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Sacramento Digs Gardening reaches big milestone

How time flies when you're having fun, and what could be more fun than gardening in Sacramento? Of course, it has its challenges, too. But that makes the rewards that much sweeter.

Today we mark another milestone for Sacramento Digs Gardening: Our 1,000th post. That represents nearly three years of daily blogging about local gardening and related interests. Every day since our debut on June 1, 2019, we've posted the latest news, observations and usable information (plus fun stuff, too) about Sacramento area gardening.

We don't have a big staff -- it's just two people! But we have a huge amount of dedication to both our subject and our audience. We thank every one of our Followers, Friends and Subscribers! We would not be here without you!

For this blog to last this long, we had to have dedication plus our many friends and dedicated readers. So far, this has been a total labor of love.

We've volunteered our time and expertise because there was a need: Local garden news and information. Sacramento gardeners need reliable, up-to-date gardening news and information specifically for Sacramento-area and Northern California gardeners, provided by local experts and trusted sources.

As longtime Sacramento journalists, we also had a connection with our readers. After other sources of local gardening news evaporated, we could fill that void.

We're gardeners who live and plant here. We experience the same weather, the same pests, the same problems -- and often also the same success. This is stuff we think about on a daily basis. Why not share that information so we can all be better gardeners? (And cooks, too?)

And we challenged ourselves to do it every day. Make that 1,000 days and counting.

For us to reach 2,000, we know we need to grow our blog and website more. Sponsors are welcome. We're also discussing perks for patrons; more coming soon!

If you haven't signed up for the daily e-newsletter, follow the Facebook link to the website ( ) and follow the "Subscribe" link at the top right-hand corner of the Home page.

If you like what you're reading, share our posts with friends. The more we grow our gardening community, the better for us all.

Meanwhile, keep gardening! We'll keep blogging, too.

Thanks again!

Debbie and Kathy


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Summer officially starts Thursday. The good news: No triple-digits – at least until next weekend.

* Warm weather brings rapid growth in the vegetable garden, with tomatoes and squash enjoying the heat. Deep-water, then feed with a balanced fertilizer. Bone meal or rock phosphate can spur the bloom cycle and help set fruit.

* Generally, tomatoes need deep watering two to three times a week, but don't let them dry out completely. That can encourage blossom-end rot.

* 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.

* 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.

* From seed, plant corn, pumpkins, melons, radishes, 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.

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