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Help plant fruit trees -- and take one home

Free trees offered for community orchard volunteers

Almost ripe apple on a tree branch
Get a free fruit tree (apple here for illustration) and help the
community at the same time during a planting day this Friday.
(Photo: Kathy Morrison)

Help a community grow its own fruit – and get a free fruit tree, too!

Ninos Community Garden, part of the City of Sacramento’s community garden network, is hosting a fruit tree planting day from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, June 11.

Serving Sacramento’s Gardenland Northgate neighborhood, the Ninos Community Garden is located at 703 Northfield Drive, Sacramento. Featuring 40 plots and lots of open space, the garden opened in 2016.

The plan has been to add fruit trees and shrubs to the site for some time to create a community orchard for the Ninos Garden.

“To make planting easier, the holes will have been pre-dug,” said Bill Maynard, the city’s community garden coordinator. “Those that help plant the 60 or so trees and shrubs will be given a fruit tree to take home.”

If interested, please sign up:

“Wear a mask, bring gloves and a refillable water bottle,” Maynard said. “Tools will be provided.”

As for other COVID concerns, there’s plenty of room for social distancing, too.

“The site is three acres (with) plenty of room to move around as the tree and shrubs will be planted 10 to 15 feet apart,” Maynard said.

For more details and directions:


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Garden Checklist for week of July 7

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.

* After the heat wave, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, winter squash and sunflowers. Make sure the seeds stay hydrated.

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