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Need plants? Organic Gardening Club hosts big sale in Carmichael

Find wide selection of natives, perennials, annuals, succulents and vegetables

These beautiful native plants and much more will be on sale at the Organic
Gardening Club's plant sale Saturday in Carmichael. (Photo courtesy Organic
Gardening Club of Sacramento County)

The best way to assure gardening success? Start with good plants.

Find hundreds of possibilities Saturday, May 7, during the Organic Gardening Club of Sacramento County’s annual spring plant sale.

To be held at the Carmichael Park Clubhouse, this big sale will feature a wide selection of native plants, succulents, flowering perennials and annuals plus great summer vegetables (particularly peppers and tomatoes). In addition, garden tools, garden art and other finds will be offered.

The native plants were propagated mostly from the club’s Butterfly Garden, says club President Linda Sanford, and will help bring more wildlife into your landscape.

All these young plants were grown organically and locally – two factors that will help their adaptation to your garden. Club members also will be available to offer organic gardening advice. Such sustainable methods support bees and other beneficial insects while building soil health and contributing to a beautiful and bountiful garden.

Sale hours will be 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday; come early for best selection. Cash or checks only; admission and parking are free.

Proceeds go towards garden education for Carmichael-area residents as well as support scholarships for local students.

Carmichael Park Clubhouse is located at 5750 Grant Ave., Carmichael.

Details and more club information: https://www.facebook.com/OrganicGardeningClubofSacCounty

P.S. from Kathy: If you're already in Carmichael for the Organic Gardening Club sale this Saturday, swing by the Carmichael Community Parking Lot Sale at La Sierra Community Center,  just a few blocks away at 5325 Engle Road, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Carmichael Community Garden will have a booth with homegrown plants, including summer vegetables, Japanese maples, perennial flowers and succulents. All proceeds benefit the Community Garden, which I've been a member of since 2005. Several dozen other vendors, too!

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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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