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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
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: .

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: .


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For week of June 4:

Because of the comfortable weather, it’s not too late to set out tomato and pepper seedlings as well as squash and melon plants. They’ll appreciate this not-too-hot weather. Just remember to water.

* From seed, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, melons, squash and sunflowers.

* Plant basil to go with your tomatoes.

* Transplant summer annuals such as petunias, marigolds and zinnias.

* It’s also a good time to transplant perennial flowers including astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia, salvia and verbena.

* Let the grass grow longer. Set the mower blades high to reduce stress on your lawn during summer heat. To cut down on evaporation, water your lawn deeply during the wee hours of the morning, between 2 and 8 a.m.

* Tie up vines and stake tall plants such as gladiolus and lilies. That gives their heavy flowers some support.

* Dig and divide crowded bulbs after the tops have died down.

* Feed summer flowers with a slow-release fertilizer.

* Mulch, mulch, mulch! This “blanket” keeps moisture in the soil longer and helps your plants cope during hot weather.

* Thin grapes on the vine for bigger, better clusters later this summer.

* Cut back fruit-bearing canes on berries.

* Feed camellias, azaleas and other acid-loving plants.

* Trim off dead flowers from rose bushes to keep them blooming through the summer. Roses also benefit from deep watering and feeding now. A top dressing of aged compost will keep them happy. It feeds as well as keeps roots moist.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushier plants with many more flowers in September.

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