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March Gardening Tips

Spring is in the air, but we could have reminders of winter and hints of summer all month. Planting: Spring is the second season of major planting. You can plant all varieties of... — Updated 3/2/2024


March Garden Tips from the Master Gardeners

A typical March is beautiful with warm days and cool nights – perfect for gardening, which is good, as there is lots to do this month! Planting Plant all varieties of trees, s... — Updated 3/2/2023

 By Peyton Ellas    Homefront

March Gardening Tips from the Master Gardeners

March was the first month of the year in the original Roman calendar. That feels right to me. March is a month of flowers and growth, the first full month in which almost... — Updated 11/7/2022

 By Peyton Ellas    Homefront

Helpful Garden Tips for November and December

Autumn is in full gear this month. This is a great time to plant almost any tree, shrub, perennial, ground cover, wildflower seeds and the last of spring-flowering bulbs. While the... — Updated 11/7/2022


Master Gardeners' Tips for September and October

Perhaps you have noticed the days are getting shorter? A sure sign that summer is winding down and fall is around the corner. I think of the garden year not from January to... — Updated 9/8/2022

 By Peyton Ellas    Homefront

Garden Tips for May and June

While May can bring a mix of warm and cool weather, June typically means hot and dry, with occasional drops in temperature. Without adequate snowpack and rainfall this winter and sp... — Updated 5/6/2022


January Gardening Tips from the Master Gardeners

January can be a busy month in our Central Valley and foothill gardens. Hopefully, we will be dodging rainstorms and working on foggy days. That's what our gardens rely on for... — Updated 1/10/2022


Master Gardeners Offer Helpful Garden Tips for November

November is one of my favorite months in the California garden. I watch leaves descend, winds sway even large tree branches, and sheets of rain (hopefully!) wash off a year's dust.... — Updated 11/9/2021

 By Peyton Ellas    Health

The Edible Garden is Busy in September and October

Will summer ever end? September is a hopeful month that begins to remind us that winter will be here again someday. It has become harder to predict what kind of fall weather we will... — Updated 8/31/2021

 By Peyton Ellas    Homefront

Gardening in the Central Valley

A popular trend in home gardening is biodynamic growing. This style has been around in one form or another since ancient Roman times and maybe even longer in Asia. Although it is... — Updated 10/17/2014

 By Peyton Ellas    Homefront

Winter is a Time for Planning the Garden

Winter, the season of fewer garden chores, is a good season for planning changes you will make in the spring. Pruning deciduous trees and shrubs for safety or to control size,... — Updated 8/21/2014

 By Peyton Ellas    Homefront

Spring in the garden: Enjoy the flowers

Springtime in California gardens is a bounty of flowers. From fruit trees to roses to California chaparral plants and wildflowers, we enjoy an abundance of riches, even when... — Updated 8/21/2014

 By Peyton Ellas    Homefront

Removing the lawn

The biggest garden trend we are finding is the desire for removing the front lawn. Conserving water is the main reason for this garden renovation; reducing maintenance and... — Updated 8/21/2014


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