Family event includes treats for costumed kids, music, more
|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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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.
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* Plant garlic and onions.
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* Treat azaleas, gardenias and camellias with chelated iron if leaves are yellowing between the veins.
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