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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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For week of Dec. 3:

Make the most of gaps between raindrops. This is a busy month!

* Windy conditions brought down a lot of leaves. Make sure to rake them away from storm drains.

* Use those leaves as mulch around frost-tender shrubs and new transplants.

* Rake and remove dead leaves and stems from dormant perennials.

* Just because it rained doesn't mean every plant got watered. Give a drink to plants that the rain didn't reach, such as under eves or under evergreen trees. Also, well-watered plants hold up better to frost than thirsty plants.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs while they're dormant.

* Clean and sharpen garden tools before storing for the winter.

* Brighten the holidays with winter bloomers such as poinsettias, amaryllis, calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies and primroses.

* Keep poinsettias in a sunny, warm location. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they'll bloom again next December.

* Plant one last round of spring bulbs including daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths, anemones and scillas. Get those tulips out of the refrigerator and into the ground.

* This is also a good time to seed wildflowers such as California poppies.

* Plant such spring bloomers as sweet pea, sweet alyssum and bachelor buttons.

* Late fall is the best time to plant most trees and shrubs. This gives them plenty of time for root development before spring growth. They also benefit from fall and winter rains.

* Lettuce, cabbage and broccoli also can be planted now.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Bare-root season begins. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb. Beware of soggy soil. It can rot bare-root plants.

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