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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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For week of Oct. 1:

Make the most of this cooler weather. Get to work on your fall garden:

* October is the best month to plant trees, shrubs and perennials. Plants become established – sending down deep, strong roots – faster in warm soil.

* Divide and replant perennials. Add a little well-aged compost and bone meal to the planting hole, but hold off on other fertilizers until spring. Keep the transplants well-watered (but not wet) for the first month as they become settled.

* Now is the time to plant seeds for many flowers directly into the garden, including cornflower, nasturtium, nigella, poppy, portulaca, sweet pea and stock.

* Plant seeds for radishes, bok choy, mustard, spinach and peas.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Set out cool-weather bedding plants, including calendula, pansy, snapdragon, primrose and viola.

* Reseed and feed the lawn. Work on bare spots.

* Dig up corms and tubers of gladioli, dahlias and tuberous begonias after the foliage dies. Clean and store in a cool, dry place.

* Treat azaleas, gardenias and camellias with chelated iron if leaves are yellowing between the veins.

* Clean up the summer vegetable garden and compost disease-free foliage.

* Harvest pumpkins and winter squash.

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