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Organic vegetable plants, herbs and more at this sale

Vegetable and herb plants
Got enough veggies and herbs? (Are you sure?) The Organic Gardening Club of Sacramento County will have a great selection for sale in a beautiful outdoor setting this Saturday in Carmichael. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)

Club hosts huge event outdoors in Carmichael

Organic gardeners (or wannabes): Here’s your chance to get some great plants along with wonderful advice – in an inspirational outdoor setting.

The Organic Gardening Club of Sacramento County will host its annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at the Earl Koobs Nature Area in Carmichael.

“This year, due to COVID, we are having the sale outdoors,” says club President Linda Sanford.

Patrons are encouraged to still wear face masks and to stay socially distanced.

The Koobs Nature Area is adjacent to La Sierra Community Center, 5325 Engle Road, Carmichael. It’s also right across from the Montessori Project butterfly garden. Come for the plants and check out the garden and nature area, too.

Created and tended by members of the Organic Gardening Club, the butterfly garden – which is full of native plants as well as beneficial insects – is used by the Montessori Project teachers for science-related lessons, says Sanford.

In this outdoor setting, the sale will be cash or check only. Gardeners will find organically grown vegetables and herbs – perfect for planting now. The sale also features a good selection of organically grown house plants, perennials (including an assortment of daylilies), succulents and more.

Proceeds go towards such club functions as the upkeep of the Koobs Nature Area and scholarships for local students.

Specific questions about the sale may be directed to Sanford at .

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For week of March 3:

* Celebrate the city flower! Catch the 100th Sacramento Camellia Show 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2, and 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the Scottish Rite Center, 6151 H St., Sacramento. Admission is free.

* Between showers, pick up fallen camellia blooms; that helps cut down on the spread of blossom blight that prematurely browns petals.

* Feed camellias after they bloom with fertilizer formulated for acid-loving plants.

* Camellias need little pruning. Remove dead wood and shape, if necessary.

* Tread lightly or not at all on wet ground; it compacts soil.

* Avoid digging in wet soil, too; wait until it clumps in your hand but doesn’t feel squishy.

* Note spots in your garden that stay wet after storms; improve drainage with the addition of organic matter such as compost.

* Keep an eye out for leaning trunks or ground disturbances around a tree’s base, a sign of shifting roots in the wet soil.

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* If aphids are attracted to new growth, knock them off with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap. To make your own “bug soap,” use two tablespoons liquid soap – not detergent – to one quart water in a spray bottle. Shake it up before use. Among the liquid soaps that seem most effective are Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soaps; try the peppermint scent.

* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.

* Make plans for your summer garden. Once the soil is ready, start adding amendments such as compost.

* Indoors, start seeds for summer favorites such as tomatoes, peppers and squash as well as summer flowers.

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