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Perennial club hosts two pop-up sales with a lot more than perennials

Pair of two-day events will feature vegetables, herbs, houseplants and lots of flowers

Yellow monkey flower
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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Garden Checklist for week of May 19

Temperatures will be a bit higher than normal in the afternoons this week. Take care of chores early in the day – then enjoy the afternoon. It’s time to smell the roses.

* Plant, plant, plant! It’s prime planting season in the Sacramento area. If you haven’t already, it’s time to set out those tomato transplants along with peppers and eggplants. Pinch off any flowers on new transplants to make them concentrate on establishing roots instead of setting premature fruit.

* Direct-seed melons, cucumbers, summer squash, corn, radishes, pumpkins and annual herbs such as basil.

* Harvest cabbage, lettuce, peas and green onions.

* In the flower garden, direct-seed sunflowers, cosmos, salvia, zinnias, marigolds, celosia and asters.

* Plant dahlia tubers. Other perennials to set out include verbena, coreopsis, coneflower and astilbe.

* Transplant petunias, marigolds and perennial flowers such as astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia and verbena.

* Keep an eye out for slugs, snails, earwigs and aphids that want to dine on tender new growth.

* Feed summer bloomers with a balanced fertilizer.

* For continued bloom, cut off spent flowers on roses as well as other flowering plants.

* Don’t forget to water. Seedlings need moisture. Deep watering will help build strong roots and healthy plants.

* Add mulch to the garden to help keep that precious water from evaporating. Mulch also cuts down on weeds. But don’t let it mound around the stems or trunks of trees or shrubs. Leave about a 6-inch to 1-foot circle to avoid crown rot or other problems.

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