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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:

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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Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

* Harvest tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplant. Prompt picking will help keep plants producing.

* Remove spent flowers from roses, daylilies and other bloomers as they finish flowering.

* Pinch off blooms from basil so the plant will grow more leaves.

* Cut back lavender after flowering to promote a second bloom.

* One good thing about hot days: Most lawns stop growing when temperatures top 95 degrees. Keep mower blades set on high.

* Once the weather cools down a little, it’s not too late to add a splash of color. Plant petunias, snapdragons, zinnias and marigolds.

* After the heat wave, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, winter squash and sunflowers. Make sure the seeds stay hydrated.

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