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Volunteers needed for unique California garden project

Hortus Californica hosts networking event at Urban Roots

Poppies
The California poppy is likely the best known native
plant but many others are important to the state.
(Photo: Kathy Morrison)

A unique and truly Californian garden project is taking root right here in Sacramento, and it needs volunteers.

Learn about Hortus Californica during a free event at 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, at Urban Roots Brewery, 1322 V St., Sacramento. Although there is no admission charge, the event offers free advance tickets via allevents and eventbrite. Get the link here:
https://bit.ly/2UhhaiI .

Also known as the California Garden Project, Hortus Californica is hosting this informal information event, open to all people interested in gardening and preserving the plants that shaped California – not just natives, but plants brought here, too.

“Join Hortus Californica for a networking event and learn about this amazing garden project!” say the organizers’ invitation. “Hortus Californica is currently looking for volunteers to help this project become a reality! Become part of the team and create a future garden for generations to come!”

Hortus Californica aims to “present and preserve the rich history of California’s diverse people, plants and cultures … and the complex interdependence they have within her fragile ecosystems.”

The goal is to create an actual garden that can be a destination for learning as well as inspiration and preservation.

Hortus Californica also will be part of Tomato Alley Collective’s Third Saturday Pop-Up (“featuring an Instagrammable Garden”) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 17. This free event features arts, crafts, food and gardening. Tomato Alley Collective is located at 2014 28th St., Suite F, Sacramento.

For more on the project: www.hortusca.org .


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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.

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