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Find cool garden stuff during Community Yard Sale at Shepard Center

Local clubs offer lots of garden gear plus much more at huge yard sale

The patio and parking lot of the Shepard Garden & Arts Center in East Sacramento will be the site of the Community Yard Sale this Saturday.

The patio and parking lot of the Shepard Garden & Arts Center in East Sacramento will be the site of the Community Yard Sale this Saturday. Kathy Morrison

Flower arrangers have the coolest rummage sales – so many vases! Plus other interesting stuff to show off blooms at their best.

Gardeners of all kinds tend to accumulate stuff – especially gardening stuff such as plants, pots, tools, books and garden art. Just the sort of stuff of which any gardener needs more.

Here’s your chance to get some of that useful garden and flower-arranging stuff at great prices during the annual Community Yard Sale, set for Saturday, May 18, at Shepard Garden and Arts Center.

Organized by the Sacramento chapter of Ikebana International, the sale also features other garden clubs and club members who use Shepard Center, Sacramento’s garden clubhouse.

Sale hours will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission and parking are free. Sale items aren’t limited to garden-connected items; individuals could sell whatever they like, just like other yard sales. Except this one features dozens of sellers in one place, and all of them have a gardening interest.

This event is a fundraiser for the Ikebana club, which meets regularly at Shepard Center and preserves the art of Japanese-inspired flower arranging.

Shepard Center is located at 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento, in McKinley Park. The sale will be held on the center’s outdoor patio and parking lot.

Details and directions: https://www.sgaac.org/.

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Garden Checklist for week of May 19

Temperatures will be a bit higher than normal in the afternoons this week. Take care of chores early in the day – then enjoy the afternoon. It’s time to smell the roses.

* Plant, plant, plant! It’s prime planting season in the Sacramento area. If you haven’t already, it’s time to set out those tomato transplants along with peppers and eggplants. Pinch off any flowers on new transplants to make them concentrate on establishing roots instead of setting premature fruit.

* Direct-seed melons, cucumbers, summer squash, corn, radishes, pumpkins and annual herbs such as basil.

* Harvest cabbage, lettuce, peas and green onions.

* In the flower garden, direct-seed sunflowers, cosmos, salvia, zinnias, marigolds, celosia and asters.

* Plant dahlia tubers. Other perennials to set out include verbena, coreopsis, coneflower and astilbe.

* Transplant petunias, marigolds and perennial flowers such as astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia and verbena.

* Keep an eye out for slugs, snails, earwigs and aphids that want to dine on tender new growth.

* Feed summer bloomers with a balanced fertilizer.

* For continued bloom, cut off spent flowers on roses as well as other flowering plants.

* Don’t forget to water. Seedlings need moisture. Deep watering will help build strong roots and healthy plants.

* Add mulch to the garden to help keep that precious water from evaporating. Mulch also cuts down on weeds. But don’t let it mound around the stems or trunks of trees or shrubs. Leave about a 6-inch to 1-foot circle to avoid crown rot or other problems.

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