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Shepard Center hosts huge community yard sale

Club members and neighbors invited to sell items — and shop

It may feel like summer, but it’s still spring, which means there’s still time for spring cleaning!

What to do with all that stuff you no longer need? Community yard sale!

Shepard Garden and Arts Center, Friends of East Sacramento and the Sacramento chapter of Ikebana International are hosting a huge, garden-oriented community yard sale Saturday, June 11.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., shop for all sorts of interesting things culled from closets and garages of members of the many clubs that use Shepard Center. In addition, the center is inviting community members who might want to sell items to rent a table space for $40. Call 916-452-8011 to make a reservation.

Otherwise, just show up and shop. Admission and parking are free.

Besides tools, books, vases, garden art and housewares, also expect to find crafts and art supplies.

And while enjoying the sale, check out the Yarn Bombing! Members of the Sacramento Center for Textile Arts are decorating bare tree trunks and poles on the east side of Shepard Center with colorful knit and crocheted yarn and fiber. The Yard Bombing installation is scheduled to debut Tuesday, June 7, and stay in place through July 7. According to the fiber artists, the reason is simple: “Why not?” The whimsical handiwork adds bright color to the building’s surroundings and, even better, makes people smile.

Shepard Center is located at 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento, in McKinley Park.

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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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