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Learn about beekeeping, fall gardening and more

Tri-County Home & Garden Show offers 15 seminars

A Western honey bee gathers pollen from a sunflower on a recent morning. Learn all about keeping bees for honey during the Tri-County Home & Garden Show this weekend.

A Western honey bee gathers pollen from a sunflower on a recent morning. Learn all about keeping bees for honey during the Tri-County Home & Garden Show this weekend. Kathy Morrison

Beat the heat and learn about gardening during seminars offered at the Tri-County Home & Garden Show, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 18-20, at Roseville’s Roebbelen Center.

Spread over all three days, 15 home and garden seminars will be presented by local experts. The seminars are included with admission to the Tri-County show, which targets residents in Sacramento, Placer and El Dorado counties.

For gardeners and nature lovers, some seminars stand out.

Designed for bee lovers of all ages, “Uncle Jer’s Bee Show!” highlights all three days – 1 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Uncle Jer – Jerry Johnson of Elk Grove – started tending hives as a kid on his family’s farm. Now he keeps bees for fun in suburbia.

“Interested in bee-keeping? Learn about the fascinating society of honey bees from a long time bee-keeper,” say the organizers. “Uncle Jer will discuss the secret life of pollinators, the benefits of honey and the ins and outs of raising bees for honey. There will be lots of Q&A time about becoming a backyard beekeeper!”

At noon Saturday, a favorite flower for hanging baskets or shady spots takes the spotlight. “For the Love of Fuchsias” will be presented by John Furnas, Donna Niemoller and Nora Haley, all members of the American Fuchsia Society. They’ll offer tips on how to grow beautiful fuchsias in the greater Sacramento area and make the most of warm shade.

Master gardeners will offer timely programs on Saturday and Sunday.

Thinking about ditching your tired, thirsty turf? At 11 a.m. Saturday, master gardener Julie Long will present “Lawn Replacement – From Blah to Beautiful.” Long says, “Learn the best way to get rid of your high maintenance lawn and create a pollinator paradise!”

At 2 p.m. Saturday, master gardener Susan Bosworth offers tips for making the most of late summer and autumn opportunities during “Fall in Love with Gardening.” “It may still be sweltering outside, but cooler weather is coming,” she says in her seminar description. “There is still lots to do in the garden before the rains start. Learn what needs to get cut back, how to clean your tools and more.”

After focusing on fall, set your sights on spring. At 11 a.m. Sunday, join master gardeners Sandi Fitzpatrick and Cynthia Tran for “Bulbs for Spring Color: Fall is bulb-planting season!” They describe their talk as “a time for gardeners to project themselves into the future – specifically next spring. Anyone who wants clutches of tulips, clumps of hyacinths or dozens of daffodils in their spring garden must plan and plant in fall.”

For a complete seminar schedule:

The Roebbelen Center is located at 700 Event Center Drive, Roseville. Show hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets are $10 general, $5 seniors (60 and up); children age 12 and younger admitted free. Discounts are available for purchasing tickets in advance online. At the gate, cash-only admission ($10) will be available. Parking is $10.

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It's still not warm enough to transplant tomatoes directly in the ground, but we’re getting there.

* April is the last chance to plant citrus trees such as dwarf orange, lemon and kumquat. These trees also look good in landscaping and provide fresh fruit in winter.

* Smell orange blossoms? Feed citrus trees with a low dose of balanced fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) during bloom to help set fruit. Keep an eye out for ants.

* Apply slow-release fertilizer to the lawn.

* Thoroughly clean debris from the bottom of outdoor ponds or fountains.

* Spring brings a flush of rapid growth, and that means your garden needs nutrients. Fertilize shrubs and trees with a slow-release fertilizer. Or mulch with a 1-inch layer of compost.

* Azaleas and camellias looking a little yellow? If leaves are turning yellow between the veins, give them a boost with chelated iron.

* Trim dead flowers but not leaves from spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. Those leaves gather energy to create next year's flowers. Also, give the bulbs a fertilizer boost after bloom.

* Pinch chrysanthemums back to 12 inches for fall flowers. Cut old stems to the ground.

* Mulch around plants to conserve moisture and control weeds.

* From seed, plant beans, beets, cantaloupes, carrots, corn, cucumbers, melons, radishes and squash.

* Plant onion sets.

* In the flower garden, plant seeds for asters, cosmos, celosia, marigolds, salvia, sunflowers and zinnias.

* Transplant petunias, zinnias, geraniums and other summer bloomers.

* Plant perennials and dahlia tubers for summer bloom.

* Mid to late April is about the last chance to plant summer bulbs, such as gladiolus and tuberous begonias.

* Transplant lettuce seedlings. Choose varieties that mature quickly such as loose leaf.

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