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Volunteers needed for unique California garden project

Hortus Californica hosts networking event at Urban Roots

The California poppy is likely the best known native
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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: .

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.

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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Jan. 29

Bundle up and get work done!

* Prune, prune, prune. Now is the time to cut back most deciduous trees and shrubs. The exceptions are spring-flowering shrubs such as lilacs.

* Now is the time to prune fruit trees, except apricot and cherry trees. Clean up leaves and debris around the trees to prevent the spread of disease.

* Prune roses, even if they’re still trying to bloom or sprouting new growth. Strip off any remaining leaves, so the bush will be able to put out new growth in early spring.

* Prune Christmas camellias (Camellia sasanqua), the early-flowering varieties, after their bloom. They don’t need much, but selective pruning can promote bushiness, upright growth and more bloom next winter. Feed with an acid-type fertilizer. But don’t feed your Japonica camellias until after they finish blooming next month. Feeding while camellias are in bloom may cause them to drop unopened buds.

* Clean up leaves and debris around your newly pruned roses and shrubs. Put down fresh mulch or bark to keep roots cozy.

* Apply horticultural oil to fruit trees to control scale, mites and aphids. Oils need 24 hours of dry weather after application to be effective.

* This is also the time to spray a copper-based oil to peach and nectarine trees to fight leaf curl. Avoid spraying on windy days.

* Divide daylilies, Shasta daisies and other perennials.

* Cut back and divide chrysanthemums.

* Plant bare-root roses, trees and shrubs.

* Transplant pansies, violas, calendulas, English daisies, snapdragons and fairy primroses.

* In the vegetable garden, plant fava beans, head lettuce, mustard, onion sets, radicchio and radishes.

* Plant bare-root asparagus and root divisions of rhubarb.

* In the bulb department, plant callas, anemones, ranunculus and gladiolus for bloom from late spring into summer.

* Plant blooming azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons. If you’re shopping for these beautiful landscape plants, you can now find them in full flower at local nurseries.

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