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Sacramento Camellia Show tops busy weekend

From big sale to dog adoptions, lots to do to celebrate spring

Camellia blossoms on table
Camellia blossoms fill the blue-ribbon table at a past Camellia Show. (Photo: Debbie Arrington)

Pent-up gardening enthusiasm is finally getting a big spring release.

After many March 2021 events were canceled due to the pandemic, this nearly normal (and very full) calendar is sure to prompt spring gardening fever. Here’s a sample:

* Sacramento Camellia Show: The 98th annual edition will fill the Elks Lodge on Riverside Boulevard with blooms. Hours: 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 5; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 6. Admission and parking are free. The Elks Lodge is located at 6446 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento, where Florin Road dead-ends at Riverside Boulevard.

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* Sacramento Home & Garden Show: The “original” returns to Cal Expo for three days of home and garden shopping and inspiration. Show hours are noon to 6 p.m. Friday, March 4; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 5; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 6. Admission is $7; seniors, $4. Parking: $10. Cal Expo is located at 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento.

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* Shepard Center Spring Sale: This huge event features dozens of clubs and local vendors. Bring your tools to be sharpened, too. Free admission and parking. Sale hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Shepard Center is located at 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento, in McKinley Park.

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* Dog Adoption Day: Bring home a new friend! Green Acres Nursery & Supply’s Auburn location – the former Eisley’s Nursery – is hosting this event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Green Acres will put $100 towards adoption fees for adoptions made during this event. Nursery is located at 380 Nevada St., Auburn.

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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Feb. 5

Make the most of sunny days and get winter tasks done:

* This is the last chance to spray fruit trees before they bloom. Treat peach and nectarine trees with copper-based fungicide. Spray apricot trees at bud swell to prevent brown rot. Apply horticultural oil to control scale, mites and aphids on fruit trees soon after a rain. But remember: Oils need at least 24 hours to dry to be effective. Don’t spray during foggy weather or when rain is forecast.

* Feed spring-blooming shrubs and fall-planted perennials with slow-release fertilizer. Feed mature trees and shrubs after spring growth starts.

* Finish pruning roses and deciduous trees.

* Remove aphids from blooming bulbs with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap.

* Fertilize strawberries and asparagus.

* Transplant or direct-seed several flowers, including snapdragon, candytuft, lilies, astilbe, larkspur, Shasta and painted daisies, stocks, bleeding heart and coral bells.

* In the vegetable garden, plant Jerusalem artichoke tubers, and strawberry and rhubarb roots.

* Transplant cabbage and its close cousins – broccoli, kale and Brussels sprouts – as well as lettuce (both loose leaf and head).

* Plant artichokes, asparagus and horseradish from root divisions.

* Plant potatoes from tubers and onions from sets (small bulbs). The onions will sprout quickly and can be used as green onions in March.

* From seed, plant beets, chard, lettuce, mustard, peas, radishes and turnips.

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