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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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Garden Checklist for week of July 7

Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

* Harvest tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplant. Prompt picking will help keep plants producing.

* Remove spent flowers from roses, daylilies and other bloomers as they finish flowering.

* Pinch off blooms from basil so the plant will grow more leaves.

* Cut back lavender after flowering to promote a second bloom.

* One good thing about hot days: Most lawns stop growing when temperatures top 95 degrees. Keep mower blades set on high.

* Once the weather cools down a little, it’s not too late to add a splash of color. Plant petunias, snapdragons, zinnias and marigolds.

* After the heat wave, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, winter squash and sunflowers. Make sure the seeds stay hydrated.

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