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Sacramento gardener's best friend is still just $10

2023 Gardening Guide and Calendar on sale now

Calendar cover with five pictures of vegetables
Now available: The 2023 Gardening Guide & Calendar.

Harvest Day this month was so busy that the debut of the 2023 Gardening Guide and Calendar may have slipped under the radar. But with summer winding down, and fall planting ahead, now is the perfect time to buy a copy -- and several more for friends and family.

The Gardening Guide and Calendar is produced by the Sacramento County master gardeners, with a different theme each year. (Full disclosure: I wrote some pieces for and helped proof the publication.) Master gardener Laura Cerles-Rogers wrangles many articles and photos into the single most helpful guide for Sacramento-area gardeners that I've ever run across. The price, including tax, is still just $10.

March page with Bok Choy information
March features bok choy. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)
"Edible Gardens: Veggies" is the theme for 2023. The calendar part of the publication includes gorgeous pictures of the featured vegetables as well as notes on each month's garden chores, pests to watch out for, lists of UC ANR online resources and other seasonal tips.  There is plenty of space to take notes on planting dates, weather events and fertilizer reminders, to name a few things I keep track of on mine.

The back portion is a gardening magazine in itself: An extensive story on tomatoes, ideas for small-space gardening, a look at vegetable pests, an explanation of the Scoville scale of pepper hotness, and a host of other informative pieces. The so-helpful annual Planting Chart rounds out the pages.

The publication is available online at for mail delivery, and also will be sold in person at master gardener events the remainder of the year. (Coming up: Open Garden Day on Sept. 10.) Several nurseries in the region also typically carry it during the fall, although the price could be a little higher.

Proceeds from the sales benefit Sacramento County master gardener programs.

-- 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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