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Image caption: These were just a few of the camellia blossoms entered for judging at the 100th Sacramento Camellia Show.

Featured: 100th Sacramento Camellia Show attracts a crowd

People brave stormy weather to celebrate milestone and see lots of flowers

Sun, Mar 03, 2024

Whole-orange loaf cake brightens a grey morning

Recipe: Poppy seeds add texture to vegan snack cake

Sat, Mar 02, 2024

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of March 3

Cold storms remind us: It’s still winter (but we have camellias)

Fri, Mar 01, 2024

Cold, wet weather puts brakes on Sacramento's spring

High temperatures take a 20-degree dip from last weekend's warmth

Wed, Feb 28, 2024

Learn how to create an easy raised bed with straw bales

Placer County master gardeners offer free workshop on straw-bale gardening

Tue, Feb 27, 2024

Learn how to 'Take Great Rose Photos with Your Phone'

American Rose Society offers free webinar on flower photography

Mon, Feb 26, 2024

Sacramento celebrates favorite flower at 100th Camellia Show

Milestone event to be at new location: Scottish Rite Center

Sun, Feb 25, 2024

Versatile asparagus casserole perfect for any meatless meal

Recipe: Easy asparagus-mushroom bake with eggs and cheese.

Sat, Feb 24, 2024

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Feb. 25

Enjoy a glimpse of spring before more rain arrives

Fri, Feb 23, 2024

Rain and warmer weather bring … rust

How to tackle fungal outbreaks on roses without spraying

Thu, Feb 22, 2024

Fruit trees for a home garden? Think small

Placer County master gardeners present workshop Saturday

Wed, Feb 21, 2024

How does Sacramento rain total measure up?

February has been very wet; warmer (and dry) weather is on its way

Tue, Feb 20, 2024

SacTree needs volunteers for Rancho Cordova tree planting

Registration is open for more neighborhood tree plantings in March and April; families welcome.

Mon, Feb 19, 2024

'Women in Agriculture' share insights into sustainable farming

Sacramento Speakers Series supports scholarships for future farmers and more

Sun, Feb 18, 2024

Lemon pudding cakes are light as clouds

Recipe: Bake them in ramekins for easy serving now or later

Sat, Feb 17, 2024

Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Feb. 18

Rain will dampen gardening plans, keep soil wet

Fri, Feb 16, 2024

Murer House in Folsom hosts ninth annual Camellia Day

Feb. 24 event includes blossom show, tours and speaker Greg Gayton

Thu, Feb 15, 2024

Plant sales jam calendar for spring

Save these dates for great finds at great prices

Wed, Feb 14, 2024

Valentine's Day a perfect time to talk roses

Roses are more popular than ever, but what do they mean?

Tue, Feb 13, 2024

Tomato superstar Brad Gates to offer his top tips

Wild Boar Farms breeder will be at Green Acres in Auburn and Sacramento

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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.

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