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Get inspiration, advice and plants at Spring Garden Faire in Roseville

Placer County master gardeners host big event

Pink shrub with fringe flowers
Loropetalum is a beautiful landscaping shrub that's at its best in spring. Learn
about landscaping, vegetable growing and more during Saturday's Spring Garden Faire in Roseville. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)

Spring (and some say summer) will definitely be in the air this week. Need garden inspiration? Check out the Spring Garden Faire, hosted by the UCCE Master Gardeners of Placer County.

On Saturday, April 9, the master gardeners and other local garden experts will turn the Maidu Community Center into garden central with activities and advice for the whole family. Hosted by Roseville Environmental Utilities, the event will focus on home gardening and the many ways residents can keep their landscapes healthy, beautiful and water-wise.

Part of the event will be fun hands-on things to do. Learn how to make seed pots out of recycled materials. Propagate a succulent and take it home. There also will be a crafts corner specifically for kids.

Demonstrations and speakers will cover such topics as straw bale gardening, backyard beekeeping and water-wise landscaping. Vendors will offer plants, garden art and supplies. Master gardeners will supply plenty of advice.

Need rose help? Sierra Foothills Rose Society will host an information booth.

Food trucks will offer hot dogs, tacos and other lunch fare. Stay all day!

Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; admission is free.

Maidu Community Center is located at 1550 Maidu Drive, Roseville.



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This week's warm break will revive summer crops such as peppers and tomatoes that may still be trying to produce fruit. Pumpkins and winter squash will add weight rapidly.

Be on the lookout for powdery mildew and other fungal diseases that may be enjoying this combination of warm air and moist soil.

* Late September is ideal for sowing a new lawn or re-seeding bare spots.

* Compost annuals and vegetable crops that have finished producing.

* Cultivate and add compost to the soil to replenish its nutrients for fall and winter vegetables and flowers.

* Plant for fall now. The warm soil will get cool-season veggies and flowers off to a fast start.

* Plant onions, lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, bok choy, spinach and potatoes directly into the vegetable beds.

* Transplant lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower.

* Sow seeds of California poppies, clarkia and African daisies.

* Transplant cool-weather annuals such as pansies, violas, fairy primroses, calendulas, stocks and snapdragons.

* Divide and replant bulbs, rhizomes and perennials.

* Dig up and divide daylilies as they complete their bloom cycle.

* Divide and transplant peonies that have become overcrowded. Replant with "eyes" about an inch below the soil surface.

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