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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
Linda2855@comcast.net .

More details: https://www.facebook.com/OrganicGardeningClubofSacCounty/


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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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