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Paint a cactus at Exotic Plants

Cactus-themed Paint Night set for Saturday

This little succulent could make a fine still-life
subject. (Photo courtesy Exotic Plants)

Have you ever tried to paint a cactus? Here’s your chance – not to paint the plant itself, but capture its form, color and beauty on canvas.

Exotic Plants is hosting a cactus-themed Paint Night at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26.

With their angular growth, cacti and succulents naturally look sculptural. With their geometric forms, they also make great subjects for still-life painting.

Learn how to capture a cactus or succulent on canvas during this fun event. Tickets include canvas and paint plus snacks and drinks. Tickets are $35 for one person, $55 for two. Seating is limited.

To register, call Exotic Plants at 916-922-4769.

Exotic Plants also is hosting a month-long succulents sale. Buy two succulent plants, get one free, through the end of February.

Exotic Plants is located at 1525 Fulton Ave., Sacramento. For more details, email or visit .

Calendar note: Placer's 'Totally Tomatoes' Zoom class canceled

The Placer County master gardeners notified us that the "Totally Tomatoes" live Zoom session they had scheduled for this Saturday, Feb. 26, has been canceled. (Our post on the class appeared last week.)

However, the "Totally Tomatoes" session held in 2021 was recorded and can be viewed on the Placer master gardeners' YouTube channel with this link:

-- Kathy Morrison


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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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