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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Make the most of gaps between raindrops. This is a busy month!
* Windy conditions brought down a lot of leaves. Make sure to rake them away from storm drains.
* Use those leaves as mulch around frost-tender shrubs and new transplants.
* Rake and remove dead leaves and stems from dormant perennials.
* Just because it rained doesn't mean every plant got watered. Give a drink to plants that the rain didn't reach, such as under eves or under evergreen trees. Also, well-watered plants hold up better to frost than thirsty plants.
* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs while they're dormant.
* Clean and sharpen garden tools before storing for the winter.
* Brighten the holidays with winter bloomers such as poinsettias, amaryllis, calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies and primroses.
* Keep poinsettias in a sunny, warm location. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they'll bloom again next December.
* Plant one last round of spring bulbs including daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths, anemones and scillas. Get those tulips out of the refrigerator and into the ground.
* This is also a good time to seed wildflowers such as California poppies.
* Plant such spring bloomers as sweet pea, sweet alyssum and bachelor buttons.
* Late fall is the best time to plant most trees and shrubs. This gives them plenty of time for root development before spring growth. They also benefit from fall and winter rains.
* Lettuce, cabbage and broccoli also can be planted now.
* Plant garlic and onions.
* Bare-root season begins. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb. Beware of soggy soil. It can rot bare-root plants.
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