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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 26:

Sacramento can expect another inch of rain from this latest storm. Leave the sprinklers off at least another week. Temps will dip down into the low 30s early in the week, so avoid planting tender seedlings (such as tomatoes). Concentrate on these tasks before or after this week’s rain:

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

* Knock off aphids with a strong blast of water or some bug soap as soon as they appear.

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

* Prepare summer vegetable beds. Spade in compost and other amendments.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Feed camellias at the end of their bloom cycle. Pick up browned and fallen flowers to help corral blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees, which are now in bloom and setting fruit.

To prevent sunburn and borer problems on young trees, paint the exposed portion of the trunk with diluted white latex (water-based) interior paint. Dilute the paint with an equal amount of cold water before application.

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

* Seed and renovate the lawn (if you still have one). Feed cool-season grasses such as bent, blue, rye and fescue with a slow-release fertilizer. Check the irrigation system and perform maintenance. Make sure sprinkler heads are turned toward the lawn, not the sidewalk.

* In the vegetable garden, transplant lettuce and kale.

* Seed chard and beets directly into the ground.

* Plant summer bulbs, including gladiolus, tuberous begonias and callas. Also plant dahlia tubers.

* Shop for perennials. Many varieties are available in local nurseries and at plant events. They can be transplanted now while the weather remains relatively cool.

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