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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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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Sept. 25

This week's warm break will revive summer crops such as peppers and tomatoes that may still be trying to produce fruit. Pumpkins and winter squash will add weight rapidly.

Be on the lookout for powdery mildew and other fungal diseases that may be enjoying this combination of warm air and moist soil.

* Late September is ideal for sowing a new lawn or re-seeding bare spots.

* Compost annuals and vegetable crops that have finished producing.

* Cultivate and add compost to the soil to replenish its nutrients for fall and winter vegetables and flowers.

* Plant for fall now. The warm soil will get cool-season veggies and flowers off to a fast start.

* Plant onions, lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, bok choy, spinach and potatoes directly into the vegetable beds.

* Transplant lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower.

* Sow seeds of California poppies, clarkia and African daisies.

* Transplant cool-weather annuals such as pansies, violas, fairy primroses, calendulas, stocks and snapdragons.

* Divide and replant bulbs, rhizomes and perennials.

* Dig up and divide daylilies as they complete their bloom cycle.

* Divide and transplant peonies that have become overcrowded. Replant with "eyes" about an inch below the soil surface.

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