Pop in to buy perennials, vegetables and herbs
Dreaming of tomatoes? The Elk Grove Community Garden sale includes starts
for tomatoes and many other vegetables. (Photos: Kathy Morrison)
This weekend is just stuffed with plant sales. A few more showed up on the gardening radar, and it's only fair to share the news.
The Elk Grove Community Garden holds its annual fundraiser plant sale this Saturday, April 10, from 9 .am. to 1 p.m. If you're still looking for tomatoes, peppers or plants for the summer vegetable garden, this is a great source if you're in the south county area.
The Elk Grove Community Garden is at 100025 Hampton Oak Drive in Elk Grove. Plants will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Cash, checks or Venmo payments are accepted.
Pre-orders are being accepted, so you don't have to wait until Saturday to make your choices. Check the inventory list here and text 916-320-3195 to pre-order for curbside pickup. (Orders will be confirmed and billed when inventory is checked.)
The plants listed for pre-order include tomatoes, tomatillos, sweet peppers, spicy peppers, summer and winter squash, melons, cucumbers, Green Long eggplant, herbs, beans, some greens and several annual summer flowers. Prices for pre-order are $2 for 4-inch pots and $3 for 4-packs.
Additional plants, including succulents, some palm trees and more veggies and flowers, will be available for sale in person Saturday. These will be priced as marked on the day of the sale.
Just a note: The garden also will be accepting canned food donations for the Elk Grove Food Bank. To see what the Elk Grove Community Garden is all about, read more here or on the garden's Facebook page .
The Perennial Plant Club will have two pop-up sales this
weekend, then be at the Shepard Center, above, April 17-18.
The first is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at 4578 Parkridge Road, Sacramento -- this is a residence south of Sutterville Road in Land Park. Sunday, the sale will move to 4510 La Canada Way in Davis' El Macero neighborhood, south of Interstate 80, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
All plants for these sales are grown by club members, which is the best guarantee that the plant you purchase will do well in our region.
The Perennial Plant Club will also have a sale presence April 17-18, during the Sacramento Iris Society sale at Shepard Garden and Arts Center in Sacramento's McKinley Park. That sale runs 1-4 p.m. both days.
Face masks are required for all sales.
And finally, save the date for the Folsom Garden Club Spring Plant Sale and Craft Festival. It's April 24-25, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, at the Murer House, 1125 Joe Murer Court in Folsom. We'll have more details on that event as it gets closer.
-- Kathy Morrison
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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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