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Meet the Sac Digs Gardening team at Harvest Day

Debbie Arrington and Kathy Morrison will be at Harvest
Day this Saturday. (Photo: Fred Hoffman)

Come visit our booth, get free recipe cards

Among many great things, Harvest Day is a gathering of gardeners. That includes us.

On Saturday, come meet the team behind Sacramento Digs Gardening. Debbie Arrington and Kathy Morrison, the creators of Sacramento’s only daily source of gardening information, will be on hand to meet and greet attendees at an information table during Harvest Day, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 3.

We’ll talk gardening, answer questions and offer advice. We’ll also offer free recipe cards, featuring some of the most popular recipes from the Sac Digs Gardening blog. (Chocolate zucchini bread, anyone?) Look for the Sacramento Digs Gardening banner, then come by and say hello.

Hosted by the Sacramento County master gardeners, Harvest Day is the Sacramento area’s largest free gardening educational event of its kind. Dozens of vendors will be on hand along with scores of clubs and gardening experts. (Food trucks, too!) The master gardeners also will have their 2020 Gardening Guide and Calendar on sale. Bring cash or your checkbook.

Attend free workshops. Taste fruit and grapes. Learn new skills. Be a better gardener.

Harvest Day is held annually at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center in Fair Oaks Park, 11549 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks.

Details including a vendor list and workshop times:


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Garden Checklist for week of July 7

Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

* Harvest tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplant. Prompt picking will help keep plants producing.

* Remove spent flowers from roses, daylilies and other bloomers as they finish flowering.

* Pinch off blooms from basil so the plant will grow more leaves.

* Cut back lavender after flowering to promote a second bloom.

* One good thing about hot days: Most lawns stop growing when temperatures top 95 degrees. Keep mower blades set on high.

* Once the weather cools down a little, it’s not too late to add a splash of color. Plant petunias, snapdragons, zinnias and marigolds.

* After the heat wave, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, winter squash and sunflowers. Make sure the seeds stay hydrated.

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