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Soil Born Farms offers Halloween activities Saturday

Family event includes treats for costumed kids, music, more

Soil Born farms youth garden
Tiny princesses, superheroes and ghosts (not to mention other costumed kids) will be welcome to explore Soil Born Farms' Youth Garden this Saturday. (2019 photo by Kathy Morrison)

With no rain in the forecast until at least Monday, this weekend offers a great chance to get outdoors and enjoy harvest and Halloween-related activities.

Among these is Halloween at the Farm, specifically Soil Born Farms from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30.

Visitors to Soil Born Farms' American River Ranch in Rancho Cordova can explore the grounds while listening to music by the Millington Strings Quartet.

The Youth Garden will be a fun place for children to learn and play, and those in costume can trick or treat at the Concierge tent. Soil Born notes that walk-in registration is on a first-come, first-served basis at the Youth Garden gate, with a $5 suggested donation per family to help cover the costs of materials. Any proceeds will benefit the Youth Education program.

Soil Born Farms also is a great resource for gardeners. Anyone who has or wants to plant fruit trees might want to get in on the Fruit Tree Care Talks, scheduled at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturday, as well as 9 and 11 a.m. on Nov. 20. Cost is $5, and registration is available on the website here .

The America River Ranch is at 2140 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova. The Soil Born Farms home page is https://soilborn.org/

-- Kathy Morrison

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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Oct. 2

Plan to make the most of the mild weather in your garden.

* October is the best month to plant trees and shrubs.

* October also is the best time to plant perennials in our area. Add a little well-aged compost and bone meal to planting holes or beds, but hold off on other fertilizers until spring. Keep the transplants well-watered (but not wet) for the first month as they become settled.

* Now is the time to plant seeds for many flowers directly into the garden, including cornflower, nasturtium, nigella, poppy, portulaca, sweet pea and stock.

* Plant seeds for radishes, bok choy, mustard, spinach and peas.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Set out cool-weather bedding plants, including calendula, pansy, snapdragon, primrose and viola.

* Reseed and feed the lawn. Work on bare spots.

* Dig up corms and tubers of gladioluses, dahlias and tuberous begonias after the foliage dies. Clean and store in a cool, dry place.

* Treat azaleas, gardenias and camellias with chelated iron if leaves are yellowing between the veins.

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