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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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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Feb. 5

Make the most of sunny days and get winter tasks done:

* This is the last chance to spray fruit trees before they bloom. Treat peach and nectarine trees with copper-based fungicide. Spray apricot trees at bud swell to prevent brown rot. Apply horticultural oil to control scale, mites and aphids on fruit trees soon after a rain. But remember: Oils need at least 24 hours to dry to be effective. Don’t spray during foggy weather or when rain is forecast.

* Feed spring-blooming shrubs and fall-planted perennials with slow-release fertilizer. Feed mature trees and shrubs after spring growth starts.

* Finish pruning roses and deciduous trees.

* Remove aphids from blooming bulbs with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap.

* Fertilize strawberries and asparagus.

* Transplant or direct-seed several flowers, including snapdragon, candytuft, lilies, astilbe, larkspur, Shasta and painted daisies, stocks, bleeding heart and coral bells.

* In the vegetable garden, plant Jerusalem artichoke tubers, and strawberry and rhubarb roots.

* Transplant cabbage and its close cousins – broccoli, kale and Brussels sprouts – as well as lettuce (both loose leaf and head).

* Plant artichokes, asparagus and horseradish from root divisions.

* Plant potatoes from tubers and onions from sets (small bulbs). The onions will sprout quickly and can be used as green onions in March.

* From seed, plant beets, chard, lettuce, mustard, peas, radishes and turnips.

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