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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 Dec. 10:

Take advantage of these dry but crisp conditions. It’s time to get out the rake!

* Rake leaves away from storm drains and keep gutters clear.

* Fallen leaves can be used for mulch and compost. Chop up large leaves with a couple of passes with a lawn mower.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs while they’re dormant. Without their foliage, trees are easier to prune.

* Rake and remove dead leaves and stems from dormant perennials.

* Make sure to take frost precautions with new transplants and sensitive plants. Mulch, water and cover tender plants in the late afternoon to retain warmth.

* Succulent plants are at particular risk if temperatures drop below freezing. Don’t water succulents before frost; cover instead. Use cloth sheets, not plastic. Make sure to remove coverings during the day.

* Clean and sharpen garden tools before storing for the winter.

* Brighten the holidays with winter bloomers such as poinsettias, amaryllis, calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies and primroses.

* Keep poinsettias in a sunny, warm location. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they'll bloom again next December.

* Just because it rained doesn't mean every plant got watered. Give a drink to plants that the rain didn't reach, such as under eaves or under evergreen trees. Also, well-watered plants hold up better to frost than thirsty plants.

* Plant garlic (December's the last chance -- the ground is getting cold!) and onions for harvest in summer.

* Bare-root season begins. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb. Beware of soggy soil. It can rot bare-root plants.

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