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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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Garden Checklist for week of April 21

This week there’s plenty to keep gardeners busy. With no rain in the immediate forecast, remember to irrigate any new transplants.

* Weed, weed, weed! Get them before they flower and go to seed.

* April is the last chance to plant citrus trees such as dwarf orange, lemon and kumquat. These trees also look good in landscaping and provide fresh fruit in winter.

* Smell orange blossoms? Feed citrus trees with a low dose of balanced fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) during bloom to help set fruit. Keep an eye out for ants.

* Apply slow-release fertilizer to the lawn.

* Thoroughly clean debris from the bottom of outdoor ponds or fountains.

* Spring brings a flush of rapid growth, and that means your garden is really hungry. Feed shrubs and trees with a slow-release fertilizer. Or mulch with a 1-inch layer of compost.

* Azaleas and camellias looking a little yellow? If leaves are turning yellow between the veins, give them a boost with chelated iron.

* Trim dead flowers but not leaves from spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. Those leaves gather energy to create next year's flowers. Also, give the bulbs a fertilizer boost after bloom.

* Pinch chrysanthemums back to 12 inches for fall flowers. Cut old stems to the ground.

* Mulch around plants to conserve moisture and control weeds.

* From seed, plant beans, beets, cantaloupes, carrots, corn, cucumbers, melons, radishes and squash.

* Plant onion sets.

* In the flower garden, plant seeds for asters, cosmos, celosia, marigolds, salvia, sunflowers and zinnias.

* Transplant petunias, zinnias, geraniums and other summer bloomers.

* Plant perennials and dahlia tubers for summer bloom.

* Mid to late April is about the last chance to plant summer bulbs, such as gladiolus and tuberous begonias.

* Transplant lettuce seedlings. Choose varieties that mature quickly such as loose leaf.

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