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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 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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