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Summer 2020 eNewsletter

Inside this issue:

  • 40 Years of Volunteer Service!
  • "Three Sisters" Gardening
  • Victory Gardens - Something Old is New Again
  • Sherwood Demonstration Garden
  • Solarize Your Garden - A Wonderful Non-Chemical Method for Controlling Pests in Your Garden
  • Firewise Landscaping
  • The Master Gardener of El Dorado County Pinterest Site
  • Contact Information
  • Public Education Classes
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May 2020

Inside this issue:

  • Master Gardener Scheduling (COVID-19) Updates
  • Ways to connect with the Master Gardeners
  • The Joy of a Spring Garden
  • Central Sierra Victory Garden Project
  • Create a Habitat for Monarch Butterflies
  • UCCE Master Gardeners of Tuolumne County
  • Sherwood Demonstration Garden
  • Is Now the Time to Start My Summer Garden?
  • Free Field Guide: Weeds, Forages, and Natives of the Central Sierra Nevada
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July 2019 Class Announcements

Inside this issue:

  • Amador County
    • The Good, the Bad and the Bugly
    • Visit Us at the County Fair
  • El Dorado County
    • Fridays-Saturdays SDG Open Garden Days
    • Saturday Public Tour
    • All About Berries
    • Second Saturdays Open Garden Day
    • Control of Noxious and Invasive Weeds
  • Calaveras County
    • Open Garden Day
    • CalaverasGrown Certified Farmers Market
  • Tuolumne County
    • Open Garden Day
    • "Greek Geophytes"
  • Free Field Guide: Weeds, Forages, and Natives of the Central Sierra Nevada
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June 2019 Class Announcements

Inside this issue:

  • Amador County
    • Do It Yourself Irrigation System
    • Living in the Forest
  • El Dorado County
    • Fridays-Saturdays SDG Open Garden Days
    • Second Saturdays Open Garden Day
    • What's in Your Garden
    • Visit Us at the County Fair
    • Turning Dirt into Gold
  • Calaveras County
    • Open Garden Day and Plant Sale
  • Tuolumne County
    • Kids' Day in the Garden and Plant Sale
  • Free Field Guide: Weeds, Forages, and Natives of the Central Sierra Nevada
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May 2019 Class Announcements

Inside this issue:

  • Amador County
    • Creative Composting
    • Planting for Change
    • Plant Sale
  • El Dorado County
    • Fridays-Saturdays SDG Open Garden Days
    • Making Worms Work for You
    • Houseplants
    • Second Saturdays Open Garden Day
    • Water Resilient Gardening
  • Calaveras County
    • Kid's Day
    • Open Garden Day
  • Tuolumne County
    • Open Garden Day and Plant Sale
  • Field Guide: Weeds, Forages, and Natives of the Central Sierra Nevada - online booklet.
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April 2019 Class Announcement

Inside this issue:

  • Amador County
    • Berries to Jam
    • Plant Sale
  • El Dorado County
    • Fridays-Saturdays - Sherwood Demonstration Garden Open Days
    • Gardening in Small Backyard Spaces
    • Second Saturdays Open Garden Days
    • Plant Sale
    • Backyard Composting Basics
  • Calaveras County
    • Open Garden Day and Plant Sale
  • Tuoloumne County
    • Open Garden Day and Plant Sale
  • Field Guide - Weeds, Forages and Natives of the Central Sierra Nevada - Online booklet
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March 2019 Class Announcement

Inside this issue:

  • Planting a Kitchen Garden - Gardening for Great Eating
  • Pruning and Grafting a Home Vineyard

 

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February 2019 Class Announcement

Inside this issue:

  • Amador County Classes
    • Grafting Backyard Fruit Trees
    • "Bloomin" in Amador County
  • El Dorado County Classes
    • Spring & Summer Vegetables
    • Second Saturday Open Garden Day
    • Citrus: From Garden to Table
    • Sustainable Organic Gardening Workshop
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Winter 2019

Inside this issue:

Build a Cold Frame
Home Landscaping for Fire
Sherwood Demonstration Garden
Heritage Rose Project Gets Underway in Jackson
Sustainable Organic Gardening Workshop
Amador County Classes
El Dorado County Classes
What to Plant After Tree Loss
Master Food Preservers Classes

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Summer 2018
Inside this issue:
  • Pokeweed: A giant of a weed
  • Shade Gardening in a Mediterranean Climate
  • UCCE Master Gardener Training
  • Spotlight on Cardoon
  • Sherwood Demonstration Garden
  • Sustainable Organic Gardening Workshop - February 23, 2019
  • UCCE Master Gardener Class/Event Schedule
  • UCCE Master Food Preserver Public Education Classes
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Spring 2018

Inside this issue:

  • Sustainable Organic Gardening Workshop
  • Classes in the Garden
  • Spring Plant Sales
  • Free Seeds
  • UCCE Master Gardener Public Education Classes
  • Sherwood Demonstration Garden Open
  • UCCE Master Food Preserver Public Education Classes
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Winter 2018

Inside this issue:

  • Asian Citrus Psyllid News
  • What to Plant After Tree Loss Information
  • Sherwood Demonstration Garden
  • Public Education Classes
    • Amador County
    • El Dorado County
  • Plant Sale
  • Become a UCCE Master Food Preserver
  • Upcoming Master Food Preserver Classes
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Fall 2017

Inside this issue:

  • Hot Summer of 2017 Challenges Tomato Gardeners
  • What to Plant After Tree Loss
  • Composting
  • Want to Become a UCCE Master Gardener?
  • The New Backyard Orchard Workshop
  • Master Gardener Public Education Class Schedules
  • Master Food Preserver Public Education Class Schedule
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Summer 2017

Inside this issue:

  • Powdery Mildew Prevalent on Foothill Oaks this Year
  • Tomatillo - The Little "Tomato" that Could
  • UCCE Master Gardeners Participate in Farms of Amador School Field Trip Program
  • Keys to Plant Problems - Do Plants Talk?
  • Public Education Class Schedule - Amador & El Dorado Counties
  • UCCE Master Food Preservers Class Schedule
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Spring 2017
Inside this issue:
  • What to Replant After the Trees Die - tree mortality
  • Check Out Kurapia
  • Sherwood Demonstration Garden Opens April 1, 2017
  • Spring Plant Sale - El Dorado County
  • Raising the Bar on Raised Beds
  • UC California Naturalist Certification Course
  • Public Education Class Schedule - Amador & El Dorado Counties
  • Plant Sale - Amador County
  • UCCE Master Food Preservers Class Schedule
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Winter 2017

Inside this issue:

  • Holiday Plants: Care after Christmas
  • Farms of Amador & UCCE MGs of Amador County Work for Kids
  • Cilantro
  • Sherwood Demonstration Garden Winter Hours
  • Foamy Bark Canker
  • California Forest Stewardship Helpline
  • MG Class Schedule - Amador & El Dorado counties
  • Fair Judging of Preserved Foods Workshop
  • UCCE Master Food Preserver Training in Amador & El Dorado
  • UCCE Master Food Preservers Public Education Classes
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Fall 2016

Inside this issue:

  • Essential workshop unearths the secrets to healthy soil and healthy plants.
  • Brown Recluse Spiders
  • UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County Plant Sale - September 24th
  • Orchids in the Home
  • UCCE Master Gardener 2016 Training in Amador County
  • Public Education Gardening Classes: Amador & El Dorado Counties
  • Sherwood Demonstration Garden
  • Master Food Preserver Classes: El Dorado & Amador/Calaveras County
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Summer 2016
Inside this issue:
 
Creative Sustainable Ways to Help Your Landscape be Firewise
What's In a Name?
Compost, Coffee Grounds and Dormant Sprays
By the Light of the Silvery Moon - Night Bloomers, Brilliant Foliage and Fragrant Flowers
Public Education Gardening Classes: Amador & El Dorado Counties
Sherwood Demonstration Garden
Master Food Preserver Classes: El Dorado & Amador/Calaveras County
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March 2016

Inside this issue:

  • Quince
  • Sherwood Demonstration Garden Reopens to the Public
  • Bog Garden Observations
  • Is Glyphosate a Carcinogen? And Bacon too!
  • Spring Plant Sales: El Dorado & Amador Counties
  • Public Education Gardening Classes: El Dorado & Amador
  • Master Food Preserver Public Education Class Schedule: El Dorado & Amador/Calaveras
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December 2015

See Whats Inside:

  • Who's Lurking in the Forest
  • Citrus: Winters Zucchini Part 2
  • How to Maintain and Attract Pollinators to your Garden
  • Does Your Garden Need a Makeover?
  • Free Public Classes
  • Master Food Preserver Training Class Accepting Applications
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April-May 2015

Inside this issue:

  • Plant Sales
  • Have Gardening Questions?
  • Contact Us
  • Free Pest Notes
  • Drought Fighting Tools
  • Easy Way to Remove Small Trees & Large Shrubs
  • Youth Programs
  • Kildeer Nesting at Sherwood Demonstration Garden
  • UCCE Master Gardener Class Schedule
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September 2014

Inside the September issue of the Master Gardener E-News:

  • Fire Blight
  • Greenhouses and Coldframes in Upcountry Gardens
  • Shady Characters
  • Fall Sale: UCANR Gardening Books
  • UCCE Master Gardener Calendar Focuses on Beautiful Gardens with Less Water
  • Decorating with Live Flowers and Dried Seeds
  • Fall Flowers for Bees
  • UCCE Master Gardener Public Education Classes
  • UCCE Master Food Preserver Public Classes
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August 2014

Inside the August issue of the Master Garden E-News:

  • In the Kitchen Garden: Breeding Your Own Tomato Variety
  • Oak Trees: Brown Leaves and Galls
  • Sustainable Landscaping in California: How to Conserve Resources and Beautify your Home Landscape
  • Myths and Truths: Will Epsom Salts Make Your Garden Grow Better?
  • 2014 UCCE Master Gardener/Farmers Market Tomato Tasting Results
  • In the Hen House: Which Came First, the Chicken or the Egg?
  • Survey: Local Master Gardener Public Classes—When, Where, How?
  • Master Gardener Public Education Classes & Events for Amador and El Dorado Counties
  • UCCE Master Food Preservers—Free Classes
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June 2014

Inside this issue:

  • In The Hen House - Choosing Backyard Chickens
  • Gardening Quote For The Day
  • Myths And Truths -Are We The Only Enemies of Yellowjackets?
  • In The Kitchen - The “Other” Tomato Category
  • Wives Tales: Myth Vs. Fact
  • UC Cooperative Extension Cottage Food Operations Workshop Series
  • MG Public Education & Events
  • Master Food Preservers
  • Pest Notes
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May 2014

Inside this issue:

  • How To Have A Kitchen Garden In A Drought
  • Truth And Myths About Mulching
  • The Best Barnyard Chickens For Your Hen House
  • Gardening Quote
  • MG Public Education & Events
  • Be a Scientist for a Day
  • Master Food Preservers
  • Pest Notes
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February 2013

In the February issue of the UCCE Master Gardeners eNews:

  • Carpenter Bees - Why Should You Love Them?
  • Frost Damaged Plants: To Prune Or Not To Prune?
  • Myths And Truths About Keeping Cut Flowers Fresh
  • In The Hen House
  • Goldfinches In The Kitchen Garden
  • From Seed To Serving: Asparagus
  • 2014 Master Food Preserver Training
  • Thought For The Day
  • Master Gardener Public Classes
  • Master Food Preservers Classes
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January 2014

In the January issue of the UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador/El Dorado County eNews:

  • Attracting Pollinators To Your Garden
  • Got The Winter Blues? Get Organized!
  • Winter Garden Chores
  • New ANR Publications
  • Bumblebees!
  • Bumblebee Book
  • Public Education Classes & Events
  • Winter Master Food Preservers Classes
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December 2013

In the December issue of the UCCE Amador/El Dorado County Master Gardener eNews:

  • Don’t Part with Your Poinsettia; Don’t Compost Your Christmas Cactus
  • Honey Bees and CCD
  • Frost Caps for Your Garden
  • Feeling the Pressures
  • Public Education Classes & Events for Amador and El Dorado Counties
  • Winter Master Food Preservers Classes
  • Pest Notes
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November 2013

In the November issue of the County Master Gardener eNews:

  • Protecting Your Plants In The Winter
  • Have You Seen A Rain Beetle?
  • Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
  • Want To Become A Master Gardener?
  • Honey Bees And Agriculture
  • The Gardener That Master Gardeners Grew
  • Facing Fronts
  • This Month’s Gardening Quote
  • Public Education & Events
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October 2013

In the October issue of the Master Gardener eNews:

  • The Ravenous Redhumped Caterpillar
  • It’s That Time of the Year!
  • Demo Garden Wishlist
  • Rainscape Gardening
  • Life in My Garden
  • Tomato Tasting Results
  • Plant Sale for Gardeners
  • What’s Eating My Tomatoes?
  • Recovering from Wildfire Workshop
  • Firewise Landscaping
  • Olive Harvest
  • MG Classes
  • 2014 MG Training
  • MFP Classes
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August 2013

In the August issue of the Master Gardener eNews:

  • What’s That On My Plant?
  • Updated Pest Notes
  • What’s In A Name?
  • Overnight Brown Tomato
  • Goat Grazing For Weed Control
  • Bordered Plant Bug
  • Blooming African Violet
  • What’s Happening At The Master Gardener Office Gardens?
  • Liquid Fence And Bees
  • Annual Tomato Tasting Contest
  • Got Sick Chickens?
  • Caring For Home Grown Eggs
  • Oaks of Central Sierra Workshops
  • Public Education & Events
  • Master Food Preservers Classes
  • Pest Notes & About MGs
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May2013

In the May issue Master Gardener eNews:

  • Master Gardener Plant Sales
  • Weather & Pesticides
  • Ideas For Starting Your Own Compost Bin
  • Recycling Materials for Garden Use
  • Miners Lettuce
  • Updated Pest Notes
  • What’s Happening At The Master Gardener Office Gardens
  • Garden Tips & Tricks
  • Public Education & Events
  • Master Food Preservers Classes
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January 2013

In the January issue of the Master Gardener eNews:

  • Controlling Starthistle
  • Starthistle Growth Stages & Root System
  • Caring For Holiday Plants After the Holidays
  • UCCE Gardening Books
  • What’s Happening at the MG Office Gardens?
  • El Dorado County First Edible Landscaping Workshop
  • Last Call! 2013 Amador County MG Training Program
  • El Dorado County MG Demonstration Garden
  • Master Gardener Public Education & Events
  • Master Food Preserver Classes
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November 2012

In the November issue of the Master Gardener eNews:

  • New Butterfly App for Smart Phones
  • Edible Landscape Workshop coming in January
  • What About End of Season Tomatoes?
  • Just Published on the UC ANR Catalog
  • Automated Master Gardener Class Reminder
  • What's Happening at the Master Gardener Office Gardens?
  • Have You Seen a Rain Beetle?
  • November Master Food Preserver Classes
  • Master Gardener Classes
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October 2012

In the October issue of the Master Gardener eNews:

  • Fuzzy Sunflowers & Compost
  • Do you want to be a Master Gardener?
  • Experience an Olive Harvest to Learn about Olive Trees
  • Things I Learned From My Garden, Part 2
  • Winterize Your Garden
  • More Fall Chores To Do Before It Freezes
  • Pruning Fruit Trees
  • What’s Happening at the Master Gardener Office Gardens?
  • Start Now to Force Bulbs for Holiday Bloom
  • Artichokes
  • October Master Food Preserver Classes
  • Amador County Backyard Beekeepers
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September 2012

In the September issue of the Master Gardener eNewsletter:

  • Plants, Garden Facts & Fun Garden,
  • Food Safety For the Backyard Garden
  • All About Honey Bees
  • 2013 MG Calendars Available
  • What’s Wrong With My…?
  • Things I Learned From My Garden
  • Fruits of Labor Are Paying Off
  • Fall Is For Planting
  • MG Classes
  • Tomato Tasting
  • MFP Classes
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August 2012

In this issue:

  • Summer Pruning Guidelines
  • August Garden Planting
  • Lake Tahoe MGs
  • Weed ID Tool
  • Tomato Tasting
  • Cool Season Veggies
  • Looking for Empty Feed Bags
  • Invasive Pest or Treasure?
  • MGs at Farmers Markets
  • MG Classes
  • MFP Classes
  • Pest Notes
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July 2012

In this issue:

  • Peace Valley Lavender Farm
  • Locust? Or Grasshopper?
  • How Can I Garden Amongst The Deer?
  • Amador County Fair!
  • Master Gardeners At The Farmers Market
  • Shade In The Summer Garden
  • Lake Tahoe MGs
  • Discovery May Lead To New Tomato Varieties
  • Public Education Classes
  • Of Course I Can!
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June 2012

In this issue:

  • Master Gardeners At “The Grapest Show On Earth”
  • About Fertilizing
  • Oak Trees Dropping Leaves
  • Search and Destroy: Snails and Slugs!
  • Do You Have Foaming Plants?
  • New MFP Program: Amador & Calaveras
  • Get Ready for Fire Season
  • June’s List
  • MG Classes & Events
  • New Pest Note: Honey Bee Swarms
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May 2012

In this issue of the Master Gardener eNewsletter

  • Fire Adapted Communities Webinar Series
  • May In My Garden
  • Happy Gardening
  • About Pollination
  • Tomato Sale
  • Don’t Jump The Gun And Plant Your Tomatoes Too Early
  • Sock Destroyer
  • Peppers
  • Public Education and Events
  • County Fair

 

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April 2012

In this issue:

  • The Bluebirds of Happiness
  • Fire Season:  Be Prepared
  • April In The Garden
  • Just Beginning To Garden?
  • Fearsome Night Feeder
  • Amador County MG Spring Expo and Plant Sale
  • El Dorado County Plant Sale
  • MG Classes and Events
  • 2012 MFP Classes
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March 2012

In this issue:

  • Spring Plant Sales
  • Are Backyard Chickens a Trend?
  • Yellow Starthistle Control and Prevention
  • Pollinator!
  • March in the Garden
  • Yellow Starthistle Workshop
  • Classes and Events
  • MFP Fair Entry Class
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February 2012

In this issue:

  • You Did It!  All of You!
  • Camino Composting Basics
  • Fruit Tree Grafting
  • Horsehair Worm
  • New Revised USDA Hardiness Zones
  • February's a Berry Good Month
  • February To-Do List
  • Planner's Guidelines for Oak Woodlands
  • Public Education and Events
  • Important Facts
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January 2012

In this issue:

  • UC Wildlife Research Team Looking for Single Socks
  • Feed the Soil for Healthy Plants
  • Erosion: Problems and Solutions for Residential Properties
  • Be a Beekeeper Not a Bee-Haver
  • Free MG Classes
  • 2012 MG Calendars Available
  • Sowing Seeds with Style
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December 2011

In this issue:

  • Meeting the Challenges of a Hilltop Garden
  • Can You Identify This Fruit?
  • Get Ready to Prune
  • Caring for a Living Christmas Tree
  • Three New Weed Management Educational Videos
  • Old Christmas Trees
  • MG Classes
  • 2012 MG Calendars Available
  • Rake Leaves to Save Livestock and Deer
  • Pest Notes
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November 2011

In this issue:

  • Finding the Right Tree Specialist
  • Garden Tasks for November
  • Public Education Classes coming up
  • Scat & Scratches
  • What's That Bug?
  • Your Basic Bee Book
  • New ANR Publications
  • 2012 Master Gardener Calendar
  • Are Weeds Taking Over Your Garden?
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October 2011

In this issue:

  • Proper Pruning Makes a Difference
  • My Garden - October Tasks
  • Master Gardeners in the Media
  • Flea and Tick Control
  • Yellow Starthistle
  • Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program
  • Public Education and Events
  • Free Master Food Preserver Classes
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September 2011

In this issue:

  • My Garden – September Tasks
  • Unwanted Floral Visitor
  • From 'Backyard to Belly'
  • MG 18th Annual Tomato Tasting
  • What's Wrong with my Butterfly Bush?
  • March of the Cone Sawfly
  • Pepper Puzzler
  • MGs at Farmers Markets
  • MG Plant Sale
  • Pesticide Poisoning in Pets
  • Controlling Whiteflies
  • MG Free Classes
  • MFP Free Classes
  • 2012 MG Volunteer Training
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August 2011

In this issue:

  • My Garden - August Tasks
  • Onions: Seeds to Harvest
  • Poisonous Plants and Pets
  • Tomato Flower Drop and Failure to Set Fruit
  • My Garden Notes, Gardening Mistakes
  • Can-It-Forward Day
  • Where are the Ripe Tomatoes?
  • Tomatillo Salsa Recipe
  • Workshop:  Creating Fire Safe Forests
  • Master Gardeners at the Farmers Markets
  • El Dorado County MG Plant Sale
  • Reference Books
  • MyPlate Makeover Challenge
  • Protect Your Young Trees
  • MG Class Schedule
  • MFP Class Schedule
  • 2012 Master Gardener Training
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July 2011

In this issue:

  • Do you need a jackhammer in your garden
  • Small Farm Class
  • Eat Fruits & Veggies
  • Vacuum Packaging
  • No Summer Water for Blue Oaks
  • Name that Veggie
  • Forceps Please
  • Free MG and MFP Classes, and more!
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June 2011

In this issue

  • Are bees required to make tomatoes?
  • Bug or Not a Bug?
  • Food Safety Tips for Your Edible Home Garden
  • Yarrow
  • Take Steps Now to Conserve Water
  • El Dorado County Fair
  • Flower Color Different than Last Year
  • Save the Strawberries
  • Free MG and MFP Classes, and more!
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May 2011

In this issue:

  • May Garden Tasks
  • Wicked Bugs coming to Sutter Creek
  • Gardening at higher elevations
  • Is the time right for your tomatoes?
  • Healthy chips for smart snacking
  • and Dates to Remember. Look inside!
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April 2011

In this issue:

  • Gardening tasks for April
  • When to plant your vegetables
  • Foothill Vegetable Guide
  • Information on frost damage
  • How to get the best help from your MGs
  • Plant Sale Dates and more...
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March 2011

In this issue of the Master Gardener E-Newsletter:

  • My Garden-February Tasks
  • Roses from Hilde
  • Spring Plant Sales!
  • Let's Compare Notes
  • Webinar: Guidelines for Managing Oak Rangelands
  • AAUW Amador Home Tour
  • Hybrid vs. Heirloom
  • Fennel
  • Recipes for the Season
  • Free Public Education Classes for Amador and El Dorado Counties
  • Foothill Vegetable Planting Guide
  • Pest Notes
  • Online Gardening Answers
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February 2011

In this issue

  • Welcome El Dorado County readers
  • My Garden - February Tasks
  • Spring Plant Sales
  • February Down Slope
  • Miner's Lettuce
  • Book Review: The Home Orchard
  • Battling Codling Moth
  • and Public Education Class Dates
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January 2011

In this issue...

  • Start planning now
  • Split Pea Soup recipe
  • Great Garden Catalogs
  • Carefree Roses
  • Yellow Starthistle Workshop
  • Fruit Tree Grafting Clinic
  • and more...
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