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Green Acres hosts virtual Fall Festival

Get in the mood for pumpkins, planting and fun

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PUBLISHED SEP 21, 2021 1:07 P.M.
woman holding pumpkin with succulents
Learn how to turn a pumpkin into a succulent planter
during Green Acres’ virtual Fall Festival.
(Photo courtesy Green Acres Nursery & Supply)

Fall officially begins Wednesday, but the party has already started. Fortunately, it lasts through Sunday.

This week, Green Acres Nursery & Supply celebrates the season with its annual Fall Festival.

Due to COVID precautions, the festival will be virtual again this year with most events on Instagram or Facebook Live.

Some things have to be in-person, specifically pumpkins. Green Acres’ pumpkin patches officially opened Monday. But the rest can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home.

Follow @idiggreenacres on Facebook or Instagram for access to Green Acres’ fall programs each day. Followers also get a chance to win gift cards.

Here are the daily topics:

Tuesday – Fall Veggies. Get tips for success on how to grow cool-season vegetables including some new varieties to try.

Wednesday – Fabulous Fall Combos. On the first day of fall, Green Acres experts suggest which plants offer the best fall color for your landscape.

Thursday – Fall Indoors with Houseplants. Indoor gardens have seasons, too. Which houseplants are best for cooler months ahead?

Friday – Fall is for Planting. Green Acres garden guru Greg Gayton hosts two live events from Green Acres’ Eisley Nursery in Auburn. Tune into Facebook Live at 11 a.m. and Instagram at 11:30. He’ll answer questions as well as discuss why fall is the perfect time to plant trees, shrubs, perennials, lawns and more.

Saturday – Fun Fall Activities. Get into the pumpkin spirit with activities for the whole family including pumpkin painting and pumpkin planters.

Sunday – Fall Favorites. Green Acres’ staff will share their top choices for autumn color (think mums) as well as ask patrons for their picks.

For more details: https://idiggreenacres.com/pages/fall-fest

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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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