Pair of two-day events will feature vegetables, herbs, houseplants and lots of flowers
Sticky monkey flower is a popular perennial plant in the Sacramento region. Find
great perennials along with herbs, houseplants and vegetables at the Sacramento Perennial Plant Club's pair of two-day pop-up sales. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)
Got room for more plants? Circle these dates on your April calendar.
When it comes to propagation, some local gardeners have amazing green thumbs – especially in the Sacramento Perennial Plant Club.
Members of that club grew so many seedlings and propagated so many baby plants that the club will host two pop-up sales in April.
“Daisy (Mah) and other club members who enjoy propagating will have an array of vegetables, herbs, houseplants and perennials, of course,” says SPPC’s Linda Hax.
Many of these plants will be unusual varieties that have become members’ favorites. In addition for a small fee, patrons can get tools sharpened and holes drilled in pots or other containers.
The first sale will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2, at 877 53rd St., Sacramento.
The second sale will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 15 and 16 at 4578 Parkridge Road, Sacramento.
Admission is free. Bring your own box or nursery tray, if possible, to help carry home your purchases.
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For week of June 4:
Because of the comfortable weather, it’s not too late to set out tomato and pepper seedlings as well as squash and melon plants. They’ll appreciate this not-too-hot weather. Just remember to water.
* From seed, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, melons, squash and sunflowers.
* Plant basil to go with your tomatoes.
* Transplant summer annuals such as petunias, marigolds and zinnias.
* It’s also a good time to transplant perennial flowers including astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia, salvia and verbena.
* Let the grass grow longer. Set the mower blades high to reduce stress on your lawn during summer heat. To cut down on evaporation, water your lawn deeply during the wee hours of the morning, between 2 and 8 a.m.
* Tie up vines and stake tall plants such as gladiolus and lilies. That gives their heavy flowers some support.
* Dig and divide crowded bulbs after the tops have died down.
* Feed summer flowers with a slow-release fertilizer.
* Mulch, mulch, mulch! This “blanket” keeps moisture in the soil longer and helps your plants cope during hot weather.
* Thin grapes on the vine for bigger, better clusters later this summer.
* Cut back fruit-bearing canes on berries.
* Feed camellias, azaleas and other acid-loving plants.
* Trim off dead flowers from rose bushes to keep them blooming through the summer. Roses also benefit from deep watering and feeding now. A top dressing of aged compost will keep them happy. It feeds as well as keeps roots moist.
* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushier plants with many more flowers in September.
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