There is so much to do these next three months in your garden! Not only upkeep of your flowers, vegetables and fruit trees but attending workshops to help improve your techniques and knowledge so that you can use them to improve your garden. You should remember to feed your summer bloomers and continue mulching around plants to control weeds/keep in moisture. If they were crowded, don’t forget to divide daffodils and tulips once their tops have dried up. Feed camellias, azaleas and any other acid loving plants after bloom. They can be lightly trimmed for shape. In the latter part of June, trim back Shasta daisies as well. Chrysanthemums can be lightly trimmed so that they delay bloom until fall.

Set up a routine watering schedule based on soil moisture that takes into account the increase and duration in hot weather as the summer months go by. For lawns, occasionally water deeply between midnight and 9 a.m. Harvest vegetables regularly to promote more blooms, growth and/or maturing. Cut off spent blooms on perennials and annuals to continue blooming periods. Clean up debris around fruit trees to avoid pest problems. Don’t forget to fertilize your vegetables every two weeks unless otherwise instructed by your fertilizer instructions. Set up calendar reminders for many of the repeat tasks, whether on your phone calendar or hard copy calendar to help you remember what is due when.

Regularly inspect your vegetables for pests and pick or wash them off, if possible. You can contact Placer County Master Gardeners Hotline at 530-889-7388 (Tu, Wed, Th 9am-noon), website: pcmg.ucanr.org for general questions or information and possible identification of the pest(s) in your garden. Another option is to bring damaged leaf and bug to your garden center for identification. If possible, choose low level pest solutions to protect pets and wildlife by starting out with natural/organic soap (aphids, whiteflies, etc) or Bt (worm/caterpillar) insecticides.

Events to attend

Placer county

Saturday, June 8, 10am-Noon

“What’s the Buzz About Pollinators" Workshop Roseville Utility Exploration Center, 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville

Small fee; register at (916) 746-1550

Saturday, August 3, 10:30-11:30am

“Planting a Winter Garden—NOW???" (+Cover Crops) Workshop

Free, Loomis Library, 6050 Library Drive, Loomis

Nevada county

Saturday, June 1, 10am-noon 10 am-noon -The Wonders of Weeds

Master Gardener Demonstration Garden Pavilion (on NID grounds) 1036 W. Main St, GV

Saturday, June 22, 2019, 10am-noon- Garden Makeover – Lawn to Landscape

Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, address above.

Saturday, August 3, 10am-noon-Saving seeds basics

Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, address above.

Saturday, August 17, 10am-noon- Compost is the Gardener’s Best Friend

Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, address above.

Saturday, August 24, 10am-noon-Broccoli & Lettuce & Kale, Oh MY! Growing Cool Season Vegetables In The Foothills

Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, address above.

Sacramento county

Saturday, June 15, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sacramento Master Gardeners

Fair Oaks Horticulture Center, 11549 Fair Oaks Boulevard, Fair Oaks, CA 95628

Open House, numerous demonstrations

Submitted by Marjene Streeper

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