Saturday, February 3, 2018

Sunday Feb. 4, 2018 from 8:00 am to Noon:
Organic horticulturist Steven Zien with Living Resources Company will will be a guest on Farmer Fred's garden radio talk shows from 8:00 am to 10 am on 1530 KFBK and from 10 am to noon on 650 KSTE. Fred and I plan to discuss how to get your soil ready for the planting season organically. We might possibly comment on horticultural topics that have made the headlines in recent days. Got a garden or growing problem or question, call in and we will do our best to answer your inquiry. And as always listeners will have a chance to win a valuable prize just by answering the Garden Grappler. If you can't listen live over the airwaves, both programs will also be available streaming live on your favorite electronic device or later after the shows as a podcast. Links to the broadcast can be found at the Farmer Fred's garden radio talk shows webpage.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm, January 16 - March 20, 2018:
The River-Friendly Green Gardener at Home program is a 10-week gardening seminar series for homeowners that want their yard to have it all. Discover how you can have a water-wise, healthy, beautiful, and pest free garden and landscape. Learn from the experts who have been doing just that for years as they share many of their tips and secrets. Learn all the dirt about soil health, compost, mulch, fertilization, native and drought-tolerant plants, keeping water on site, irrigation, edible landscaping/gardening, lawn care, landscape design, integrated and organic pest management and so much more. Among the distinguished instructors is organic horticultural professional Steven Zien with Living Resources Company who will provide instruction and humor making his Soils, Fertilizer/Turf Care, and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) classes both highly educational and surprisingly entertaining.
The course fee is only $55 for Roseville residents and $65 for non-residents, a real deal for 20 hours of quality instruction. Classes will be held at the Roseville Utility Exploration Center, 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd. (in Mahany Park). For more information and to register call 916-746-1550. Register Early before the program fills up!


Thursdays, 6:00-8:30pm, February 8, 15, 22, 2018:
The first of three modules of the River-Friendly Green Gardener Training Program For Horticultural Professionals offered by EcoLandscape California/ReScape California and will cover Building & Maintaining Healthy Soil as well as Turf Care. A healthy living soil is the key to beautiful, drought and pest resistant landscapes. Explore the wonders of Soil Food Web, how it works with your plants and techniques to encourage the assistance of this diverse population of plant friendlies. Unearth what fertilizers will encourage a healthy and diverse Soil Food Web as well as what fertilizers you need to avoid and why. Realize the differences between mulch and compost and how to best utilize each.
Soils expert and organic horticultural professional Steven Zien with Living Resources Company will educate and entertain you in his Introduction to Soil Science and Fertilizer and Turf Care classes. 
This first Green Gardener Training Module is a must for any horticultural professional with the desire to improve their skills, maximize their time and labor efficiency, increase profits, stay ahead of the competition, while providing superior, environmentally friendly horticultural services to your clients. With a fee of only $65 ($55 for EcoLandscape California members) the 7.5 hours of expert instruction (with all course materials included) you cannot afford to miss this unique educational opportunity. All classes will be held at the Sacramento Tree Foundation, 191 Lathrop Way, Sacramento, CA 95815.
For more information and to register go to the ReScape California events calendar webpage  (where you can also learn about Modules 2 and 3) or email: teresa@rescapeca.org. Space is limited so register early.


Saturday 8:30 am to noon February 10, 2018 or
Thursday 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm June 14, 2018:
This River-Friendly Green Gardener half day course, Integrated Pest Management II: An Advanced Perspective is back by popular demand. The instructor Steven Zien (IPM Advocate, DPR IPM Innovator, licensed pesticide applicator, organic pest management expert) with Living Resources Company will take you beyond the basics to discuss landscape pest identification (including new species arriving in California), key strategies to prevent pests, and management options from cultural controls to pesticides.
The seminar will focus on Holistic Pest Management, which acknowledges that plants and their pests function in a shared ecological system. Participants will learn how to keep this system in balance and discourage pests before they get out of hand. Since not all pest problems are pest related, know how to treat the cause of the problem instead of the symptoms will be examined. Solutions to eliminate intolerable pest problems with effective, environmentally-friendly management practices will be offered, including the latest eco-friendly products and how best to use them. 
Each attendee with receive a copy of Pests of Landscape Trees and Shrubs 3rd Edition and a 20x magnifying hand lens with LED lights to aid in pest identification. The best online and printed resources available with be shared to assist participants in their work.
The class will be held at the La Sierra Community Center, 5325 Engle Road in Carmichael California. If you are unable to attend this class it will be re-offered on Thursday evening June 14 from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm at the Folsom Community Center, 52 Natoma Street, Folsom, California.
Here is what folks said about the previous class offerings:
Steve is very engaging... I found the 3.5 hours to go by quickly.
He offers his knowledge and expertise to individuals in an easy-to-understand manor.
I appreciate his professional experience and tips.
Extremely knowledgeable... added some good humor to a somewhat dry subject.
Very comprehensive, great examples.
Mark your calendars or better yet register today. Space is limited so early registration is highly recommended.
For more information and to register go to the ReScape California events calendar webpage or email: teresa@rescapeca.org.


Friday, December 22, 2017

Sunday Dec. 24, 2017 from 8:00 am to Noon:
Organic horticulturist Steven Zien with Living Resources Company will will be a guest on Farmer Fred's garden radio talk shows from 8:00 am to 10 am on 1530 KFBK and from 10 am to noon on 650 KSTE. The Burt and Ernie (aka Fred and Steve) of a Wonderful Life in the Garden will be discussing a healthy living soil. Spend Christmas Eve morning getting all the dirt on obtaining a healthy soil. Discover what to give your garden as a gift. If you can't listen live over the airwaves, both programs will also be available streaming live on your favorite electronic device or later after the shows as a podcast. Links to the broadcast can be found at the Farmer Fred's garden radio talk shows webpage.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


Sunday Nov. 26, 2017 from 8:00 am to Noon:
Organic horticulturist Steven Zien with Living Resources Company will will be a guest on Farmer Fred's garden radio talk shows from 8:00 am to 10 am on 1530 KFBK and from 10 am to noon on 650 KSTE. The plan is to discuss "Fall in the Organic Garden." However these two garden guru's often travel down a scenic bypass or two that could lead discussing "California Healthy Soils Week" December 4th through December 7th. That is a short week but they will suggest multiple ways to help celebrate "California Healthy Soils Week" for a full 7 days and beyond.  Listen and feel free call in to get your garden and landscape questions answered and possibly win a valuable prize. Both programs are also available live streaming on your device or later after the shows as a podcast with links that can be found at the Farmer Fred's garden radio talk shows webpage.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


Saturday October 28 from 9-10 am:
Sacramento's organic advocate, IPM Advocate, and soil guru, Steve Zien of Citrus Heights-based Living Resources Co. guests on KAHI Radio AM 950 “The Voice of the Foothills” garden talk show. Possible topics include: The importance of knowing your soil, how going pesticide free is good for your soils and landscapes and much more. Listen in and learn and call in to get your questions answered organically.

River-Friendly Green Gardener Training for Landscape Professionals Module #3 “Plants in theCalifornia Landscape” will teach participants how to choose, site, and care for plants to create and maintain successful landscapes.

Horticultural professionals don't miss this excellent educational opportunity. Improve your knowledge and skills.

Thursday Nov. 2, 6-8:30 pm covers Right Plant, Right Place
Thursday Nov. 9 6-8:30 pm covers Integrated Pest Management
Saturday Nov. 18 9-11:30 am covers Pruning for Plant Health and Structure (include hand-on)
All three classes will be held at Howe Park, 2201 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA

"Plants in the CA Landscape"  can be taken as a stand-alone course; however, it is one of three in the complete Green Gardener Training for Landscape Professionals course. The other two were offered in September and October 2017. Completion of all three modules is required to become a Qualified Green Gardener.   All three modules will be offered again in early 2018.

Continuing education units will be offered.

For more information go to www.ecolandscape.org or call 916-945-0336.

Steve Zien, Sacramento's Organic Advocate with Living Resources Company, will be the instructor for the IPM class!

The module is filling up quickly so sign up today!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

October 6, 2017 at 11:00 am:
Come get dirty this Friday when Sacramento's Organic Advocate Steven Zien with Living Resources Company will be speaking to the Organic Gardening Club of Sacramento at the Carmichael Park and Recreation Building, 5740 Grant Ave. The subject of this dirty talk (yet child and grownup friendly) will be "It's All About Your Soil." Learn about a few of the key critters that dwell in your soil and the important role they play in plant health. Discover how to create and manage a healthy "living" soil that will yield healthy, drought and pest resistant plants. It's a dirty world so get out there and accumulate some soil life under your finger and toe nails.