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Murer House hosts Lavender Day

Lavender is one of the best plants to attract bees. (Photos: Debbie Arrington)
Event explores many ways to use, grow this fragrant herb

Love lavender? Then, this event is for you.

Lavender comes in several
different varieties.
On Saturday, June 1, the Murer House in Folsom hosts Lavender Day, a celebration of all things related to this popular flowering herb.

Lavender plants will be offered for sale along with a wide assortment of items made with lavender or scented with lavender oil.

Demonstrations and a special guest speaker are part of this garden party. Learn how to make items with lavender flowers such as potpourri or tea.

Greg Gayton of
Green Acres Nursery will be the featured speaker with tips on how to grow lavender at home.

Native to the Mediterranean, lavender is well suited to Sacramento’s climate and can adapt to low water landscapes. Beloved by bees, lavender comes in different species and varieties with specific uses and needs.

Admission is free. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Tours of the historic home, built in the 1890s, will be available from 10 am. to 2 p.m.

Murer House is located at 1125 Joe Murer Court in Folsom.

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Garden Checklist for week of July 14

Take advantage of this break in the heat. Your garden needs you!

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to reduce the chance of fungal infection and to conserve moisture.

* Feed vegetable plants bone meal, rock phosphate or other fertilizers high in phosphate to stimulate more blooms and fruiting. (But wait until daily high temperatures drop out of the 100s.)

* 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.

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

* 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.

* It's not too late to add a splash of color. Plant petunias, snapdragons, zinnias and marigolds.

* From seed, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, winter squash and sunflowers.

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