its light requirements but the terms used to describe the necessary light can be confusing. In pa ...

Ask the Master Gardener: Home-grown cabbages taste delicious and are easy to cultivate

Question: I want to grow cabbages in my fall garden. Any suggestions? Answer: Cabbages are a lot like tomatoes because there is really no comparison between the sweet crispy butte ...

Ask the Master Gardener: Simple steps can purge garden of many chewing pests

Question: How do I figure out what is eating holes in my vegetable leaves? I also notice holes in some of the ornamental plants around the yard. I know that I have some earwigs and ...

Begin preparations now for fall, winter vegetables

The tomatoes may not be quite ripe yet, but it’s already time to start thinking about the fall and winter garden. “I love that we live in an area where we can grow food 12 mon ...

Ask the Master Gardener: Toxicity levels and safety questions arise in the use of herbicide

Question: When I reported seeing a truck spraying my property, the city of Auburn told me they were spraying my streetside property with Round-Up for weed control. Is this pe ...

Ask the Master Gardener:Rotate vegetable crops for better plant health, fewer pests

Question: I’ve been told to rotate the crops in my vegetable garden. Last year’s garden was very successful and I don’t want to “fix it if it is not broken.” Answer: Cr ...

Ask the Master Gardeners: Big-eyed Bugs are good for the garden

Question: My son came home from school talking about Big-eyed Bugs which he said were “good.” I have never heard of them. Do we have them around here and why should I like them ...