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Fri, May 12, 2023

UC Davis Arboretum nursery hosts clearance plant sale

Find huge discounts on water-wise selections, perfect for our climate

Thu, May 11, 2023

Foothill gardens open for Mother's Day tour

Six Loomis and Granite Bay sites to welcome visitors

Wed, May 10, 2023

Get mums for moms (and you) on Saturday

Find hundreds of rare plants at Sacramento chrysanthemum cutting sale

Tue, May 09, 2023

Two events offer hard-to-find roses

Sacramento Rose Society hosts auction; heritage rose expert holds yard sale

Mon, May 08, 2023

Celebrate Mother's Day weekend with East Sac Garden Tour

Popular Sacramento tradition returns, benefits David Lubin School

Fri, May 05, 2023

Celebrate bees and honey Saturday at Woodland festival

The event's After Party will be buzzing at The Hive

Thu, May 04, 2023

'Whiplash weather' can take toll on young plants

What to expect from our roller-coaster spring temperatures

Thu, May 04, 2023

Learn to make herb-infused syrups, honeys

Soil Born Farms hosts special workshop Saturday focusing on preserving flavors of homegrown herbs

Wed, May 03, 2023

Sacramento master gardeners host early-evening Open Garden

Thursday event coincides with Fair Oaks' Summer Preview

Tue, May 02, 2023

Get free mulch at these May events

'Mulch Mayhem' returns to Sacramento, Placer counties

Mon, May 01, 2023

See three-day celebration of succulents, cacti

Sacramento group hosts huge show and sale at Shepard Center

Fri, Apr 28, 2023

Folsom Garden Tour, Spring Garden Faire in Elk Grove on tap

Find spring inspiration at these special weekend events

Thu, Apr 27, 2023

See California natives in residential gardens Saturday

The free tour includes 26 gardens from Folsom to Woodland

Wed, Apr 26, 2023

UC Davis Arboretum hosts huge public plant sale

Hundreds of water-wise selections available; see them in bloom

Tue, Apr 25, 2023

Sacramento Orchid Show and Sale moves to new location

Spectacular tropical showcase set for Wyndham Hotel this weekend

Mon, Apr 24, 2023

Sacramento Rose Society hosts 75th annual show

See hundreds in bloom and learn more about roses

Fri, Apr 21, 2023

ARC student plant sale returns Saturday

Find hundreds of annuals, vegetables and more, including some big bargains

Wed, Apr 19, 2023

Curtis Park Home and Garden Tour returns Saturday

After five-year hiatus, popular event features five historic homes

Tue, Apr 18, 2023

Celebrate Earth Day at Garden Faire in Roseville

Placer County master gardeners mark anniversary with workshops, speakers

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Find our spring recipes here!

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Dig In: Garden Checklist

For week of June 4:

Because of the comfortable weather, it’s not too late to set out tomato and pepper seedlings as well as squash and melon plants. They’ll appreciate this not-too-hot weather. Just remember to water.

* From seed, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, melons, squash and sunflowers.

* Plant basil to go with your tomatoes.

* Transplant summer annuals such as petunias, marigolds and zinnias.

* It’s also a good time to transplant perennial flowers including astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia, salvia and verbena.

* Let the grass grow longer. Set the mower blades high to reduce stress on your lawn during summer heat. To cut down on evaporation, water your lawn deeply during the wee hours of the morning, between 2 and 8 a.m.

* Tie up vines and stake tall plants such as gladiolus and lilies. That gives their heavy flowers some support.

* Dig and divide crowded bulbs after the tops have died down.

* Feed summer flowers with a slow-release fertilizer.

* Mulch, mulch, mulch! This “blanket” keeps moisture in the soil longer and helps your plants cope during hot weather.

* Thin grapes on the vine for bigger, better clusters later this summer.

* Cut back fruit-bearing canes on berries.

* Feed camellias, azaleas and other acid-loving plants.

* Trim off dead flowers from rose bushes to keep them blooming through the summer. Roses also benefit from deep watering and feeding now. A top dressing of aged compost will keep them happy. It feeds as well as keeps roots moist.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushier plants with many more flowers in September.

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