Placer County Master Gardeners

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 ...

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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 ...