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Ask the Master Gardener: Dull, dry rind means winter squash ready to harvest
Tuesday Sep 18 2012
Question: How do I tell when winter squash is ready for harvest? Answer: Yum! Winter squash dining will soon be upon us! If you were smart enough to grow your own, here are some h ...
Ask the master gardener: It’s always best to transplant a well-watered plant, not a dry one
Tuesday Aug 14 2012
Question: I am someone whose eyes are too large for her planting area and I sometimes can’t figure out where to put my plant purchases. Time passes and I often forget to water th ...
Ask the Master Gardener: Rid garden of hornworms through tilling or natural predators
Tuesday Jul 10 2012
Question: Upon returning from my vacation, I found one of my tomato plants decimated ? no leaves, just the fruit and the leaf skeletons remaining. My neighbor advised that he had p ...
Ask the Master Gardener: Make your garden a welcoming spot for beneficial insects
Wednesday Jun 27 2012
Question: I have a backyard vegetable garden, which I am trying to grow organically. As a means of controlling insect attacks, I have been told to introduce plants that attract pre ...
Ask the Master Gardener: Delphiniums are beautiful but challenging
Tuesday May 15 2012
Question: I?ve failed with delphiniums in the past. Are there tricks to growing them well? And I am wondering if you can steer me to some colorful drought-tolerant annuals. Ans ...
Ask the Master Gardener: F1 hybrids have advantages, disadvantages
Tuesday Mar 20 2012
By Trish Grenfell Placer County Master Gardener Question: What does F1 mean when it appears after the name of a plant? Answer: “F1 hybrid” is the term used for the first g ...
Ask the Master Gardener: Orchids like high humidity, light — but don’t overdo the watering
Tuesday Mar 06 2012
Question: My daughter gave me a beautiful live “moth” orchid for Christmas and I have managed to keep it alive so far. Since I have never owned an orchid before, how do I take ...
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Monday Jan 02 2012
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
Monday Jan 02 2012
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
Wednesday Dec 21 2011
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?
Tuesday Nov 29 2011
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: Think mums for fabulous fall color
Tuesday Oct 25 2011
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 ...
Ask the Master Gardener: Are the pomegranates ripe? Here’s how to tell
Monday Sep 12 2011
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
Monday Aug 29 2011
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: Toxicity levels and safety questions arise in the use of herbicide
Wednesday Jun 08 2011
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 ...
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