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Award-winning garden writer Debbie Arrington chats with radio host Fred Hoffman during Harvest Day earlier this summer. She and blog partner Kathy Morrison will join Hoffman on the radio Sunday morning. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)

Arrington and Morrison join Farmer Fred on Sunday morning

On the last day of summer, this trio will talk fall gardening – and a whole lot more.

Sacramento Digs Gardening’s Debbie Arrington and Kathy Morrison join “Farmer Fred” Hoffman for his two radio shows Sunday, Sept. 22. Arrington and Morrison will cover current local garden topics as well as the evolution of their local gardening blog, which now has nearly 1,300 followers.

Sacramento Digs Gardening has grown into a valuable resource for the local gardening community with news, events, tips, recipes and more. Arrington and Morrison have posted at least one local item to their blog every day since its debut on June 1, 2018; that’s more than 470 blog posts.

Kathy Morrison is usually
behind the camera for the blog.
Arrington, formerly of The Sacramento Bee, is an award-winning garden writer and consulting rosarian. She recently joined the staff of the Sacramento News & Review, the new print home of her popular gardening column. Morrison, another Bee alumnus, is an experienced community gardener and tomato fanatic. She’s written extensively about California native plants.

Tune in to hear Farmer Fred and his guests on “The KFBK Garden Show” from 8 to 10 a.m. on KFBK, 1530 AM, and “Get Growing” from 10 a.m. to noon on KSTE, Talk 650 AM. Stay tuned for the “Garden Grappler” at 11 a.m. and a chance to win prizes.

Details:
www.farmerfred.com .

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The warm wave coming this week will shift weeds into overdrive. Get to work!

* Weed, weed, weed! Whack them before they flower.

* Mulch around plants to conserve moisture and control weeds.

* Smell orange blossoms? Feed citrus trees with a low dose of balanced fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) during bloom to help set fruit. Keep an eye out for ants.

* Apply slow-release fertilizer to the lawn.

* Thoroughly clean debris from the bottom of outdoor ponds or fountains.

* Spring brings a flush of rapid growth, and that means your garden is really hungry. Feed shrubs and trees with a slow-release fertilizer. Or mulch with a 1-inch layer of compost.

* Azaleas and camellias looking a little yellow? If leaves are turning yellow between the veins, give them a boost with chelated iron.

* Trim dead flowers but not leaves from spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. Those leaves gather energy to create next year's flowers. Also, give the bulbs a fertilizer boost after bloom.

* Pinch chrysanthemums back to 12 inches for fall flowers. Cut old stems to the ground.

* From seed, plant beans, beets, cantaloupes, carrots, corn, cucumbers, melons, radishes and squash. Plant onion sets.

* In the flower garden, plant seeds for asters, cosmos, celosia, marigolds, salvia, sunflowers and zinnias. Transplant petunias, zinnias, geraniums and other summer bloomers.

* Plant perennials and dahlia tubers for summer bloom. April is about the last chance to plant summer bulbs, such as gladiolus and tuberous begonias.

* Transplant lettuce and cabbage seedlings.

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