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Spring native plant sale is all online

Find scores of varieties that love growing in Sacramento

Orange poppy blossom
The California poppy may be the most recognizable
California native plant, but there are many others that
grow well in the Sacramento region. (Photo: Kathy
Morrison)

Our California poppies are a reminder: March is for planting – especially California natives.

While our state flower is in bloom, other natives are just beginning to sprout new growth. Flowering shrubs and small trees such as western redbud look their best this month, too, inspiring gardeners to add them to their landscape.

Making the most of this planting window is the annual spring sale of the Sacramento Valley chapter of the California Native Plant Society. And with a pandemic-inspired twist, this spring sale is all online.

Patrons may order plants Wednesday through Sunday, March 9-13. The sale officially opens at noon Wednesday and closes at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Then, make a reservation (between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.) for drive-through pick up on one of two Sundays, March 20 or March 27. The plants will be available at the chapter’s Elderberry Farms Nursery at Soil Born Farms’ American River Ranch at 2140 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova.

Scores of varieties of water-wise California natives will be available from Achillea millefolium (yarrow) to Vitis californica (California wild grape). Shop early for best selection.

Planting California natives is a great way to support native wildlife such as bees, butterflies and birds. About 80 varieties of plants offered in this sale are considered butterfly magnets. Almost 50 attract birds while 25 specifically are hummingbird favorites.

Browse for yourself. Find details and a link to the updated sale online catalog here: https://sacvalleycnps.org//plant-sales/ .

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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Sept. 25

This week's warm break will revive summer crops such as peppers and tomatoes that may still be trying to produce fruit. Pumpkins and winter squash will add weight rapidly.

Be on the lookout for powdery mildew and other fungal diseases that may be enjoying this combination of warm air and moist soil.

* Late September is ideal for sowing a new lawn or re-seeding bare spots.

* Compost annuals and vegetable crops that have finished producing.

* Cultivate and add compost to the soil to replenish its nutrients for fall and winter vegetables and flowers.

* Plant for fall now. The warm soil will get cool-season veggies and flowers off to a fast start.

* Plant onions, lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, bok choy, spinach and potatoes directly into the vegetable beds.

* Transplant lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower.

* Sow seeds of California poppies, clarkia and African daisies.

* Transplant cool-weather annuals such as pansies, violas, fairy primroses, calendulas, stocks and snapdragons.

* Divide and replant bulbs, rhizomes and perennials.

* Dig up and divide daylilies as they complete their bloom cycle.

* Divide and transplant peonies that have become overcrowded. Replant with "eyes" about an inch below the soil surface.

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