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Green Acres hosts virtual Fall Festival

Get in the mood for pumpkins, planting and fun

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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.

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For week of June 4:

Because of the comfortable weather, it’s not too late to set out tomato and pepper seedlings as well as squash and melon plants. They’ll appreciate this not-too-hot weather. Just remember to water.

* From seed, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, melons, squash and sunflowers.

* Plant basil to go with your tomatoes.

* Transplant summer annuals such as petunias, marigolds and zinnias.

* It’s also a good time to transplant perennial flowers including astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia, salvia and verbena.

* Let the grass grow longer. Set the mower blades high to reduce stress on your lawn during summer heat. To cut down on evaporation, water your lawn deeply during the wee hours of the morning, between 2 and 8 a.m.

* Tie up vines and stake tall plants such as gladiolus and lilies. That gives their heavy flowers some support.

* Dig and divide crowded bulbs after the tops have died down.

* Feed summer flowers with a slow-release fertilizer.

* Mulch, mulch, mulch! This “blanket” keeps moisture in the soil longer and helps your plants cope during hot weather.

* Thin grapes on the vine for bigger, better clusters later this summer.

* Cut back fruit-bearing canes on berries.

* Feed camellias, azaleas and other acid-loving plants.

* Trim off dead flowers from rose bushes to keep them blooming through the summer. Roses also benefit from deep watering and feeding now. A top dressing of aged compost will keep them happy. It feeds as well as keeps roots moist.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushier plants with many more flowers in September.

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