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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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For week of March 3:

* Celebrate the city flower! Catch the 100th Sacramento Camellia Show 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2, and 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the Scottish Rite Center, 6151 H St., Sacramento. Admission is free.

* Between showers, pick up fallen camellia blooms; that helps cut down on the spread of blossom blight that prematurely browns petals.

* Feed camellias after they bloom with fertilizer formulated for acid-loving plants.

* Camellias need little pruning. Remove dead wood and shape, if necessary.

* Tread lightly or not at all on wet ground; it compacts soil.

* Avoid digging in wet soil, too; wait until it clumps in your hand but doesn’t feel squishy.

* Note spots in your garden that stay wet after storms; improve drainage with the addition of organic matter such as compost.

* Keep an eye out for leaning trunks or ground disturbances around a tree’s base, a sign of shifting roots in the wet soil.

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

* If aphids are attracted to new growth, knock them off with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap. To make your own “bug soap,” use two tablespoons liquid soap – not detergent – to one quart water in a spray bottle. Shake it up before use. Among the liquid soaps that seem most effective are Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soaps; try the peppermint scent.

* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.

* Make plans for your summer garden. Once the soil is ready, start adding amendments such as compost.

* Indoors, start seeds for summer favorites such as tomatoes, peppers and squash as well as summer flowers.

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