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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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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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