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Plant sales this weekend, from Woodland to Rancho Cordova

Weekend events kick off a busy month

Pollinator garden sign
In addition to a plant sale, Soil Born Farms on Saturday will offer tours of the site, including the native pollinator garden. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)

No gardener in the Sacramento region is going to be far from a fundraising plant sale this weekend. So write your  shopping list and check out these sales:

-- Spring Plant Sale, Yolo County Master Gardeners, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2. Woodland Community College, 2300 E. Gibson Road, Woodland. Plants will include heirloom tomatoes and perennials grown by the master gardeners, plus hybrid tomatoes, other vegetables, herbs and annuals grown by the WCC horticulture staff. Cash or check only. Masks are required at the college. The plant inventory is here . Details: Sale will be repeated April 9.

-- Woodland High Plant Sale, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 2, in the high school parking lot off Beamer Street. Cash or checks only.

-- Spring Organic Plant Sale & Free Gardening Clinic, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 2. Soil Born Farms. Rancho Cordova. The sale will include vegetable starts, edible perennials, medicinal and culinary herbs,  and flowers. The plant list is available here . Soil Born Farms also will offer a free gardening clinic with classes and tours throughout the morning. Details are here: . 2140 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova.

-- Nature Day at The  HIVE, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 2.  Miridae Mobile Nursery, "the taco truck of nurseries," will be at the Woodland honey and bee center, 1221 Harter Ave., Woodland. Tours, a nature photography exhibit and a natural dye workshop are some of the other activities. Details: Miridae specializes in native plants; the plant list is here .

Other sales we've already posted about this week:

-- Pop-Up Sale, Sacramento Perennial Plant Club.  The first of two sales will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2, at 877 53rd St., Sacramento. See the post.

-- Capital City African Violet Society Sale. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April  2, Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley blvd., Sacramento. Read the post .

-- Kathy Morrison


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It's still not warm enough to transplant tomatoes directly in the ground, but we’re getting there.

* April is the last chance to plant citrus trees such as dwarf orange, lemon and kumquat. These trees also look good in landscaping and provide fresh fruit in winter.

* Smell orange blossoms? Feed citrus trees with a low dose of balanced fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) during bloom to help set fruit. Keep an eye out for ants.

* Apply slow-release fertilizer to the lawn.

* Thoroughly clean debris from the bottom of outdoor ponds or fountains.

* Spring brings a flush of rapid growth, and that means your garden needs nutrients. Fertilize shrubs and trees with a slow-release fertilizer. Or mulch with a 1-inch layer of compost.

* Azaleas and camellias looking a little yellow? If leaves are turning yellow between the veins, give them a boost with chelated iron.

* Trim dead flowers but not leaves from spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. Those leaves gather energy to create next year's flowers. Also, give the bulbs a fertilizer boost after bloom.

* Pinch chrysanthemums back to 12 inches for fall flowers. Cut old stems to the ground.

* Mulch around plants to conserve moisture and control weeds.

* From seed, plant beans, beets, cantaloupes, carrots, corn, cucumbers, melons, radishes and squash.

* Plant onion sets.

* In the flower garden, plant seeds for asters, cosmos, celosia, marigolds, salvia, sunflowers and zinnias.

* Transplant petunias, zinnias, geraniums and other summer bloomers.

* Plant perennials and dahlia tubers for summer bloom.

* Mid to late April is about the last chance to plant summer bulbs, such as gladiolus and tuberous begonias.

* Transplant lettuce seedlings. Choose varieties that mature quickly such as loose leaf.

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