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Sac Digs Gardening celebrates three years

Thank you, readers, for helping us grow!

3 blooms of white Easter lilies
Easter lilies bloom in late May when planted in the ground in Sacramento. (Photo: Debbie Arrington)

Happy birthday to us!

Today, Sacramento Digs Gardening turns 3 years old. We’ve published at least one post every day since June 1, 2018. This post is No. 1,106.

That’s a startling number – particularly for us content creators. Who knew there could be that much local gardening news?

But Kathy Morrison and I suspected as much when we set out on this pursuit. And that’s why we started Sacramento Digs Gardening – to provide up-to-date, local gardening news that local gardeners could use.

Because all good gardening is local.

When we launched Sac Digs Gardening, there was a sudden vacuum in local gardening information due to traditional-media cutbacks. This blog could be a lifeline to local readers for garden news and usable information about what they were experiencing in their own gardens. So, we started writing and posting.

Most of those posts started with observation. What did we see happening in our own gardens? What did it mean? Were other gardeners experiencing the same thing? Observation leads to inspiration. If we wondered why, likely other local gardeners would wonder, also.

Today’s photo is an example. It’s an Easter lily, blooming on Memorial Day weekend. Why? Because that’s when Easter lilies planted in the ground in Sacramento should bloom. (“Forcing” makes them bloom in time for Easter.) It also demonstrates that gift bulbs will rebloom outdoors.

(This particular lily also struck me as appropriate for this third birthday salute: Three blooms are fully open with another on the way, just as we have another post always coming.)

One story led to another and here we are, three years later.

Every one of those 1,106 stories is original, local and all about gardening from a Sacramento perspective. In our first summer, we broadened our scope to include weekly recipes featuring seasonal produce because one of the biggest joys of gardening is making the most of the harvest.

There have been challenges (especially a few technical glitches). Sac Digs Gardening survived the pandemic and helped many newbie gardeners get growing.

Now, the blog has more than 1,800 Facebook Followers. Hundreds of readers receive the nightly e-newsletter directly in their inboxes. (More are always welcome!)

After three years, we’ve built quite a body of work; it’s a reliable and ready resource for anyone to search.

Currently, we’re in the process of refining our website. Soon, we’ll be switching to a more reliable newsletter delivery program.

We also plan to introduce sponsorship possibilities, a donation button and other ways readers can support Sac Digs Gardening, so we can keep this two-woman effort going.

Our question: What do you want to read about?

Tell us what gardening-related topics you’d like us to explore or cover more. Email me directly at .

Most of all, we’d like to thank the Sacramento gardening community and our readers for their support! If we didn’t have readers, we would have stopped a long time ago. You keep us writing, posting and sharing.

Sac Digs Gardening exists because Sacramento really does dig gardening. We’re looking forward to growing more in the year ahead.


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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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