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Image caption: This is, as they say, a serving suggestion: Strawberry-raspberry compote dresses up cheese blintzes, but could just as easily work on pound cake, ice cream or pancakes.

Featured: Easy fruit compote perfect for spring

Strawberries shine, raspberries add color to versatile sauce

Sat, Apr 13, 2024

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of April 14

April showers will give way to plenty of sunshine

Fri, Apr 12, 2024

Threat of thunderstorms delays huge sale a day

Perennial Plant Club shifts second day of event to Sunday; other Saturday events still planned

Thu, Apr 11, 2024

Celebrate spring gardening at Placer's Garden Faire

Saturday event designed for gardeners of all ages

Wed, Apr 10, 2024

Perennial Plant Club hosts huge spring sale and celebration

Find member-grown perennials, natives and more; event also includes tours, food, tool sharpening, garden art

Tue, Apr 09, 2024

'Walk with Warren' and see UC Davis Arboretum in bloom

Popular tour led by Warren Roberts highlights spring flowers in the public gardens

Mon, Apr 08, 2024

Huge bonsai show devoted to 'little trees'

Sacramento club's annual event includes beginner workshop, guest artist demonstrations

Fri, Apr 05, 2024

Huei's Garden open for Sunday tours in April

Events at famous feng shui oasis raise funds to help children at Shriners Hospital.

Wed, Apr 03, 2024

Shop for California native plants; recycle plastic pots

SacValley CNPS Nursery & Gardens hosts sale, needs used containers for future sales

Tue, Apr 02, 2024

UC Davis Arboretum Nursery hosts plant sale Sunday

Event features succulents, natives and water-wise perennials; members get in early

Mon, Apr 01, 2024

Shop for unusual African violets at big sale

Capital City African Violet Society hosts annual event

Sun, Mar 31, 2024

This springtime carrot cake has a difference

Chocolate glaze especially appropriate for a holiday dessert

Sat, Mar 30, 2024

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of March 31

April starts with a sunny break before more showers

Fri, Mar 29, 2024

Best time to take rose cuttings? How to make a new bush

Master rosarian shares tips with Farmer Fred on spring rose care basics, propagation

Thu, Mar 28, 2024

Spring offers a packed calendar of area garden tours

Gardens' best finery on display in fundraisers and free events

Wed, Mar 27, 2024

Private 3-acre English-style garden open May 4 for tour, tea

Stories on Stage Davis hosts special event with literary, gardening flair

Tue, Mar 26, 2024

Learn how to start vegetables, flowers from seed

El Dorado County master gardeners offer free workshop

Mon, Mar 25, 2024

New Placer demonstration garden opening soon

Master gardeners to unveil water-wise showcase at Loomis Library

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Garden Checklist for week of April 14

It's still not warm enough to transplant tomatoes directly in the ground, but we’re getting there.

* April is the last chance to plant citrus trees such as dwarf orange, lemon and kumquat. These trees also look good in landscaping and provide fresh fruit in winter.

* Smell orange blossoms? Feed citrus trees with a low dose of balanced fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) during bloom to help set fruit. Keep an eye out for ants.

* Apply slow-release fertilizer to the lawn.

* Thoroughly clean debris from the bottom of outdoor ponds or fountains.

* Spring brings a flush of rapid growth, and that means your garden needs nutrients. Fertilize shrubs and trees with a slow-release fertilizer. Or mulch with a 1-inch layer of compost.

* Azaleas and camellias looking a little yellow? If leaves are turning yellow between the veins, give them a boost with chelated iron.

* Trim dead flowers but not leaves from spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. Those leaves gather energy to create next year's flowers. Also, give the bulbs a fertilizer boost after bloom.

* Pinch chrysanthemums back to 12 inches for fall flowers. Cut old stems to the ground.

* Mulch around plants to conserve moisture and control weeds.

* From seed, plant beans, beets, cantaloupes, carrots, corn, cucumbers, melons, radishes and squash.

* Plant onion sets.

* In the flower garden, plant seeds for asters, cosmos, celosia, marigolds, salvia, sunflowers and zinnias.

* Transplant petunias, zinnias, geraniums and other summer bloomers.

* Plant perennials and dahlia tubers for summer bloom.

* Mid to late April is about the last chance to plant summer bulbs, such as gladiolus and tuberous begonias.

* Transplant lettuce seedlings. Choose varieties that mature quickly such as loose leaf.

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