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The Garden Calendar is filling up with spring events

The first UC Davis Arboretum plant sale of the spring is a highlight of the March garden calendar. (Photos: Kathy Morrison)

March bringing in a whirlwind of activities

Spring officially is still more than three weeks away, but the
calendar already is filling up with gardening events and activities around the Sacramento region.

Saturday, March 9, alone has four major events:

* Open Garden at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center: 9 a.m. to noon. Includes mini talks by the UCCE master gardeners on cane and spur pruning of grapes for arbors, making houses for mason bees, herbal gifts from the garden, and selecting and planting woody ornamentals. Bring your garden questions, too. 11549 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks.

* Sherwood Demonstration Garden: 9 a.m. to noon . At Second Saturday Open Garden t his month, the topics will be straw bale gardening, spring and summer crops, mulch, compost and fertilizer, and a pruning demonstration in the orchard.  $2 parking charged by Folsom Lake College El Dorado Center seven days a week. Exact change required. 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville.

* UC Davis Arboretum Member Appreciation Plant Sale : 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Arboretum's 1-acre Teaching Nursery holds its first sale of the season. Before 11 a.m., open to members only. Public welcome from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Plants include Arboretum All Stars, California natives, trees, low-water shrubs and more. Refreshments, live music, children's activities. Membership can be purchased at the door. Garrod Drive, across from the UCDavis Vet School.

* Green Acres Elk Grove: Dig Into Spring Ideas Fair : 9 a.m. to 6 p. m. Free garden talks, plus exhibits of new plants and products, giveaways, special buys, and other activities. Check for the workshop schedule. 9220 E. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove. 916-714-5600.

More events are coming in daily, so be sure to check back often.

-- Kathy Morrison


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For week of March 19:

Spring will start a bit soggy, but there’s still plenty to do between showers:

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

* Watch out for aphids. Wash off plants with strong blast from the hose.

* 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 fight blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees as they start to blossom.

* 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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