Placer County master gardeners offer free workshop
Sacramento master gardeners will be on hand to offer advice and tips
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Control district sees spike in calls -- but winter storms this week will bring relief
Green Acres offers free seed-starting workshop at all seven locations
Huge three-day show features designer landscapes and free seminars
Warm days and early blooms belie true weather conditions
Sign up for a free winter ramble Sunday near Davis
In-street pick-up service wraps up for another winter
California Rare Fruit Growers host popular event Feb. 4
Citrus Heights location offers three workshops, curated collection and expert advice
Sacramento expects 2.3 inches of rain (or more) in the next three days
These slimy pests are particularly active after rain
Share seeds with other gardeners and bring home some for your own garden, too
Garden clubs meet at the McKinley Park site -- arts groups, too
Get answers to garden questions while watching experts at work
More pruning events set for Saturdays throughout January
Some trouble spots to look for before Saturday's storm
Yolo County master gardeners offer free Zoom workshop on insect, disease identification
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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.
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