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Folsom Garden Club hosts spring plant sale

No garden tour this weekend, but club hosts special event at Murer House

Murer House
The 1920s classic Murer House this weekend will be
the site of the Folsom Garden Club's plant sale
and craft festival, a smaller version of the
club's usual late April event. (Photo courtesy
murerhouse.org)



Local garden clubs continue to take cautious baby steps back into “normal” activities. Spring is giving several groups a big push.

Among them is the Folsom Garden Club. This weekend, it will host its Spring Plant Sale and Crafts Festival at the Murer House, 1125 Joe Murer Court, Folsom.

Sale hours will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 24 and 25. Expect to find lots of vegetable seedlings as well as annual flowers, perennials, herbs and more.

Proceeds will benefit the club’s college scholarship fund as well as support grants and community projects.

Usually, the Folsom Garden Club hosts its annual garden tour the last weekend in April, featuring beautiful local gardens, a bake sale, crafts fair and more. But due to the uncertainty surrounding such large public events this spring due to COVID, that tour has been canceled.

Instead, the club will rely on smaller scale events – such as this weekend’s spring plant sale and craft festival – to do its fundraising and share the love of gardening.

For more details:
https://www.folsomgarden.org/

Boasting its own fine gardens, the Murer House is once again open for tours – but only once a month. Docents lead public tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month.

For more on the Murer House: http://murerhouse.org/

- Debbie Arrington

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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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