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Image caption: Cotton, foreground, and grapes are among several crops growing at The Farm at Cal Expo during the State Fair. The master gardeners' booth is nearby.

Featured: Garden questions and answers down at The Farm

Master gardeners field queries from State Fair visitors

Wed, Jul 17, 2024

California’s worst weed loves heat and is growing fast

Don’t let bindweed overwhelm your garden; tips on how to cope with this invasive plant

Tue, Jul 16, 2024

See lots of little webs? Spider mites love heat

Tiny pests thrive during hot, dry, dusty conditions

Mon, Jul 15, 2024

Sacramento Iris Society hosts one-day sale

Add a rainbow of color to your water-wise garden with easy-care bearded irises

Sun, Jul 14, 2024

Overripe banana inspires summer breakfast treat

New! Banana blueberry pancakes (with one banana lots of blueberries).

Sat, Jul 13, 2024

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of July 14

After record-setting heat, Sacramento gardeners may be getting a break

Fri, Jul 12, 2024

How to save a half-dead plant

Tips to rescue vegetables, shrubs, container plants and more after too much sun, heat

Thu, Jul 11, 2024

Celebrate gardening at Harvest Day on Aug. 3

Free event includes speakers, demonstrations, vendors

Wed, Jul 10, 2024

No zucchini? Grab a paintbrush

How to give bees a hand and pollinate squash, cucumber, melon and pumpkin flowers

Tue, Jul 09, 2024

Learn how to make compost at free workshop

Placer County master gardeners also host monthly Open Garden at Loomis Library.

Mon, Jul 08, 2024

California State Fair returns Friday with plenty of farm-inspired fun

Visit master gardeners at the State Fair Farm, pet a live sturgeon.

Sun, Jul 07, 2024

Fresh summer veggies, marinated and grilled

New! Pick your garden favorites for a quick side dish

Sat, Jul 06, 2024

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of July 7

Remember to water; Sacramento could be in midst of record heat wave

Fri, Jul 05, 2024

How to help honey bees survive in this heat

Water trays benefit these beneficial insects in more ways than one

Thu, Jul 04, 2024

Heat wave effects: You know you're a gardener when ...

Early watering and extra worries define these hot days

Wed, Jul 03, 2024

Cool workshops coming to The Secret Garden

Sign up now to learn about mosaic, terrariums, succulents and more

Tue, Jul 02, 2024

Hungry grasshoppers invade Roseville neighborhoods -- what to do

Lincoln and Rancho Cordova also affected, and that's just the start

Mon, Jul 01, 2024

What red-hot July means for our gardens

Sacramento could hit 111 degrees this week; remember to water

Sun, Jun 30, 2024

Pop apricots on the grill for this flavorful summer salad

New! Grilled apricot and feta salad with balsamic vinaigrette

Sat, Jun 29, 2024

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of June 30

July starts red hot; be prepared for record heat, high fire danger

Fri, Jun 28, 2024

Be prepared: Triple-digit heat could torch July Fourth

Weather service declares 'Excessive Heat Watch' for Sacramento region

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Garden Checklist for week of July 7

Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

* Harvest tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplant. Prompt picking will help keep plants producing.

* Remove spent flowers from roses, daylilies and other bloomers as they finish flowering.

* Pinch off blooms from basil so the plant will grow more leaves.

* Cut back lavender after flowering to promote a second bloom.

* One good thing about hot days: Most lawns stop growing when temperatures top 95 degrees. Keep mower blades set on high.

* Once the weather cools down a little, it’s not too late to add a splash of color. Plant petunias, snapdragons, zinnias and marigolds.

* After the heat wave, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, winter squash and sunflowers. Make sure the seeds stay hydrated.

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