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Elk Grove garden hosts workshop, huge plant sale

Learn about fall gardening, take home seedlings

Head of broccoli
Marathon broccoli is one of four varieties of broccoli
available for purchase in the Elk Grove Community
Garden plant sale. (Photo courtesy Elk Grove
Community Garden and Deeply Rooted Kitchen)

“Fall Gardening” will be in the spotlight Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Elk Grove Community Garden as it hosts a hands-on gardening workshop and plant sale.

Focusing on cool-season crops, the free in-person class will cover the basics of growing lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, peas and other fall and winter favorites.

This is a chance to not only learn about planting and tips for success, but pick up some seedlings, too. Garden members will have cabbage family transplants, lettuces, peas and much more at its plant sale.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, but why wait to get started on shopping? Patrons can pre-order seedlings now through Wednesday. Prices: $2 for small pots, $3 for medium pots, $4 for four-packs, and $5 for large pots and six-packs. Check out the selection here: .

Send your pre-order via text to: 916-818-9108. Arrange for curbside pick-up, too.

On Saturday’s sale day, cash, check or Venmo will be accepted.

All Elk Grove garden classes and events are free, but participants are invited to bring a canned or packaged food item to donate to the Elk Grove Food Bank.

Elk Grove Community Garden is at 10025 Hampton Oak Drive, Elk Grove.

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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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