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What can you make from recycled wood?

DIY candle-holder workshop fun for the whole family

Get crafty with your kids while recycling urban wood.

Hosted by the Sacramento Tree Foundation, a DIY candle-holder workshop will let participants make an autumn or holiday centerpiece, complete with a handmade beeswax candle. The workshop is part of Urban Wood Rescue, a new SacTree program that aims to keep trees out of landfill while supporting a sustainable urban lumber industry.

Set for noon Sunday, Oct. 20, the family-friendly workshop is open to adults and kids. Led by an expert from Awkwood Things, participants will sand and finish redwood blocks, then decorate them with acorns and other natural accents. They’ll then learn how to make candles, giving the new candle-holders something to hold.

Course fee is $32, which covers all materials and instruction. The workshop will be help at SacTree’s Urban Wood Rescue lumberyard, 6045 Midway St., Sacramento.

Proceeds from the Urban Wood Rescue program benefit SacTree’s tree planting and education efforts. Upcoming workshops include table making from from rescued wood and how to flatten a slab.

To sign up for the class or more information: or .


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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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