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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 Feb. 5

Make the most of sunny days and get winter tasks done:

* This is the last chance to spray fruit trees before they bloom. Treat peach and nectarine trees with copper-based fungicide. Spray apricot trees at bud swell to prevent brown rot. Apply horticultural oil to control scale, mites and aphids on fruit trees soon after a rain. But remember: Oils need at least 24 hours to dry to be effective. Don’t spray during foggy weather or when rain is forecast.

* Feed spring-blooming shrubs and fall-planted perennials with slow-release fertilizer. Feed mature trees and shrubs after spring growth starts.

* Finish pruning roses and deciduous trees.

* Remove aphids from blooming bulbs with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap.

* Fertilize strawberries and asparagus.

* Transplant or direct-seed several flowers, including snapdragon, candytuft, lilies, astilbe, larkspur, Shasta and painted daisies, stocks, bleeding heart and coral bells.

* In the vegetable garden, plant Jerusalem artichoke tubers, and strawberry and rhubarb roots.

* Transplant cabbage and its close cousins – broccoli, kale and Brussels sprouts – as well as lettuce (both loose leaf and head).

* Plant artichokes, asparagus and horseradish from root divisions.

* Plant potatoes from tubers and onions from sets (small bulbs). The onions will sprout quickly and can be used as green onions in March.

* From seed, plant beets, chard, lettuce, mustard, peas, radishes and turnips.

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