Placer County Master Gardeners

Ask the Master Gardener: Dull, dry rind means winter squash ready to harvest

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 ...

New Master Gardener calendar debunks the myths

If you think all herbal remedies are safe and effective — not so. Or that you should prune only in winter — also wrong. These misconceptions are among many others that Placer ...

Ask the master gardener: It’s always best to transplant a well-watered plant, not a dry one

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

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

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

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 ...

Mother's Day tour provides peek into six unique landscapes

It?s prime bloom time in the foothills and this weekend?s Master Gardeners? Mother?s Day tour will showcase some of the area?s most spectacular landscapes. Six gardens will be ope ...

Ask the Master Gardener: For gardening success, prepare the soil first

Question: How can I prepare an area for my summer vegetable garden? Answer: The first thing you want to do is remove any weeds, preferably before they go to seed so that you?ll ha ...

Ask the Master Gardener: Choosing the best vegetable varieties for food preservation

Question: I want to do more food preservation this year. I was a newbie food preserver this past summer and I found that my garden didn’t seem to be as productive as I needed for ...

Leafy greens are nutritious, unfussy performers in the garden

Kale, mustard greens, Swiss chard, collard greens, arugula, lettuce — they’re good for you and easy to grow Traditionally planted in the early fall for winter harvest, they’ ...

Ask the Master Gardener: F1 hybrids have advantages, disadvantages

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

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 ...

Master gardeners’ ‘gathering’ to kick off spring planting season

With spring just weeks away, it’s time to “Rev up your garden” — the theme of this year’s Gardeners Gathering set for March 3 in Loomis. This is the fifth year for the P ...

Ask the Master Gardener: Chickens in the garden need coop, fence

Question: I just got chickens and I want to let them free-range in my yard. Is this practical or will they eat my garden plants? Answer: Chickens and gardens are not always a prac ...

Ask the Master Gardener: Time to get fit for gardening chores

Question: Besides dreaming through seed and bulb catalogs, what should I be doing now in the garden? Answer: The heavy “to-do” list gardeners carry in summer and fall, follow ...