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Shepard Center hosts huge Spring Sale

Find plants, garden art and much more March 5 and 6

Sign for Shepard Center
All the groups and clubs that call the Shepard Garden
& Art Center home will have booths with items for sale.
(Photo: Kathy Morrison)

Get instantly in the mood for spring with the return of this major gardening event: the Shepard Center’s annual Spring Sale.

On Saturday and Sunday, March 5 and 6, the clubs that call Shepard Center home will offer plants, garden art, garden tools and equipment, books, crafts, ceramics, textiles, jewelry and antiques, and much more. In addition, several local artists will offer their work.

More than plants and products are available. This is a chance to meet representatives from several local clubs, get gardening advice or learn about a new hobby.

Admission and parking are free.

“Many of our clubs will be there along with artists and gardeners from our community,” say the organizers. “Stay for lunch: Blessings Catering will be serving sandwiches, chips and homemade cookies and cake slices.”

An added attraction: Stan the tool man! “Remember to bring your tools and things that need sharpening or drilling,” add the organizers. “Stan Logan will be in the back room to provide these services; all proceeds will be donated to the Center.”

Show hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Shepard Garden & Art Center is located at 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento, in McKinley Park.

Details and directions: www.sgaac.org .

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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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