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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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For week of June 4:

Because of the comfortable weather, it’s not too late to set out tomato and pepper seedlings as well as squash and melon plants. They’ll appreciate this not-too-hot weather. Just remember to water.

* From seed, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, melons, squash and sunflowers.

* Plant basil to go with your tomatoes.

* Transplant summer annuals such as petunias, marigolds and zinnias.

* It’s also a good time to transplant perennial flowers including astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia, salvia and verbena.

* Let the grass grow longer. Set the mower blades high to reduce stress on your lawn during summer heat. To cut down on evaporation, water your lawn deeply during the wee hours of the morning, between 2 and 8 a.m.

* Tie up vines and stake tall plants such as gladiolus and lilies. That gives their heavy flowers some support.

* Dig and divide crowded bulbs after the tops have died down.

* Feed summer flowers with a slow-release fertilizer.

* Mulch, mulch, mulch! This “blanket” keeps moisture in the soil longer and helps your plants cope during hot weather.

* Thin grapes on the vine for bigger, better clusters later this summer.

* Cut back fruit-bearing canes on berries.

* Feed camellias, azaleas and other acid-loving plants.

* Trim off dead flowers from rose bushes to keep them blooming through the summer. Roses also benefit from deep watering and feeding now. A top dressing of aged compost will keep them happy. It feeds as well as keeps roots moist.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushier plants with many more flowers in September.

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