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Back in print: Sacramento gets a weekly gardening column

Look for gardening news in Sacramento
News & Review, starting in April.
(Courtesy Sacramento News & Review)
Arrington to launch new home & garden column in News & Review

Here’s big news for readers: Sacramento is about to get a weekly home and garden column in a local newspaper – again.

And it’s going to be written by me.

After an 11-month hiatus, I’m going to be back in print. The
Sacramento News & Review has invited me to write a weekly column for its new Home & Garden section. The section will start off small, but grow as advertising and interest support it, according to publisher Jeff vonKaenel.

The column is scheduled to launch in April, just in time for a very active gardening season.

I worked with SN&R editor Foon Rhee at The Sacramento Bee, my employer for nearly 20 years. After a decade as The Bee’s Home & Garden writer, I was downsized in May 2018. But I never stopped writing about gardening.

Sacramento Digs Gardening launched June 1 and has had a daily blog post ever since. That’s a lot of gardening news!

Sac Digs Gardening now has 1,050 Followers on Facebook ; thank you to every one! And no worries; Sac Digs Gardening will continue with daily gardening news, events and observations (plus recipes on Sundays) as well as the daily e-newsletter.

But not everybody is on Facebook or online. In the age of digital media, print newspapers continue to be a valuable resource and an important part of building community.

In Sacramento, we are a community of gardeners. About half of all Sacramentans list gardening as a hobby or something that they do on a regular basis. In the Farm-to-Fork Capital, growing food is a major pastime (as well as profession). This interest cuts across all sorts of demographics (even politics).

Thousands of newspaper readers will see this new Home & Garden section every week. It’s another chance to spread our love of gardening as well as share news and information.

Here’s another big plus: The News & Review is distributed free throughout the Sacramento area. It publishes on Thursdays, just in time for busy gardening weekends.

Look for my new column, starting in April. If you have any suggested topics, reach out to me directly at .


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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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