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Shepard Center hosts community yard sale

Ikebana club and Friends of East Sacramento present event full of 'useful and interesting stuff'

From garden tools and supplies to housewares, expect a diverse range of items at the Community Yard Sale on Saturday.

From garden tools and supplies to housewares, expect a diverse range of items at the Community Yard Sale on Saturday. Kathy Morrison

When it comes to yard sales, the more participating sellers the better. They diversify the merchandise.

And this yard sale will have it all from outdoor art and country chic to practical housewares and garden supplies.

Saturday, May 20, Shepard Garden and Arts Center in McKinley Park will be full of local sellers during its second annual Community Yard Sale. Sponsored by Ikebana International Sacramento and Friends of East Sacramento, the sale will be held in the center’s parking lot and patio.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free. Due to the sale, park on the streets surrounding the north end of McKinley Park.

“The Community Yard Sale is the perfect place to sell useful or interesting stuff you no longer use in your home,” say the organizers. “Last year’s sale featured garden and floral design supplies, useful houseware items, camping equipment and collectibles – including a collection of vintage ‘Wizard of Oz’ Christmas tree ornaments.”

Got stuff to sell? Space may still be available. Cost is $40 per table. To reserve a sales table or space, email or call 916-452-8011.

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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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