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FoodCorps supporters wanted

University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) and Gardens to Grow In are seeking a FoodCorps service member to work in Calaveras and El Dorado counties to run a high school farm program, increase the marketing and procurement of local produce for the school cafeteria and assist two schools in developing sustainable school garden programs. Next […]

Special class for budding young gardeners offered

The fun of growing plants and then showing them at the El Dorado County Fair, is the topic of a simple and engaging hands-on class being presented especially for school-age kids by the UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County on Saturday, March 14 from 10-11 a.m. in the Floriculture Building at the El Dorado […]

Grow For It! Winter Dormancy— gardening for the fourth season

The winter holidays are just around the corner and you have your garden in order. Spring bulbs are planted. Garlic and potatoes are in the ground. Your garden has been “put to bed.” Tools sharpened and put away. Tender plants are mulched and waiting for the anticipated winter rains. Most plants are entering their dormant […]

Master Gardener information meetings set

The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) invites adults interested in helping others learn about gardening to apply to train as a Master Gardener volunteer. UCCE Master Gardener volunteers learn university-based scientific information and then share that knowledge with the gardening community. Master Gardener volunteers are people of all ages and from all walks of […]

Grow for it: Time to divide Irises

By Sue McDavid UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County It is not too late to divide bearded iris plants that are overgrown or did not produce a lot of blooms last spring. Ideally, clumps of iris should be refreshed every three to four years, which produces new plants that will bloom profusely. The underground […]

Grow vegetables after summer

Would you like to continue to harvest luscious, home-grown vegetables even after the heat of summer subsides? If so, now is the time to plant for a fall and winter harvest. Learn how to grow a successful winter vegetable garden from UC Master Gardener Zach Dowell Saturday, Aug. 9 at 9 a.m. The three-hour class […]

New Master Gardener meeting location

The UCCE/El Dorado County Master Gardener class Foothill Gardening: Microclimates, Climate Zones and Weather set for Saturday, July 26 from 9 a.m.-noon will be at the Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Drive in Placerville. Join Master Gardener and retired meteorologist Steve Savage to learn about gardening in the unique foothills environment. Explore plant hardiness zones; effect of […]

Grow For It! Garden whodunnitts: Insect ID on the Web

It was a dark and stormy night. No, wait, it’s a bright sunny day and you are inspecting your veggie garden, fruit trees or some favorite plant in your yard. That’s when you see it: a bunch of murdered leaves. So, whodunnitt? You consider your list of causes: maybe I didn’t water correctly, maybe there […]

Master Gardener free class

There is a UCCE/El Dorado County Master Gardener free class open to the public on Wednesday, June 4 from 9-10 a.m. The class Show What You Grow at the Fair is to encourage local gardeners to participate in the 2014 El Dorado County Fair, June 12 through June 15. To help in preparing your entries, […]

Master Gardeners present workshop

On Saturday, Jan. 26, University of California Cooperative Extension/El Dorado County Master Gardeners will present an “Edible Landscaping Workshop.” The workshop is from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be held at the El Dorado Hills Fire Station 85, 1050 Wilson Blvd. in El Dorado Hills. Check-in and breakfast is at 8:30 and the program […]

Learn about proper rose pruning techniques

On Saturday, Jan. 12, University of California Cooperative Extension/El Dorado County Master Gardeners will present a class on proper pruning of roses. Join Master Gardener Julianne Melchor as she presents all aspects of proper pruning. The proper tools to use will be discussed as well as the right time of year to prune and different […]

Master Gardeners to offer training classes

The University of California Cooperative Extension invites adults interested in helping others learn about gardening and landscaping to apply to train as a Master Gardener volunteer. UCCE Master Gardener volunteers learn university-based scientific information and then share that knowledge with the gardening community. Master Gardener volunteers are people of all ages and from all walks […]

Master Gardener: Fire-wise landscaping — finding the right tree specialist

By Robin Stanley UCCE/El Dorado County Master Gardener Just when you are least likely to be thinking about fire danger, it’s time for our annual Master Gardener class on Fire-wise Landscaping. That’s because winter can be the best time for fire-wise improvements and maintenance on your property. This year, the class is tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. […]

Master Gardener: How to go about selecting a garden style

By Yvonne Kochanowski UCCE El Dorado County Master Gardener Have you ever looked at a garden and thought, gee, it just doesn’t look right where it is? It’s a pretty garden, well cared for and full of interesting plants. Something’s off though. Perhaps the style of the garden doesn’t fit the location. We can all […]

Master Gardener: What’s in store from the Master Gardeners in 2011

By Kathy Ruiz UCCE / El Dorado County Master Gardener 2011 marks the 30th anniversary of the UCCE Master Gardener volunteer program in El Dorado County. The Master Gardener volunteers will continue to offer a wide variety of forums for local gardeners. All information is research-based and verified by University of California experts. Topics will […]

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Master Gardener: Make those New Year’s gardening resolutions

By Debbie Hager UCCE / El Dorado County Master Gardener New Year’s gardening resolutions do not have to be difficult to accomplish in 2011. Longer days and warmer temperatures are only months away. So with a bit of resolve, determination and planning we can all have wonderful results in our gardens in the year ahead. […]

Master Gardener: Everyone has a favorite garden tool

By Sarah Preiss-Farzanegan, M.D. UCCE / El Dorado County Master Gardener What is your favorite garden tool? The only tools that occupy the small corner of the shed designated for my gardening hobby are several different sized trowels, a pair of trauma shears, two pairs of pruning shears and a full-sized shovel. The rest of […]

Master Gardener: On your mark, get ready — prune

by Sue McDavid UCCE / El Dorado County Master Gardener The holidays usually signal that it’s time to begin pruning deciduous fruit trees and ornamental trees and shrubs. To make this job easier, make sure you have the proper pruning tools to do a good job. Tools for pruning range from small hand shears for […]

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Master Gardeners have great 2010 holiday gift ideas

By Yvonne Kochanowski UCCE / El Dorado County Master Gardener For that experienced or new gardener on your list, 2010 offers many great ideas for holiday gifts. We always need more gloves or new gift cards for a seed catalog or nursery. As we all start coming out of our shells after tough economic times, […]

Master Gardener: The holly and the ivy: Care of Christmas plants

By Sarah Preiss-Farzanegan, M.D. UCCE / El Dorado County Master Gardener Food and family aside, a few of the most recognizable and popular Christmas traditions are plants. Holly and ivy plants, besides being a popular caroling tune, were the traditional evergreen bough brought indoors to celebrate the holiday before the Christmas tree was popularized in […]

Master Gardener: Caring for a living Christmas trees

By Kathy Ruiz UCCE El Dorado County Master Gardener Thinking about purchasing a living Christmas tree this year? It’s a great double-duty choice. You’ll have the benefit of a tree to decorate for the holidays and a beautiful addition to your landscape afterwards. For starters, select the location in your yard where the tree will […]

Master Gardener:Learning the basic principles of landscape design

By Yvonne Kochanowski UCCE / El Dorado County Master Gardener First, thanks to all of the people who supported our Master Gardener Semi-Annual Plant Sale back on Sept. 18. Your purchases help us extend our volunteer efforts in the community. So plan ahead, because the spring sale is scheduled for April 16, 2011. Second, many […]

Master Gardener: Plan now for dormant spending

By John Kochanowski UCCE / El Dorado County Master Gardener We can feel the hint of winter in the air and leaves are falling from your trees. Once the leaves are off the trees, it is time to protect them from next year’s pests and problems. Late fall and winter is the time to spray […]

Yikes, the dreaded peach leaf curl crud

By Kit Smith UCCE Master Gardener El Dorado Count The dreaded peach leaf curl is caused is by a fungus called Taphrina deformans. It infects both peach and nectarine trees. When you saw the curled deformed leaves on your peach or nectarine tree last spring, it was too late to treat the tree for the […]

Ornamental grasses are beautiful in landscapes

By Debbie Hager UCCE / El Dorado County Master Gardener The beauty of ornamental grasses is very apparent in the fall when the inflorescences (seed heads) are large and their foliage glows in the autumn light.  Grasses offer a sense of movement in the garden and display seasonal changes. Ornamental grasses add texture, form and […]

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