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Insect and art events highlight busy October weekend

Loomis in the spotlight with compost class, High-Hand Nursery event

The Bohart Museum of Entomology celebrates insects in art and culture during its Saturday event.

The Bohart Museum of Entomology celebrates insects in art and culture during its Saturday event.

Bohart Museum of Entomology, UC Davis

Another busy October weekend! In addition to the Sierra Foothills Rose Show, which we wrote about earlier this week, these gardening and outdoor events are on tap Saturday:

Free composting workshop, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Loomis Library, 6050 Library Road, Loomis. The Placer County master gardeners will present the basics of backyard composting and how it can improve the soil. Learn how to get started and keep the compost pile healthy.

 — Special talk on “Plants, Insects and Art: Mary Foley Benson's Scientific Illustrations,” 11 a.m. Saturday at the Teaching and Learning Complex (TLC) Building on the UC Davis campus.  This event is part of Spirit Week  for  Aggie students, parents and alumni, but all are welcome.  Srđan Tunić, a candidate for an M.A. in art history  and an associate at the Bohart Museum of Entomology at UC Davis, will highlight the work of the late artist (1905-1992) and the collection of her work owned by UC Davis. Here’s a link to her beautiful illustration of a harlequin bug.

October Outreach event focusing on “Insects, Art & Culture,” 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, UC Davis. The Bohart invites everyone to come learn about insects through the lenses of art and culture. (Spider-Man, anyone?) This event also is part of Spirit Week but the public is welcome. Free admission and parking. The Bohart is in Room 1124, Academic Surge Building, 455 Crocker Lane, UC Davis Main Campus. Map here.

– Grand opening of the High-Hand Mercantile, 5-8 p.m. Saturday. High-Hand Nursery and Cafe in Loomis is ready to reveal the renovated Mercantile. Light bites and complimentary wine while it lasts, and 10 percent off all purchases at the High-Hand Flower Market and on all pottery. 3570 Taylor Road, Loomis. Map here

-- Kathy Morrison


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For week of March 26:

Sacramento can expect another inch of rain from this latest storm. Leave the sprinklers off at least another week. Temps will dip down into the low 30s early in the week, so avoid planting tender seedlings (such as tomatoes). Concentrate on these tasks before or after this week’s rain:

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* Knock off aphids with a strong blast of water or some bug soap as soon as they appear.

* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.

* Prepare summer vegetable beds. Spade in compost and other amendments.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Feed camellias at the end of their bloom cycle. Pick up browned and fallen flowers to help corral blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees, which are now in bloom and setting fruit.

To prevent sunburn and borer problems on young trees, paint the exposed portion of the trunk with diluted white latex (water-based) interior paint. Dilute the paint with an equal amount of cold water before application.

* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.

* Seed and renovate the lawn (if you still have one). Feed cool-season grasses such as bent, blue, rye and fescue with a slow-release fertilizer. Check the irrigation system and perform maintenance. Make sure sprinkler heads are turned toward the lawn, not the sidewalk.

* In the vegetable garden, transplant lettuce and kale.

* Seed chard and beets directly into the ground.

* Plant summer bulbs, including gladiolus, tuberous begonias and callas. Also plant dahlia tubers.

* Shop for perennials. Many varieties are available in local nurseries and at plant events. They can be transplanted now while the weather remains relatively cool.

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