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Checklist for the Week Articles

Sat, May 18, 2024

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of May 19

Get ready for warm, sunny and breezy days ahead

Sat, May 11, 2024

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of May 12

Spring growth gets heat check as Sacramento hits 90-plus

Sat, May 04, 2024

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of May 5

Chilly storm throws another curve into spring weather

Sat, Apr 27, 2024

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of April 28

Sunshine follows April showers for a warm end to month

Sat, Apr 20, 2024

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of April 21

Enjoy the sunshine and get ready for summer crops

Sat, Apr 13, 2024

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of April 14

April showers will give way to plenty of sunshine

Sat, Mar 30, 2024

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of March 31

April starts with a sunny break before more showers

Sat, Mar 23, 2024

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of March 24

Spring gets off to rainy start, keeps temperatures cool

Sat, Mar 16, 2024

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of March 17

Make the most of warm weather; tackle weeds and other spring chores.

Sat, Mar 09, 2024

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of March 10

Spring is almost here (but first, some more rain)

Sat, Feb 24, 2024

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Feb. 25

Enjoy a glimpse of spring before more rain arrives

Sat, Feb 17, 2024

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Feb. 18

Rain will dampen gardening plans, keep soil wet

Sat, Feb 10, 2024

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Feb. 11

Super weather for late-winter gardening on tap

Sat, Feb 03, 2024

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Feb. 4

More heavy rain is on the way; watch out for gusty winds

Sat, Jan 27, 2024

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Jan. 28

January ends with a touch of spring, but more rain on the way

Sat, Jan 20, 2024

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Jan. 21

Get comfy indoors during very rainy days to come.

Sat, Jan 06, 2024

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Jan. 7

Rain and frost fill Sacramento’s forecast

Sat, Dec 30, 2023

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Dec. 31

New Year starts like the old year ends — kind of soggy

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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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Taste Winter! E-cookbook

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