People brave stormy weather to celebrate milestone and see lots of flowers
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Cold storms remind us: It’s still winter (but we have camellias)
High temperatures take a 20-degree dip from last weekend's warmth
Yolo County master gardeners offer morning Zoom class
Placer County master gardeners offer free workshop on straw-bale gardening
American Rose Society offers free webinar on flower photography
Milestone event to be at new location: Scottish Rite Center
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Enjoy a glimpse of spring before more rain arrives
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Placer County master gardeners present workshop Saturday
February has been very wet; warmer (and dry) weather is on its way
Registration is open for more neighborhood tree plantings in March and April; families welcome.
Sacramento Speakers Series supports scholarships for future farmers and more
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Rain will dampen gardening plans, keep soil wet
Feb. 24 event includes blossom show, tours and speaker Greg Gayton
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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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