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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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For week of March 19:

Spring will start a bit soggy, but there’s still plenty to do between showers:

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

* Watch out for aphids. Wash off plants with strong blast from the hose.

* 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 fight blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees as they start to blossom.

* 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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