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Sales manager Seth Taylor shows an angel's trumpet plant that was damaged by frost last night at Capital Nursery Co. The stems are still firm though, which means the plant is alive. Once new growth occurs they will trim back the damaged leaves and the plant will recover. February 26, 2011

Best of Sacramento Connect blogs: Farmer Fred Rant

Published: Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 - 9:00 pm

The Sacramento Bee hosts a network of high-quality news providers and bloggers in the Sacramento region. Here is a sampling of the best of the current Home & Garden blogs. Check out the full postings:

•  Sacramento radio host Farmer Fred Hoffman, author of the Farmer Fred Rant, offers advice for any gardener burnt by December’s killer frosts:

“If plants in your garden look blackened and wilted now, new growth may emanate from the base of the plant when the weather warms up in a couple of months. Pruning away the dead portions now exposes buds that may still be alive; another frosty morning could wipe out those survivors.

“The average frost season for Sacramento is about two months, primarily December and January. But temperatures below 32 have been recorded as early as the first week in November; as late as the third week in March. So, keep the shears in the garage and let the dead portions of the plants protect the understory.”

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