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Arrington talks spring recipes on Green Acres podcast

Look for new SDG signs with recipe links at all seven nurseries

Kevin Jordan and Debbie Arrington check out some of the plants in the vegetable section of Green Acres Nursery & Supply.

Kevin Jordan and Debbie Arrington check out some of the plants in the vegetable section of Green Acres Nursery & Supply. Courtesy of Green Acres Nursery & Supply

When it comes to gardening and food, we here at Sacramento Digs Gardening can talk all day. Fortunately for listeners of “Green Acres Garden Podcast,” one lengthy conversation was edited down to 31 minutes.

Hear for yourself – and get inspired to grow more edible plants in your garden. For the new podcast released today (April 19), Sacramento Digs Gardening co-creator Debbie Arrington joins host Kevin Jordan to discuss “Spring Recipes from the Garden.”

Listen to it here:

Sponsored by Green Acres Nursery & Supply, the podcast highlights recipes from SDG’s popular e-cookbooks, “Taste Spring” and “Taste Summer,” which are available free online. Find them and more SDG recipes here:

Jordan ranks among the state’s top garden educators. A science and horticulture teacher at Leo A. Palmiter Junior and Senior High School in Arden-Arcade, Jordan was presented the 2023 Outstanding Educator Award by the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. He also was the 2023 Teacher of the Year by the Sacramento County Office of Education.

Jordan appreciates the link between food gardening and better nutrition – as well as fostering a love of healthy eating. Together, Jordan and Arrington chatted about some of the don’t-miss recipes in the e-cookbooks such as strawberry-spinach salad and apricots baked in almond cream.

Recipe sign
Here's the sign and QR code to look for at
Green Acres Nursery & Supply.

In addition, the pair announced a new way gardeners can find out what to do with their future crop at the point of plant purchase. Starting this week, Green Acres will post signs next to its vegetable and herb tables with a QR code linking directly to Sacramento Digs Gardening’s recipes and e-cookbooks.

Look for the signs at all seven Green Acres locations in Sacramento, Auburn, Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom, Rocklin and Roseville.

Details and directions:


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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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