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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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.
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* 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.
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* 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.
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