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Evening Update: Open Garden canceled

The Water-Efficient Landscape is a key feature of the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center. (Photos: Kathy Morrison)

Note: This evening the UCCE master gardeners announced the cancellation of this Open Garden.

Master gardeners plan precautions for outdoor event

The March Open Garden is still scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday, March 14, at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center.

The UCCE Sacramento County master gardeners plan to take extra hygiene precautions for this popular event, which is free and open to the public. Open Gardens are rain-or-shine events.

The Fair Oaks Horticulture Center is the master gardeners' demonstration garden,  where home gardeners can soak up information on orchard practices, vegetable and herb gardening, growing berries and grapes, planning a water-efficient landscape and composting.

Mini-demonstrations are planned at 10 a.m. on these topics:

-- Container gardening, in the Water-Efficient Landscape area.
-- Debugging orchard irrigation, in the Orchard.
-- Propagating herbs, in the Herb garden.
A mini demonstration will be held on cutting down and
turning over cover crops. (This is the 2019 Vegetable
-- Cutting down and turning in cover crops, in the Vegetable Garden.

Ongoing activities will cover such topic as best tools for orchard care, edible flowers in the herb garden, testing soil pH for berries, vegetable garden pest management, pruning young grapevines, and composting with worms.

The event is due to run until noon.

The 2020 Gardening Guide and Calendar will be on sale for $10.

Bring gardening questions (and bagged samples of problem pests or plants if pertinent) to the "Ask a Master Gardener" table.

The Horticulture Center is at 11549 Fair Oaks Blvd., in the park south of the Fair Oaks Library. Because of the changing health situations in California, be sure to check on the status of this (and actually any event) before leaving to attend. The Open Garden information site is
here . Or call (916) 875-6913.

Canceled events this weekend include the UC Davis Arboretum Plant Sale and High-Hand Nursery's Wings & Wine gathering.

The Shepard Garden & Art Center Spring Sale is still scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday. Check information on the event here .

-- Kathy Morrison


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For week of March 26:

Sacramento can expect another inch of rain from this latest storm. Leave the sprinklers off at least another week. Temps will dip down into the low 30s early in the week, so avoid planting tender seedlings (such as tomatoes). Concentrate on these tasks before or after this week’s rain:

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* Knock off aphids with a strong blast of water or some bug soap as soon as they appear.

* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.

* Prepare summer vegetable beds. Spade in compost and other amendments.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Feed camellias at the end of their bloom cycle. Pick up browned and fallen flowers to help corral blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees, which are now in bloom and setting fruit.

To prevent sunburn and borer problems on young trees, paint the exposed portion of the trunk with diluted white latex (water-based) interior paint. Dilute the paint with an equal amount of cold water before application.

* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.

* Seed and renovate the lawn (if you still have one). Feed cool-season grasses such as bent, blue, rye and fescue with a slow-release fertilizer. Check the irrigation system and perform maintenance. Make sure sprinkler heads are turned toward the lawn, not the sidewalk.

* In the vegetable garden, transplant lettuce and kale.

* Seed chard and beets directly into the ground.

* Plant summer bulbs, including gladiolus, tuberous begonias and callas. Also plant dahlia tubers.

* Shop for perennials. Many varieties are available in local nurseries and at plant events. They can be transplanted now while the weather remains relatively cool.

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