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Celebrate spring gardening at Placer's Garden Faire

Saturday event designed for gardeners of all ages

Huge air-filled flowers greet visitors to last year's Garden Faire at the Maidu Community Center. This year's event will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Huge air-filled flowers greet visitors to last year's Garden Faire at the Maidu Community Center. This year's event will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kathy Morrison

Gardeners young and old, experienced or beginners, will find something to delight and inform them this Saturday, April 13, at the Placer County master gardeners' annual Garden Faire.

The free event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Maidu Community Center, 1550 Maidu Drive, Roseville. The City of Roseville's Environmental Utilities Department sponsors the event.

Families with children will want to visit the Lorax-themed children's area, which will feature Truffula Trees decor, crafts and games.

Gardeners aiming to expand their horticulture knowledge can listen to talks from two keynote speakers: landscape designer Michael Glassman, speaking on "Landscapijg Trends for 2024," and Kevin Marini, certified arborist and Placer master gardener, whose topic will be "Honey I Shrunk the Fruit Trees."

Giving workshop presentations will be Justin Black, water conservation specialist with the City of Roseville, and Peggy Beltramo, a Placer master gardener, whose program will be "Plan, Sow, Grow."

Local nurseries will have plants for sale, and several gardening and environment-focused organizations also will be represented. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day. And of course, the Placer County master gardeners will be present to handle visitors' gardening questions and puzzles.

A new feature this year will be displays of garden-related art from local artists and galleries, presented by the Arts Council of Placer County.

Some of the Placer master gardeners, meanwhile, will be at work Saturday in the Loomis Demonstration Garden, at the Loomis Library. The garden will be open for visitors from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Or get there at 10:30 a.m. for the free monthly garden workshop in the library. This month's topic is "Planning Your Summer Vegetable Garden."

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Garden Checklist for week of June 23

Get to work in the mornings while it’s still cool.

* Irrigate early in the day; your plants will appreciate it.

* Generally, tomatoes need deep watering two to three times a week, but don't let them dry out completely. That can encourage blossom-end rot.

* 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 early 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.

* Avoid pot “hot feet.” Place a 1-inch-thick board under container plants sitting on pavement. This little cushion helps insulate them from radiated heat.

* 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. Mulch to conserve moisture and reduce heat stress.

* Cut back Shasta daisies after flowering to encourage a second bloom in the fall.

* 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.

* 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.

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