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We're moving! Starting Sept. 1, find us at

New, more-stable site and newsletter to debut

Look for our new logo at
starting Thursday.

After four-plus years as a blog, Sacramento Digs Gardening will shift Thursday to a growing news site:

California Local is an online news resource, with an emphasis on local. That's one big reason Sacramento Digs Gardening agreed to be a "Media Alliance" member.  After all, all gardening is local.

Here's how the founders describe California Local: "We're your virtual home for daily local news, community resources and connections to the people and groups making a positive impact in your community. We provide a safe space for people to come together to learn more about their community and connect with others to make the community better."

California Local has a statewide view, as well as local alliances thus far in eight counties: Sacramento, El Dorado, Monterey, Nevada, Placer, San Benito, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz, plus the Truckee-Tahoe region. It's growing daily, and we're thrilled to be part of it. You can check out the Sacramento home page here:

Our subscribers from the blogspot site are coming along with us: The newsletter subscriber list as it existed in July will receive the new version of our daily newsletter. And new subscribers will find an easy-to-read sign-up form on our site. As soon as we're live, there will be a link posted here.

Sacramento Digs Gardening's more than 1,500 posts -- back to June 1, 2018 -- will be accessible and searchable at California Local. Our Sunday recipes in particular will be easier to find. The popular weekly Garden Checklist will be visible on the right-hand side of each page, and we'll have easy-to-find links to our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter social media accounts. (Those will get more active down the line, too.)

More features are planned, but since fall planting season is beginning, we were eager to get the newsletter into circulation again. So we decided to go live now rather than wait any longer.

The blogspot site will remain up for awhile as a resource, but will not have new content.

We want to thank California Local's Mike Gelbman, Chris Neklason, Eric Johnson and Sharan Street for all their help and encouragement in making this move possible.

Now, come grow with us!

Debbie Arrington and Kathy Morrison


1 comment has been posted.
  • Top level comment icon 🌀 Chris Neklason (Santa Cruz County) • Posted Sept. 1, 2022, 9:32 a.m.

    I'm very pleased to welcome Sacramento Digs Gardening to California Local!


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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.

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