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Debbie and Kathy won't be this close together -- or in the studio with Fred -- but they'll still be talking about gardening this Sunday on KFBK and KSTE. (Photo by Richard Hellesen)

Creators are Farmer Fred Hoffman's Sunday guests

Are you gardening through the coronavirus crisis? Listen in to Sacramento Digs Gardening creators Debbie Arrington and Kathy Morrison on Sunday, April 5, when they’ll join Farmer Fred Hoffman on his morning radio shows.

We’ll talk about how the pandemic has affected our gardening world near and far, from the cancellation of major events to a run on vegetable seeds and live chicks. We’ll also answer listener questions; check out for links.

Fred Hoffman is broadcasting from
his home studio during the current
health crisis.
Need advice on growing tomatoes? Rose care? What to plant when? We’ll tackle a broad range of topics.

Due to coronavirus, we won’t be physically in Fred’s Folsom home studio. Instead, we’ll be patched into the shows via phone lines from our own homes.

Tune into "KFBK Garden Show" on 1530-AM/93.1-FM KFBK. The show starts at 8 a.m.; we’re scheduled for 9 a.m. Then, we’ll hop over to "Get Growing" on Talk 650 KSTE at 10 a.m. to talk more gardening. Both shows also are available on their station websites, and .


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For week of Dec. 3:

Make the most of gaps between raindrops. This is a busy month!

* Windy conditions brought down a lot of leaves. Make sure to rake them away from storm drains.

* Use those leaves as mulch around frost-tender shrubs and new transplants.

* Rake and remove dead leaves and stems from dormant perennials.

* Just because it rained doesn't mean every plant got watered. Give a drink to plants that the rain didn't reach, such as under eves or under evergreen trees. Also, well-watered plants hold up better to frost than thirsty plants.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs while they're dormant.

* Clean and sharpen garden tools before storing for the winter.

* Brighten the holidays with winter bloomers such as poinsettias, amaryllis, calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies and primroses.

* Keep poinsettias in a sunny, warm location. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they'll bloom again next December.

* Plant one last round of spring bulbs including daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths, anemones and scillas. Get those tulips out of the refrigerator and into the ground.

* This is also a good time to seed wildflowers such as California poppies.

* Plant such spring bloomers as sweet pea, sweet alyssum and bachelor buttons.

* Late fall is the best time to plant most trees and shrubs. This gives them plenty of time for root development before spring growth. They also benefit from fall and winter rains.

* Lettuce, cabbage and broccoli also can be planted now.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Bare-root season begins. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb. Beware of soggy soil. It can rot bare-root plants.

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