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Fri, Mar 24, 2023

'Grow Orangevale' features Farmer Fred, Baldo Villegas

At day-long free event, experts offer advice to inspire spring gardening

Thu, Mar 23, 2023

Learn to grow tomatoes that dreams are made of

Saturday class, presentations focus on vegetable gardening

Wed, Mar 22, 2023

Learn about firescaping, better protect your home

Free workshop offers advice on fire-wise landscaping renovations

Tue, Mar 21, 2023

Cymbidium orchids to pack Shepard Center

Show and sale features Sacramento Valley's best outdoor orchids

Mon, Mar 20, 2023

Happy spring! (But wait on planting tomatoes)

Cold, rainy conditions in forecast for Sacramento

Fri, Mar 17, 2023

After sunny break, rain returns to Sacramento

Expect spring to get off to a soggy start, weather service says

Thu, Mar 16, 2023

Early Spring Ramble coming up March 26

Visit a garden of natives as the green season gets going

Wed, Mar 15, 2023

Dick Tracy, 'Garden Detective,' dies at 84

Award-winning garden writer, author helped solve backyard mysteries

Tue, Mar 14, 2023

Green Acres hosts 'Dig Into Spring Ideas Fair' on Saturday

New Roseville nursery and garden store will be packed with activities March 18

Mon, Mar 13, 2023

Grow local, shop local at Gardener's Market

Sacramento Perennial Plant Club hosts vendors and 'The Plant Lady' on Saturday

Sun, Mar 12, 2023

Orange sugar cookies: Bites of sweet sunshine

Recipe: Triple-orange sugar cookies with or without orange glaze

Sat, Mar 11, 2023

Dig In: Garden checklist for March 12

Sacramento gets soaked (again) as we ‘spring’ forward

Wed, Mar 08, 2023

Beware of falling branches; more wind, rain coming soon

Sacramento region could get 4-plus inches of rain, wind gusts up to 50 mph

Tue, Mar 07, 2023

UC Davis Arboretum hosts Friends-only spring sale

First of the season's four sales features huge selection of water-wise plants

Mon, Mar 06, 2023

Shepard Center hosts annual spring sale

Find plants and much more at this popular event

Fri, Mar 03, 2023

Winter weather warning: More cold rain -- and snow -- are on their way

Weather service says 'expect substantial disruptions to daily life'

Thu, Mar 02, 2023

CNPS chapter kicks off spring plant sale season

Online sale of California natives begins Saturday

Wed, Mar 01, 2023

Learn about attracting bees, butterflies, hummingbirds

Placer County master gardeners offer free pollinator workshop

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Dig In: Garden Checklist

For week of March 19:

Spring will start a bit soggy, but there’s still plenty to do between showers:

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* Watch out for aphids. Wash off plants with strong blast from the hose.

* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.

* Prepare summer vegetable beds. Spade in compost and other amendments.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Feed camellias at the end of their bloom cycle. Pick up browned and fallen flowers to fight blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees as they start to blossom.

* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.

* Seed and renovate the lawn (if you still have one). Feed cool-season grasses such as bent, blue, rye and fescue with a slow-release fertilizer. Check the irrigation system and perform maintenance. Make sure sprinkler heads are turned toward the lawn, not the sidewalk.

* In the vegetable garden, transplant lettuce and kale.

* Seed chard and beets directly into the ground.

* Plant summer bulbs, including gladiolus, tuberous begonias and callas. Also plant dahlia tubers.

* Shop for perennials. Many varieties are available in local nurseries and at plant events. They can be transplanted now while the weather remains relatively cool.

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