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Solid Gold: National award for Arrington


Sac Digs Gardening’s co-creator honored by Garden Writers Association
Debbie Arrington, co-creator of Sacramento Digs Gardening, was honored by the Garden Writers Association with the 2018 Gold Award for newspaper writing, top honors in the GWA’s annual media awards.
The GWA honors are the only national media awards for garden communicators. The Gold Award for Best Newspaper Writing was announced Aug. 16 at the association’s annual conference in Chicago. Arrington had previously won the 2018 GWA Silver Award for an article appearing in a newspaper with more than 20,000 circulation for her article, “New Flavors Sprout from Nearby Seed Experiments,” which appeared Sept. 23 in The Sacramento Bee.
Other 2018 Gold Award winners included: “Fresh from the Garden: An Organic Guide to Growing Vegetables, Berries, and Herbs in Cold Climates,” by John Whitman as Best Book; "On Ants, Aphids and Mutualism" by Helen Battersby as Best Digital Writing; and “The Conscientious Gardener: Three-Part Series on The Monarch” by Kylee Baumle as Best Magazine Writing,

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Garden Checklist for week of July 7

Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* 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.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

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

* Harvest tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplant. Prompt picking will help keep plants producing.

* 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.

* One good thing about hot days: Most lawns stop growing when temperatures top 95 degrees. Keep mower blades set on high.

* Once the weather cools down a little, it’s not too late to add a splash of color. Plant petunias, snapdragons, zinnias and marigolds.

* After the heat wave, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, winter squash and sunflowers. Make sure the seeds stay hydrated.

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