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Celebrate Earth Day this weekend in Sacramento

Southside Park hosts huge event packed with eco-friendly advice and services

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(Sacramento Earth Day logo by Dana Gray
via Environmental Council of Sacramento)

It’s time to give Mother Earth a hug.

Today (April 22) is Earth Day, but most local celebrations will be held this weekend. The biggest is “Sacramento Earth Day,” to be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 24, at Southside Park.

“Sacramento Earth Day is the largest Earth Day celebration in the Sacramento region, providing people with the knowledge and means to take care of our Earth,” say the organizers.

This year’s theme is “In This Together,” and this Earth Day event will certainly have a lot of togetherness. Thousands of patrons are expected to attend.

“Over 100 organizations and businesses will be exhibiting a multitude of practical information, goods and services that cultivate a healthier, greener way of living,” say the organizers.

“You’ll also find local art and a variety of fun activities to enjoy for the whole family, including live music, interactive educational games and a kids’ area. We will host several food vendors serving a range of plant-based (vegan) cuisine options.

"Our event will showcase a display of electric vehicles to check out, ask questions about, and, if we are successful, ride in or test drive!”

Admission is free. Southside Park is located at 2115 6th St., Sacramento.

Details: .

Note: In addition to being a sponsor of Sacramento Earth Day, the City of Sacramento plans a citywide cleanup day on Saturday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at nine locations.

HandsOn Sacramento is coordinating registration for the various sites, most of which have spots still available. City details are here and the registration site is here .


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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Jan. 29

Bundle up and get work done!

* Prune, prune, prune. Now is the time to cut back most deciduous trees and shrubs. The exceptions are spring-flowering shrubs such as lilacs.

* Now is the time to prune fruit trees, except apricot and cherry trees. Clean up leaves and debris around the trees to prevent the spread of disease.

* Prune roses, even if they’re still trying to bloom or sprouting new growth. Strip off any remaining leaves, so the bush will be able to put out new growth in early spring.

* Prune Christmas camellias (Camellia sasanqua), the early-flowering varieties, after their bloom. They don’t need much, but selective pruning can promote bushiness, upright growth and more bloom next winter. Feed with an acid-type fertilizer. But don’t feed your Japonica camellias until after they finish blooming next month. Feeding while camellias are in bloom may cause them to drop unopened buds.

* Clean up leaves and debris around your newly pruned roses and shrubs. Put down fresh mulch or bark to keep roots cozy.

* Apply horticultural oil to fruit trees to control scale, mites and aphids. Oils need 24 hours of dry weather after application to be effective.

* This is also the time to spray a copper-based oil to peach and nectarine trees to fight leaf curl. Avoid spraying on windy days.

* Divide daylilies, Shasta daisies and other perennials.

* Cut back and divide chrysanthemums.

* Plant bare-root roses, trees and shrubs.

* Transplant pansies, violas, calendulas, English daisies, snapdragons and fairy primroses.

* In the vegetable garden, plant fava beans, head lettuce, mustard, onion sets, radicchio and radishes.

* Plant bare-root asparagus and root divisions of rhubarb.

* In the bulb department, plant callas, anemones, ranunculus and gladiolus for bloom from late spring into summer.

* Plant blooming azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons. If you’re shopping for these beautiful landscape plants, you can now find them in full flower at local nurseries.

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