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Image caption: It was late March when the Demonstration Garden first opened at the Loomis Library. Guaranteed there will be more blooms, bigger plants and plenty of sunshine this Saturday for the Spring Open House.

Featured: New Loomis Demonstration Garden hosts first Spring Open House

Placer County master gardeners welcome public to experience their growing resource, now in spring bloom

Mon, May 27, 2024

Murer House hosts annual Lavender Day

Learn about all things lavender including how to make it thrive

Sun, May 26, 2024

Double up on cherries in these tender muffins

New! Ricotta the secret ingredient to these baked treats

Sat, May 25, 2024

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of May 26

Plant now as month of May ends with warming trend .

Fri, May 24, 2024

Summer is upon us -- do you have your tool kit?

Be prepared for quick fixes and managing garden info

Wed, May 22, 2024

Learn about summer fruit tree care, pruning

Yolo County master gardeners offer free workshop via Zoom.

Tue, May 21, 2024

Learn about Sierra foothill gardening at Open Garden Days

El Dorado County master gardeners offer advice for growing vegetables, fruit, flowers and more at higher elevations.

Mon, May 20, 2024

The Secret Garden hosts annual Succulent Extravaganza

Memorial Day Weekend event features thousands of plants on sale at Elk Grove nursery

Sun, May 19, 2024

Savory cherry sauce perfect for grilling season

New! Savory cherry sauce with sweet onions goes great with pork, chicken

Sat, May 18, 2024

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of May 19

Get ready for warm, sunny and breezy days ahead

Fri, May 17, 2024

Beat the heat: How mulch can save your garden

Layer of wood chips, straw or leaves helps plants cope with summer temperatures

Thu, May 16, 2024

Walk, stroll, ramble among the sights of a native plant garden

Free event Sunday includes plant sale, botanist's visit

Wed, May 15, 2024

Find cool garden stuff during Community Yard Sale at Shepard Center

Local clubs offer lots of garden gear plus much more at huge yard sale

Tue, May 14, 2024

See hidden garden gems of Tahoe Park

Sacramento neighborhood hosts garden tour, plant sale

Mon, May 13, 2024

Find hundreds of succulents, cactuses at this big event

Carmichael Cactus and Succulent Society hosts 46th annual show and sale

Sun, May 12, 2024

Chilled asparagus soup an elegantly cool dish

New! Spring asparagus blends well with green garlic

Sat, May 11, 2024

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of May 12

Spring growth gets heat check as Sacramento hits 90-plus

Fri, May 10, 2024

UC Davis Arboretum hosts spring clearance sale

Find bargain prices on 11,000 water-wise perennials, shrubs, trees, succulents, natives and more.

Thu, May 09, 2024

Master gardeners' Fair Oaks garden open Saturday for morning strolls

Placer, El Dorado master gardeners also welcome visitors to their sites

Wed, May 08, 2024

Mother's Day weekend tradition: East Sacramento Garden Tour

Six stunning private gardens, boutique to be open for popular event

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Garden Checklist for week of May 19

Temperatures will be a bit higher than normal in the afternoons this week. Take care of chores early in the day – then enjoy the afternoon. It’s time to smell the roses.

* Plant, plant, plant! It’s prime planting season in the Sacramento area. If you haven’t already, it’s time to set out those tomato transplants along with peppers and eggplants. Pinch off any flowers on new transplants to make them concentrate on establishing roots instead of setting premature fruit.

* Direct-seed melons, cucumbers, summer squash, corn, radishes, pumpkins and annual herbs such as basil.

* Harvest cabbage, lettuce, peas and green onions.

* In the flower garden, direct-seed sunflowers, cosmos, salvia, zinnias, marigolds, celosia and asters.

* Plant dahlia tubers. Other perennials to set out include verbena, coreopsis, coneflower and astilbe.

* Transplant petunias, marigolds and perennial flowers such as astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia and verbena.

* Keep an eye out for slugs, snails, earwigs and aphids that want to dine on tender new growth.

* Feed summer bloomers with a balanced fertilizer.

* For continued bloom, cut off spent flowers on roses as well as other flowering plants.

* Don’t forget to water. Seedlings need moisture. Deep watering will help build strong roots and healthy plants.

* Add mulch to the garden to help keep that precious water from evaporating. Mulch also cuts down on weeds. But don’t let it mound around the stems or trunks of trees or shrubs. Leave about a 6-inch to 1-foot circle to avoid crown rot or other problems.

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