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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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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Jan. 29

Bundle up and get work done!

* Prune, prune, prune. Now is the time to cut back most deciduous trees and shrubs. The exceptions are spring-flowering shrubs such as lilacs.

* Now is the time to prune fruit trees, except apricot and cherry trees. Clean up leaves and debris around the trees to prevent the spread of disease.

* Prune roses, even if they’re still trying to bloom or sprouting new growth. Strip off any remaining leaves, so the bush will be able to put out new growth in early spring.

* Prune Christmas camellias (Camellia sasanqua), the early-flowering varieties, after their bloom. They don’t need much, but selective pruning can promote bushiness, upright growth and more bloom next winter. Feed with an acid-type fertilizer. But don’t feed your Japonica camellias until after they finish blooming next month. Feeding while camellias are in bloom may cause them to drop unopened buds.

* Clean up leaves and debris around your newly pruned roses and shrubs. Put down fresh mulch or bark to keep roots cozy.

* Apply horticultural oil to fruit trees to control scale, mites and aphids. Oils need 24 hours of dry weather after application to be effective.

* This is also the time to spray a copper-based oil to peach and nectarine trees to fight leaf curl. Avoid spraying on windy days.

* Divide daylilies, Shasta daisies and other perennials.

* Cut back and divide chrysanthemums.

* Plant bare-root roses, trees and shrubs.

* Transplant pansies, violas, calendulas, English daisies, snapdragons and fairy primroses.

* In the vegetable garden, plant fava beans, head lettuce, mustard, onion sets, radicchio and radishes.

* Plant bare-root asparagus and root divisions of rhubarb.

* In the bulb department, plant callas, anemones, ranunculus and gladiolus for bloom from late spring into summer.

* Plant blooming azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons. If you’re shopping for these beautiful landscape plants, you can now find them in full flower at local nurseries.

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