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Checklist for the Week Articles

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

Sat, Dec 23, 2023

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Dec. 24:

Storms take a break over Christmas weekend, but keep umbrella close

Sat, Dec 16, 2023

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Dec. 17

Sacramento forecast calls for three days of steady rain

Sat, Dec 09, 2023

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Dec. 10

Be prepared to chill: Frosty mornings return to Sacramento forecast

Sat, Dec 02, 2023

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Dec. 3

December starts with damp days but good planting conditions

Sat, Nov 25, 2023

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Nov. 26

Freeze warning remains in effect through Monday morning; take frost precautions

Sat, Nov 18, 2023

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Nov. 19

Clear and cool conditions expected after Saturday's soaking

Sat, Nov 11, 2023

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Nov. 12

‘Atmospheric river’ could soak Sacramento with 1.5 inches of rain

Sat, Nov 04, 2023

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Nov. 5

Fall weather (including some rain) arrives as we 'fall back' to standard time; remember to reset your clocks

Sat, Oct 21, 2023

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Oct. 22

Pleasant planting weather returns after Sunday's expected (light) rain

Sat, Oct 14, 2023

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Oct. 15

Warm days return; make the most of planting weather

Sat, Oct 07, 2023

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Oct. 8

Much cooler temperatures coming soon; plant now!

Sat, Sep 30, 2023

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Oct. 1

Light rain, cool temperatures and warm soil create great conditions for planting fall garden.

Sat, Sep 23, 2023

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Sept. 24

Autumn starts on cool side – with a chance of rain coming soon

Sat, Sep 16, 2023

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Sept. 17

Final days of summer will be perfect for fall planting

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Garden Checklist for week of July 7

Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

* Harvest tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplant. Prompt picking will help keep plants producing.

* Remove spent flowers from roses, daylilies and other bloomers as they finish flowering.

* Pinch off blooms from basil so the plant will grow more leaves.

* Cut back lavender after flowering to promote a second bloom.

* One good thing about hot days: Most lawns stop growing when temperatures top 95 degrees. Keep mower blades set on high.

* Once the weather cools down a little, it’s not too late to add a splash of color. Plant petunias, snapdragons, zinnias and marigolds.

* After the heat wave, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, winter squash and sunflowers. Make sure the seeds stay hydrated.

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