Pumpkin patch, corn maze, picnicking and more this weekend
Found the perfect pumpkin yet? Amador Flower Farm
has its pumpkin patch open through Sunday, as
well as a corn maze. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)
It’s pumpkin time in Amador wine country!
Amador Flower Farm near Plymouth is celebrating this Halloween weekend. That means the farm’s main attraction is not its usual assortment of daylilies, but its massive pumpkin patch and kid-friendly corn maze.
“Our pumpkin patch and corn maze are open daily in October from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with no admission fee,” says the Deaver family. “A large variety of pumpkins for sale. … Bring the kids and a camera!”
Besides hundreds of pumpkins in all sorts of varieties (and multiple colors), the farm offers free tram rides (weather permitting) around its sprawling oak-studded property.
About an hour from downtown Sacramento, the 14-acre farm is home to thousands of daylilies in more than 1,100 varieties. In addition to the pumpkin patch, the nursery is open.
Tables are available for picnicking under the valley oaks. Bring a lunch and relax. Admission and parking are free.
Amador Flower Farm is located at 22001 Shenandoah School Road, Plymouth. Phone: 209-245-6660.
Details and directions: www.amadorflowerfarm.com .
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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Jan. 29
Bundle up and get work done!
* Prune, prune, prune. Now is the time to cut back most deciduous trees and shrubs. The exceptions are spring-flowering shrubs such as lilacs.
* Now is the time to prune fruit trees, except apricot and cherry trees. Clean up leaves and debris around the trees to prevent the spread of disease.
* Prune roses, even if they’re still trying to bloom or sprouting new growth. Strip off any remaining leaves, so the bush will be able to put out new growth in early spring.
* Prune Christmas camellias (Camellia sasanqua), the early-flowering varieties, after their bloom. They don’t need much, but selective pruning can promote bushiness, upright growth and more bloom next winter. Feed with an acid-type fertilizer. But don’t feed your Japonica camellias until after they finish blooming next month. Feeding while camellias are in bloom may cause them to drop unopened buds.
* Clean up leaves and debris around your newly pruned roses and shrubs. Put down fresh mulch or bark to keep roots cozy.
* Apply horticultural oil to fruit trees to control scale, mites and aphids. Oils need 24 hours of dry weather after application to be effective.
* This is also the time to spray a copper-based oil to peach and nectarine trees to fight leaf curl. Avoid spraying on windy days.
* Divide daylilies, Shasta daisies and other perennials.
* Cut back and divide chrysanthemums.
* Plant bare-root roses, trees and shrubs.
* Transplant pansies, violas, calendulas, English daisies, snapdragons and fairy primroses.
* In the vegetable garden, plant fava beans, head lettuce, mustard, onion sets, radicchio and radishes.
* Plant bare-root asparagus and root divisions of rhubarb.
* In the bulb department, plant callas, anemones, ranunculus and gladiolus for bloom from late spring into summer.
* Plant blooming azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons. If you’re shopping for these beautiful landscape plants, you can now find them in full flower at local nurseries.
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