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PUBLISHED FEB 18, 2021 10:20 A.M.

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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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Nov. 27

Before the rain comes later in the week, take advantage of sunny, calm days:

* This may be your last chance this season for the first application of copper fungicide spray to peach and nectarine trees. Leaf curl, which shows up in the spring, is caused by a fungus that winters as spores on the limbs and around the tree in fallen leaves. Sprays are most effective now, but they need a few days of dry weather after application to really “stick.” If you haven’t yet, spray now.

* Rake and compost leaves, but dispose of any diseased plant material. For example, if peach and nectarine trees showed signs of leaf curl this year, clean up under trees and dispose of those leaves instead of composting.

* Make sure storm drains are clear of any debris.

* Give your azaleas, gardenias and camellias a boost with chelated iron.

* Trim chrysanthemums to 6 to 8 inches above the ground after they’re done blooming. Keep potted mums in their containers until next spring. Then, they can be planted in the ground, if desired, or repotted.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs while dormant.

* Plant bulbs for spring bloom. Don’t forget the tulips chilling in the refrigerator. Other suggestions: daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths, anemones and scillas.

* Seed wildflowers including California poppies.

* Also from seed, plant sweet pea, sweet alyssum, bachelor buttons and other spring flowers.

* Plant most trees and shrubs. This gives them plenty of time for root development before spring growth. They also benefit from winter rains.

* Set out cool-weather annuals such as pansies and snapdragons.

* Lettuce, cabbage, broccoli and cool-season greens can be planted now.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* If you decide to use a living Christmas tree this year, keep it outside in a sunny location until Christmas week. This reduces stress on the young tree.

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