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Image caption: This Night Owl climbing rose appreciates its blanket of compost and mulch.

Featured: Feed me! How to fertilize roses for more blooms

Put your roses on a regular diet with monthly feeding (plus snacks)

Thu, Mar 30, 2023

Waiting and waiting for tomato-planting time

Take care of the plants (and soil) until the weather cooperates

Wed, Mar 29, 2023

Find heirloom tomatoes, perennials at Yolo plant sales

Master gardeners host Saturday sales in Woodland  – plus an online garden chat

Tue, Mar 28, 2023

Find hundreds of unusual African violets at sale

Capital City group hosts annual event including display of prized plants

Mon, Mar 27, 2023

Wanted: Beautiful, sustainable gardens with eye on future

Pacific Horticulture's 'Design Futurist Award' to honor gardens and designers that make a difference

Sun, Mar 26, 2023

A sunny orange pie to match the weather

Recipe: This light dessert requires minimal stove time

Sat, Mar 25, 2023

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of March 26

Sacramento gardening forecast for March 26: Frost, rain and sun

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

Sun, Mar 19, 2023

Asparagus tart for spring

Greatest hits recipe: Ricotta cheese, phyllo part of a perfect brunch dish

Sat, Mar 18, 2023

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of March 19

Expect a soggy end to winter and start of spring

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

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Dig In: Garden Checklist

For week of March 26:

Sacramento can expect another inch of rain from this latest storm. Leave the sprinklers off at least another week. Temps will dip down into the low 30s early in the week, so avoid planting tender seedlings (such as tomatoes). Concentrate on these tasks before or after this week’s rain:

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

* Knock off aphids with a strong blast of water or some bug soap as soon as they appear.

* 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 help corral blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees, which are now in bloom and setting fruit.

To prevent sunburn and borer problems on young trees, paint the exposed portion of the trunk with diluted white latex (water-based) interior paint. Dilute the paint with an equal amount of cold water before application.

* 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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