Sue McDavid

Grow For It! The grand opening is coming

Last-minute preparations are currently ongoing for the grand opening of the Sherwood Demonstration Garden, the crown jewel of the UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County. This event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. There is no entrance fee, parking is free and the garden is open to all. The […]

Grow For It! Growing great mums

We are still in the hottest part of summer, but it is time to start thinking about fall color in the garden, and chrysanthemums or mums are the go-to flower for beautiful fall bloom. There are so many hues and petal formations that it will be difficult choosing which ones to plant. Although mums are […]

Grow For It: Choosing the right plant

Gardeners all over California are again faced with the dilemma of how to keep doing what they love — gardening — with the continuing drought. Many are wondering if they should even try growing anything due to the lack of water and restrictions on irrigation that are sure to be imposed. However, if your passion […]

Grow For It: Is that fertilizer really necessary?

Spring has definitely sprung and gardeners are already being advised by newspaper articles, magazine articles, friends, etc. to get outside and fertilize their plants. However, is it really necessary to do that? Since plants “make” their own food through photosynthesis, the focus instead should be on ensuring the fertility of the soil, not the plants. […]

Grow For It! Is that pesticide really necessary?

Are you the type of gardener that reaches for the handiest spray can sitting on a shelf in the garage when a garden pest is spotted? If so, stop. One of the most important roles we as UCCE Master Gardeners play is to impart to the home gardening public research-based information about pest management. This […]

Grow For It!: The Sherwood Demonstration Garden

The UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County, in partnership with the El Dorado County Office of Education and Folsom Lake College, El Dorado Center are forging ahead to ready The Sherwood Demonstration Garden for a public grand opening later this year. The garden will showcase plants and sustainable gardening techniques appropriate to the area, […]

Grow For It!: Time to divide iris

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 stems of bearded iris are called rhizomes which look like […]

Grow For It: Water-saving drip irrigation

It is doubtful that anyone living in El Dorado County or the whole of California for that matter who is not aware of the serious drought conditions impacting everything from household water use, home gardening, commercial agriculture, new home construction, etc. The list is a long one. We all need to do our part to […]

Grow For It! Is it time to cut those grasses back?

Ornamental grasses are one of the most beautiful and carefree plants in a landscape but some care is needed to keep them looking good. One common concern many gardeners have is the timing of cutting grasses back. This article goes through tips and techniques for doing that. Gardeners need to first know whether a grass […]

Grow For It!: Planting in containers

Do you love lots of colorful bloom and foliage but only have a small plot for gardening? If that is the case, container gardening is the answer. So many different and colorful plants can be used that can easily be changed out for the different seasons. However, first things first — what is put into […]

Grow For It! Using cover crops

This time of year many home gardeners feel they can sit back and rest, but the garden still needs some attention. One final effort can make a big difference and that is cover cropping; even small gardens will benefit from the use of cover crops or “green manures.” Tilling, weeding, planting, harvesting and foot traffic […]

Grow For It: Pruning tips

Many may think it is not the time of year to be thinking of pruning, but summer pruning has many advantages over dormant-season pruning. If a gardener wishes to keep trees from growing too large, pruning in the summertime will help achieve that goal by devigorating the tree … the loss of leaves during the […]

Grow For It! Caring for clematis

If ever there was a queen of climbers, clematis would be that queen. This fabulous vining plant can be trained to climb trellises, fences or arches over doorways. It has incredible flowers ranging in size from huge to more profuse, smaller ones in various colors. The vines of clematis twist and curl to hold the […]

Grow For It!: Gardening in a greenhouse

If you have gardened for any length of time, there comes a point when having a greenhouse looks better and better. Gardening is such a therapeutic activity and having a greenhouse allows this therapy to go on daily, even during the winter months when it is too wet and cold to work outside. Greenhouse styles […]

Grow for it: New plants from hardwood cuttings

Making new plants from cuttings is one of the most satisfying projects a gardener can do. There is nothing more exciting than seeing a woody, dead-looking stick grow into a mature, beautiful plant. Right now is the perfect time to begin propagating plants from hardwood cuttings. Propagation success occurs more easily because this type of […]

Grow for it! A little caution with these plants

Some plants, even though not on official do-not-plant or noxious weed lists should be put into a landscape using a bit of caution. The reason for this is that they tend to take over garden areas rapidly, reseed profusely in unwanted areas and generally outgrow their usefulness. The ones listed below are still attractive plants […]

Grow For It! Make your own plants

Like just about everything, the price of plants is slowly inching up each year, so why not “make” your own? Propagation of favorite plants using cuttings is easy, costs nothing except time and gives a gardener great satisfaction — it is so exciting to see a mature plant in the landscape that began as a […]

Grow For It!: Growing tomatoes from seed

Believe it or not, it is time to begin thinking about starting tomato seeds. In the last few years, home vegetable growing has reached record highs, with some surveys showing at least 90 percent of home gardeners choosing tomatoes as one of their crops. It is not hard to dispute this fact when home-grown tomatoes […]

Master Gardener: Beat the winter blues with some reading

The shorter days of winter are here and for gardeners, that translates into not being able to get outside as much. This is the perfect time of year to catch up on the latest information related to home gardening from the University of California. Web articles and books published by University of California Agriculture and […]

Master Gardener: Growing lilies

Lilies bring beauty, color and fragrance to the garden, with their only requirements being well-drained soil and sun exposure for at least half a day. Lilies actually love full sun, as long as the bulbs are planted deeply enough to stay cool when the temperature is high. If lilies are located where it is too […]

Grow for it: Container planting and soil

It is the time of year when everyone wants to get outside and see beautiful blooms around the landscape. Container planting is perfect for this because so many different and colorful plants can be used. However, the first order of business before planting is filling those containers with the proper growing medium. Plants like good […]

Grow For It!: Growing peonies

If there was such a thing as a perfect perennial, the peony would be near the top of the list. Planted and cared for correctly, it will continue to offer gorgeous flowers year after year. Keep in mind that there are two types of peonies: Tree peonies and herbaceous peonies, the latter being the most […]

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