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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 Sept. 25

This week's warm break will revive summer crops such as peppers and tomatoes that may still be trying to produce fruit. Pumpkins and winter squash will add weight rapidly.

Be on the lookout for powdery mildew and other fungal diseases that may be enjoying this combination of warm air and moist soil.

* Late September is ideal for sowing a new lawn or re-seeding bare spots.

* Compost annuals and vegetable crops that have finished producing.

* Cultivate and add compost to the soil to replenish its nutrients for fall and winter vegetables and flowers.

* Plant for fall now. The warm soil will get cool-season veggies and flowers off to a fast start.

* Plant onions, lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, bok choy, spinach and potatoes directly into the vegetable beds.

* Transplant lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower.

* Sow seeds of California poppies, clarkia and African daisies.

* Transplant cool-weather annuals such as pansies, violas, fairy primroses, calendulas, stocks and snapdragons.

* Divide and replant bulbs, rhizomes and perennials.

* Dig up and divide daylilies as they complete their bloom cycle.

* Divide and transplant peonies that have become overcrowded. Replant with "eyes" about an inch below the soil surface.

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