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The Garden Report – June 12, 2014

The Garden Report – June 12, 2014

By Master Gardener Richard Huntley


Upcoming Events


June 14, Saturday  Placer Nature Center, 3700 Christian Valley Road, Auburnis hosting a “Backyard Composting Workshop” from 10 to 11:30 am.  I am the instructor and will be having a Power Point presentation on both composting and vermiculture.  With handouts on “How to Make Worm Tea”


Time to be doing “gardening chores” weeding (while they are small) check for snail, earwigs, aphids, etc.  Dead-heading spent roses and other flower for more flowers during the summer.


Harvest the old cold weather crops such as fava beans, lettuce, cabbage, peas, and others that are going to seed. 


Mulch around your plants to keep the soil moist and the ground cooler…  


For information on vegetable gardening in Placer County,  http://pcmg.ucanr.org and click on “vegetables” under the banner.


Latest problem is FIRE BLIGHT…. We are getting samples of fire blight being brought into the office.  It is one of the most destructive diseases of apple and pear trees.  First symptom, shortly after bloom, is blossom blight.  The blossoms turn brown or black and dies.  Usually the whole cluster of blossoms dies.  The dead, blackened leaves and fruit cling to the tree throughout the season. It can spread to the stems and branches making the tree look like it’s been scorched by fire. It is usually not noticed until late spring/early summer when blossoms and fruit shrivel, blacken, and die.

The bacteria survive by forming a canker that over-winters in cracked barks of the tree and become active in the spring. It can also spread into the wood of the tree.  The infected wood dies, turns brown, and dries out.  The pathogen spread from the canker by moving up or down the stem in narrow paths up to 1 ½ inch wide.  These paths can be 2 to 3 feet from the canker.

Possible solutions are blossom sprays; sprays prevent new infections, but do not eliminate wood infections.  Pruning the branches to below the infected areas helps.  Then of course, pick trees that are more tolerant of the disease. Most pear trees are susceptible to fire blight; while a lot of apple trees are less susceptible.  Varieties like Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, and Jonathans are the most susceptible to the disease.


Consult the site at UC Davis for the detailed information.  Just GOOGLE “fire blight” and it should bring up the site.






  • Auburn: Old Town Courthouse Parking Lot, Auburn-Folsom Rd at Lincoln Way –
    OPEN YEAR ROUND, 8 am – 12 noon * MG’s booth on 1 and 3rd Saturdays, May thru October


  • Rocklin: Blue Oaks, RC Willey at Blue Oaks Center, 6636 Lonetree Boulevard –
  • June 7-Nov. 22, 8:30am-12:30pm



  • Granite Bay: Quarry Ponds Town Center, 5550 Douglas Boulevard
    June 1-Sept. 28, 8:30am-1pm



  • Roseville: Whole Foods Market at the Fountains, Galleria Blvd. & East Roseville Parkway –
    OPEN YEAR ROUND, 8:30am – 1pm, MG booth , each week May thru October



Auburn: DeWitt Center, Bell Road & First Street, June 4-October 29, 10am-1pm


Foresthill – Main Street, June 4-August 13, 4pm-7pm


THURSDAY Rocklin: Finnish Hall (New!!) Rocklin Road at S. Grove Street, May 22-Sept. 25, 8am-noon


Got Questions?

Call the Placer County Master Gardeners Tue–Wed-Thu 9am to noon (530) 889-7388

And talk to a Master Gardener. Or call anytime and leave your number and questions and a Master Gardener will return your call.

Or via internet http://pcmg.ucanr.org/got_questions

Or visit the office at 11477 E Avenue, Dewitt Center, Auburn, CA

During other times, leave a message with the question and your phone number and a Master Gardener will return your call.    (*)  website http://pcmg.ucanr.org/Got_Questions//   (And will be answered via email)


The local county offices are listed below:

Sacramento County  (916) 875-6913           9 am till noon and 1-4 pm       Monday –Thursday


El Dorado County     (530) 621-5512           9 am till noon                          Weekdays


Placer County            (530) 889-7388           9 am till noon                          Tues. – Wed. – Thur.  (*)


Nevada County         (530) 273-0919           9 am till noon                          Tues. – Wed. – Thur.


Sutter, Yuba County            (530) 822-7515           9 am till noon (Mon. – Tues)   1-4 pm on Thursday


Yolo County              (530) 666-8737           9 an till 11 am                         Tuesday & Friday      

Richard Huntley

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