Dave Hale

Grow For It! Planning this year’s veggie garden

Hello — this is your garden calling. Now is the time to dust off those seed catalogs and figure out what is going into the vegetable garden this spring. According to the UCCE Master Gardener Foothill Vegetable Planting Guide (available for $5 at the Master Gardeners office at 311 Fair Lane in Placerville), mid-February is […]

Grow For It! Poinsettias year round

Once the holidays are behind us, there really is no reason to toss out those beautiful Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima). With a little attention throughout the year, gardeners can get these tropical plants to re-bloom for next years’ holiday season. Growing poinsettias throughout the year is also a great way to involve children in calendar-driven activities, […]

Grow For It!: Plant an herb or veggie garden

Looking for ideas for starting and maintaining an herb or vegetable garden? Well, the UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County have a deal for you. Perched in the Sherwood Demonstration Garden at the El Dorado Center, Folsom Lake College, 6699 Campus Drive in Placerville, is an herb and vegetable garden constructed by Master Gardeners […]

Grow For It! Plant a small foothills backyard vineyard

Before starting a backyard vineyard, soil samples and any necessary soil amendments are critical. The Master Gardener office can provide references for laboratories that will test your soil samples. After this step, you are ready to get busy with your wine grape vineyard. Plan for vertebrate pests: you will need a deer fence. The Dec. […]

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