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Foothill gardeners, here's an opportunity to fill your landscape needs

Big sale offers trees, shrubs, perennials, succulents and more

Perennials and a sign that says All Stars
The Sherwood Demonstration Garden in Placerville
will be the site of the plant sale Saturday. (Photo
courtesy UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County)

It’s time to mark your calendar for another great plant sale! Instead of the usual veggies and flowers, this sale is dedicated to landscape mainstays including trees, shrubs, perennials, succulents, native plants and grasses. Another plus: Many of the varieties are proven performers in the foothills.

UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of El Dorado County will offer hundreds of landscape plants from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 1. The socially distanced event will be held at the master gardeners’ Sherwood Demonstration Garden, 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville. The garden is located at Folsom Lake College’s El Dorado Center campus.

Patrons have two options: They can just show up and wait in line; or  make an advance reservation with a specific time slot. The reservation system (which was filling up quickly) allows the master gardeners to make sure there’s plenty of space for shoppers to stay socially distanced and comfortable while browsing.

Remember: Face masks will be required, too.

Shoppers can get a head start on their selections by viewing the sales inventory list. (There’s a lot to choose from!)

To see the plant list or see if reservations are still available, go to .


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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Sept. 25

This week's warm break will revive summer crops such as peppers and tomatoes that may still be trying to produce fruit. Pumpkins and winter squash will add weight rapidly.

Be on the lookout for powdery mildew and other fungal diseases that may be enjoying this combination of warm air and moist soil.

* Late September is ideal for sowing a new lawn or re-seeding bare spots.

* Compost annuals and vegetable crops that have finished producing.

* Cultivate and add compost to the soil to replenish its nutrients for fall and winter vegetables and flowers.

* Plant for fall now. The warm soil will get cool-season veggies and flowers off to a fast start.

* Plant onions, lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, bok choy, spinach and potatoes directly into the vegetable beds.

* Transplant lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower.

* Sow seeds of California poppies, clarkia and African daisies.

* Transplant cool-weather annuals such as pansies, violas, fairy primroses, calendulas, stocks and snapdragons.

* Divide and replant bulbs, rhizomes and perennials.

* Dig up and divide daylilies as they complete their bloom cycle.

* Divide and transplant peonies that have become overcrowded. Replant with "eyes" about an inch below the soil surface.

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