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Placer County Master Gardener
When to harvest the perfect pumpkin
Tuesday Nov 11 2014
Q: I successfully grew six pumpkins this year in my garden. Of course I wanted ripe pumpkins for Halloween, but I wasn’t sure if they were ready to pick for Oct 31 - I ...
Ask the Master Gardener: Tree preservation is important in a drought
Thursday Apr 03 2014
Question: I read the Auburn Journal garden article (Feb. 27) about keeping trees healthy in a drought. I learned how important retaining tree shade was to a healthy soil. And mulch ...
Ask the Master Gardener: When is the best time to plant summer crops?
Thursday Feb 27 2014
Question: When can I plant summer crops like tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, beans and corn? Answer: Wait until nighttime lows are above 50 degrees. Many area nurseries get summer ...
Ask the master gardener: Variety of factors can bring early fall color
Thursday Nov 07 2013
Question: Why did one of my trees turn color early this year? Answer: Trees turn color for a variety of reasons. As the days shorten, they go through a number of stages leading t ...
Ask the Master Gardener: Tomatoes suffer in extreme heat
Thursday Jul 04 2013
Question: I am worried about my tomato plants in this severely hot weather. What is the impact on them? Can I do anything to help them? Answer: Yes, your tomatoes may exper ...
Ask the Master Gardener: Easter cactus blooms in spring shades
Saturday Dec 22 2012
Question: In your last column you talked about growing Thanksgiving and Christmas cacti and only mentioned the Easter cactus in passing. I would like to know how it is different an ...
Ask the Master Gardener: Sooty mold likely caused by insects
Tuesday Apr 05 2011
Question: The trunk, branches and leaves of my pyracanthas (firethorns) are again this year turning absolutely black. It did the same thing last year, losing many of its leaves by ...
Ask the Master Gardeners - September is good time to divide summer-blooming perennials
Wednesday Sep 03 2008
Question: I want to divide my perennials this fall. How do I do it? Answer: Great idea! Overgrown perennials tend to have fewer blooms. In general, it is best to divide spring and ...
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