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June is bustin' out at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center

Visit during Open Garden Day this Saturday

Pond view of demonstration garden
It should be a beautiful day Saturday for the Open Garden at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center. (Photo:
Kathy Morrison)

It's June, and the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center is bursting with activity in all areas. The Sacramento County master gardeners are ready to show what almost-summer looks like at their beautiful demonstration garden this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Master gardeners will be available in all areas of the FOHC to answer questions. The weather should be perfect for strolling -- a high of 77 degrees is forecast.

These are some of the activities that visitors can expect, the master gardeners note:

-- Water-Efficient Landscape Gardens: Methods of using water wisely.

-- Herb Garden: Harvesting, gathering seeds and drying herbs.

-- Orchard: Fruit thinning and summer pruning.  Check out how the Orchard Team protects fruit from critters.

-- Berries: Ever tickled a blueberry? The Berry Team can show how to do it.

-- Vegetables: Methods for managing unwanted pests with the most recent research-based sustainable practices.  Check out how the vegetables are growing.

-- Vineyard: Managing the grape canopy, shoot, leaf and cluster thinning for a vigorous crop.

-- Compost  Embrace composting in day-to-day household activities by recycling fruit and vegetable scraps and yard trimmings.  Find out how easy backyard composting can be.  Learn about California's new food waste composting law, too.

The Horticulture Center is at 11549 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks, south of Madison, in Fair Oaks Park, next to the Fair Oaks Library.

This will be the last Open Garden before the Aug. 6 Harvest Day celebration at FOHC. The Sacramento County master gardeners will be back at their booth to answer gardening questions during the State Fair, July 15-31. Open Garden days will return in September. For more information, (916) 875-6913, ,

-- 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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