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Tue, Feb 06, 2024

Learn to grow blueberries in your backyard

Placer County master gardeners offer free workshop

Mon, Feb 05, 2024

Find gardening inspiration, answers at Open Garden Day this weekend in Fair Oaks

Sacramento master gardeners will be on hand to offer advice and tips

Fri, Feb 02, 2024

Farmer Fred shares how to grow a 'Heart Healthy Garden'

After heart surgery, popular garden expert changed his life with homegrown vegetables, fruit

Wed, Jan 31, 2024

Recent warm days wake up pesky mosquitoes

Control district sees spike in calls -- but winter storms this week will bring relief

Tue, Jan 30, 2024

Learn how to start vegetables, flowers from seed

Green Acres offers free seed-starting workshop at all seven locations

Mon, Jan 29, 2024

NorCal Home & Landscape Expo returns to Cal Expo

Huge three-day show features designer landscapes and free seminars

Fri, Jan 26, 2024

Is Sacramento headed for an early spring?

Warm days and early blooms belie true weather conditions

Thu, Jan 25, 2024

Enjoy the subtle sights of a native plant garden in winter

Sign up for a free winter ramble Sunday near Davis

Wed, Jan 24, 2024

The Claw season ends Monday in Sacramento

In-street pick-up service wraps up for another winter

Tue, Jan 23, 2024

Expand your backyard orchard at Scion Exchange

California Rare Fruit Growers host popular event Feb. 4

Mon, Jan 22, 2024

Green Acres hosts 'Extraordinary Houseplant Event'

Citrus Heights location offers three workshops, curated collection and expert advice

Fri, Jan 19, 2024

Get your garden ready for atmospheric rivers

Sacramento expects 2.3 inches of rain (or more) in the next three days

Thu, Jan 18, 2024

How to fight snails and slugs before they eat everything

These slimy pests are particularly active after rain

Wed, Jan 17, 2024

Celebrate National Seed Swap Day in Fair Oaks

Share seeds with other gardeners and bring home some for your own garden, too

Tue, Jan 16, 2024

Where do plant lovers hang out in Sacramento? Try the Shepard Center

Garden clubs meet at the McKinley Park site -- arts groups, too

Mon, Jan 15, 2024

Join Sacramento master gardeners Saturday for Open Garden

Get answers to garden questions while watching experts at work

Fri, Jan 12, 2024

McKinley Park rose garden needs volunteers

More pruning events set for Saturdays throughout January

Thu, Jan 11, 2024

More rain is coming soon -- how's the garden holding up?

Some trouble spots to look for before Saturday's storm

Wed, Jan 10, 2024

Learn how to tell good bugs from bad pests

Yolo County master gardeners offer free Zoom workshop on insect, disease identification

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Dig In: Garden Checklist

For week of March 3:

* Celebrate the city flower! Catch the 100th Sacramento Camellia Show 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2, and 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the Scottish Rite Center, 6151 H St., Sacramento. Admission is free.

* Between showers, pick up fallen camellia blooms; that helps cut down on the spread of blossom blight that prematurely browns petals.

* Feed camellias after they bloom with fertilizer formulated for acid-loving plants.

* Camellias need little pruning. Remove dead wood and shape, if necessary.

* Tread lightly or not at all on wet ground; it compacts soil.

* Avoid digging in wet soil, too; wait until it clumps in your hand but doesn’t feel squishy.

* Note spots in your garden that stay wet after storms; improve drainage with the addition of organic matter such as compost.

* Keep an eye out for leaning trunks or ground disturbances around a tree’s base, a sign of shifting roots in the wet soil.

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

* If aphids are attracted to new growth, knock them off with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap. To make your own “bug soap,” use two tablespoons liquid soap – not detergent – to one quart water in a spray bottle. Shake it up before use. Among the liquid soaps that seem most effective are Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soaps; try the peppermint scent.

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

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

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

* Make plans for your summer garden. Once the soil is ready, start adding amendments such as compost.

* Indoors, start seeds for summer favorites such as tomatoes, peppers and squash as well as summer flowers.

Taste Spring! E-cookbook

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Taste Fall! E-cookbook

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