Trish Grenfell

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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 ...