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Soil Born hosts fall gardening clinic, sale

Order plants in advance or shop in person Aug. 28

Lettuce
Have visions of growing your own lettuce? Order transplants
online from Soil Born Farms and pick up Aug. 28.
(Photos: Kathy Morrison)


Sacramento’s growing season doesn’t end in summer. Get ready for cool-season vegetables and more at Soil Born Farms’ fall gardening clinic and organic plant sale at the end of the month.

Set for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 28, this free Saturday event features workshops, farm tours and garden walks. There’s also a chance to explore nature along Cordova Creek.

“Learn how to grow vibrant, tasty and healthy plants from our knowledgeable staff and community educators,” says Soil Born staff. “Get your free tickets at the Purple Class Check-in Tent on the day of the event. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Pollinator Garden Sign
Tour parts of Soil Born Farm on Aug. 28, including
the Pollinator Garden.

“Class topics will include: Preparing a Fall Garden, Gardening with Native Plants, Raising Backyard Chickens and Fall Fruit Tree Planting and Care. All classes will be outside in shady areas with room for social distancing. In addition to classes, there will be outdoor walks, talks and a farm tour: Pollinator Garden, Herb Walk and Talk and Explore Cordova Creek.”

The fall plant sale will feature mixed lettuces, broccoli, cauliflower, arugula, chard, pak choi, cabbage and more. Shop in person the day of the event or order online in advance and pick up on Aug. 28 via Soil Born’s drive-through marketplace.

In addition to the veggies, finds lots of herbs and fruit trees, too.

“Choose from a variety of herbs including chives, mint, lemon balm, rosemary and nettles,” say the organizers. “Attract beneficial pollinators to your yard with mixed fall flowers, passionflower, rose geranium and more. We will also have a large selection of fruit trees for sale (apple, apricot, cherry, fig, olive, nectarine, plum, peach, pluot and pear). All plants are organically grown with love, and selected for the Sacramento area.”

Soil Born’s popular snack bar will be open 8 a.m. to noon, with live entertainment provided by the Millington Strings string quartet.

Soil Born Farm’s American River Ranch is located at 2140 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova.

Find the complete class and tour schedule and plant ordering information online at
www.soilborn.org .

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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Jan. 29

Bundle up and get work done!

* Prune, prune, prune. Now is the time to cut back most deciduous trees and shrubs. The exceptions are spring-flowering shrubs such as lilacs.

* Now is the time to prune fruit trees, except apricot and cherry trees. Clean up leaves and debris around the trees to prevent the spread of disease.

* Prune roses, even if they’re still trying to bloom or sprouting new growth. Strip off any remaining leaves, so the bush will be able to put out new growth in early spring.

* Prune Christmas camellias (Camellia sasanqua), the early-flowering varieties, after their bloom. They don’t need much, but selective pruning can promote bushiness, upright growth and more bloom next winter. Feed with an acid-type fertilizer. But don’t feed your Japonica camellias until after they finish blooming next month. Feeding while camellias are in bloom may cause them to drop unopened buds.

* Clean up leaves and debris around your newly pruned roses and shrubs. Put down fresh mulch or bark to keep roots cozy.

* Apply horticultural oil to fruit trees to control scale, mites and aphids. Oils need 24 hours of dry weather after application to be effective.

* This is also the time to spray a copper-based oil to peach and nectarine trees to fight leaf curl. Avoid spraying on windy days.

* Divide daylilies, Shasta daisies and other perennials.

* Cut back and divide chrysanthemums.

* Plant bare-root roses, trees and shrubs.

* Transplant pansies, violas, calendulas, English daisies, snapdragons and fairy primroses.

* In the vegetable garden, plant fava beans, head lettuce, mustard, onion sets, radicchio and radishes.

* Plant bare-root asparagus and root divisions of rhubarb.

* In the bulb department, plant callas, anemones, ranunculus and gladiolus for bloom from late spring into summer.

* Plant blooming azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons. If you’re shopping for these beautiful landscape plants, you can now find them in full flower at local nurseries.

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