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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 Sept. 24:

This week our weather will be just right for fall gardening. What are you waiting for?

* Now is the time to plant for fall. The warm soil will get these veggies off to a fast start.

* Keep harvesting tomatoes, peppers, squash, melons and eggplant. Tomatoes may ripen faster off the vine and sitting on the kitchen counter.

* Compost annuals and vegetable crops that have finished producing.

* Cultivate and add compost to the soil to replenish its nutrients for fall and winter vegetables and flowers.

* Fertilize deciduous fruit trees.

* Plant onions, lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, bok choy, spinach and potatoes directly into the vegetable beds.

* Transplant cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower as well as lettuce seedlings.

* Sow seeds of California poppies, clarkia and African daisies.

* Transplant cool-weather annuals such as pansies, violas, fairy primroses, calendulas, stocks and snapdragons.

* Divide and replant bulbs, rhizomes and perennials. That includes bearded iris; if they haven’t bloomed in three years, it’s time to dig them up and divide their rhizomes.

* Dig up and divide daylilies as they complete their bloom cycle.

* Divide and transplant peonies that have become overcrowded. Replant with “eyes” about an inch below the soil surface.

* Late September is ideal for sowing a new lawn or re-seeding bare spots.

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