Merry Campbell

Grow For It! Shade gardening — some challenges

Dealing with shade when gardening can be daunting, to say the least. Living in El Dorado County gardeners share two of the most challenging conditions: many trees creating shade and dry shade. The latter has become even more of an issue with the drought. Even if El Nino is bringing some much-needed relief from the drought, […]

Grow For It! It’s almost here — 11th Master Gardener Plant Sale

The UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County have been really busy preparing for the big plant sale to be held on Saturday, May 2 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Master Gardeners will again be open for business in the parking lot of the Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Drive, Placerville. In anticipation of the sale, […]

Grow For It! Plant sale, plant sale

The UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County have been busy this past year. The group has put on lots of gardening classes, staffed information tables at the county fair and at farmers markets, given talks to various clubs in the county, worked hard to continue building the Sherwood Demonstration Garden and in the “spare” […]

Grow For It! Rewards of shade gardening

Light shade, filtered shade, dense shade, open shade; what’s a gardener to do? The same things that make a gardener a successful gardener in sun: know the conditions of the garden. Whether planting in sun or shade, it is important to understand the type of soil: • Is the soil acidic, alkaline or neutral? • […]

Grow For It! Spring and the UCCE Master Gardeners of EDC Plant Sale

It’s hard to believe that not only has springtime arrived but that it is time for the semi-annual plant sale. The spring plant sale will be the 10th plant sale put on by the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of El Dorado County. The Saturday, April 19 sale is from 8 a.m. – […]

Grow For It!: Color and shade — a gardener’s challenge

Contrary to many opinions, achieving color, when also dealing with shade, is not just possible, but can be exciting to achieve. First, any variation of shade is admittedly difficult to work with when wanting to grow beyond monochromatic hues. But that just adds to the challenge. A key point to remember is that color can […]

Grow For It! The plant sale is coming

In spite of the hot weather, the Master Gardeners of El Dorado County have been hard at work this summer in all things gardening, including continued build-out of the Demonstration Garden, and of course, prepping for the seventh plant sale. The sale will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. […]

Grow For It! Shade gardening — challenge or opportunity

Many gardeners, when faced with a lot of shade, think “Oh no.” But with a little planning and understanding of the types of shade, that “Oh no” thought can become an “Ah ha” one. The first and most important thing shade gardeners need to consider is the degree of shade. The deepest shade is the […]

Grow For It! Master Gardener third annual plant sale

The Master Gardeners of El Dorado County have been busy this summer, enjoying the wonderful weather and doing what they love best — gardening. Many of them have been prepping for the third annual Fall Plant Sale to be held on Saturday, Sept. 24, in the parking lot of the Veterans Memorial Building at 130 […]

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