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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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Garden Checklist for week of May 19

Temperatures will be a bit higher than normal in the afternoons this week. Take care of chores early in the day – then enjoy the afternoon. It’s time to smell the roses.

* Plant, plant, plant! It’s prime planting season in the Sacramento area. If you haven’t already, it’s time to set out those tomato transplants along with peppers and eggplants. Pinch off any flowers on new transplants to make them concentrate on establishing roots instead of setting premature fruit.

* Direct-seed melons, cucumbers, summer squash, corn, radishes, pumpkins and annual herbs such as basil.

* Harvest cabbage, lettuce, peas and green onions.

* In the flower garden, direct-seed sunflowers, cosmos, salvia, zinnias, marigolds, celosia and asters.

* Plant dahlia tubers. Other perennials to set out include verbena, coreopsis, coneflower and astilbe.

* Transplant petunias, marigolds and perennial flowers such as astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia and verbena.

* Keep an eye out for slugs, snails, earwigs and aphids that want to dine on tender new growth.

* Feed summer bloomers with a balanced fertilizer.

* For continued bloom, cut off spent flowers on roses as well as other flowering plants.

* Don’t forget to water. Seedlings need moisture. Deep watering will help build strong roots and healthy plants.

* Add mulch to the garden to help keep that precious water from evaporating. Mulch also cuts down on weeds. But don’t let it mound around the stems or trunks of trees or shrubs. Leave about a 6-inch to 1-foot circle to avoid crown rot or other problems.

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