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Hooray, more plant sales ahead!

Yolo, El Dorado master gardeners among groups with safety-conscious events

Plant sale sign on fence
This is from a pre-COVID plant sale at Sacramento's Shepard Center, but the message is the same: Plants for sale all over the region this month. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)

April is once again going to be a busy month for fundraiser plant sales -- hooray! The rules are a little different for each one. Here are some to put on the calendar:

-- UCCE Yolo County master gardeners are in the midst of their pre-order drive-up sale at Woodland Community College, 2300 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. The deadline is already past for pickup this Saturday, but order by Tuesday, April 6, to pick up plants between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, April 10.

The Yolo plant list is at , which includes useful notes on all the MGs' favorite tomatoes. Then order and pay at . Note: Many of the varieties already are sold out, including nearly all the tomatoes, but it's worth checking the list to see what's still available. The one-gallon plants are $5 each; tomato plants $3 each, payable by debit or credit card only. Save the receipt to show at the pickup spot.

-- The UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery throws open its online sale doors to the public for its next sale, April 8-12, with pickup available April 15-17 and 19-20. The updated plant inventory list has not been posted yet but should be soon. Go here for additional information on the sales.

-- El Dorado County master gardeners have two sale dates: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 17, with veggies,  fruits and herbs; and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 1, with trees, succulents, native and perennial plants and grasses.  The location is the Sherwood Demonstration Garden, 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville.

This sale is in person, by reservation OR walk-in, but they note that walk-in customers may have to wait in line before shopping. Masks and physical distancing required. To see the plant list or make a reservation, go to .

-- The Sacramento Iris Society, as Debbie reported earlier, will have its spring sale in person on the patio at the Shepard Garden and Arts Center in McKinley Park, 1-4 p.m. April 17-18. And we have it from a reliable source that the Perennial Plant Club also will be participating in the sale.

Other master gardener events coming up:

-- Composting class, online, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. this Saturday, April 3, presented by the El Dorado County master gardeners. Registration is free but required here .

-- Gardening in the Digital Age,  online, 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday, April 10, presented by the UCCE Amador County master gardeners. Register here .

-- Gardening in a Changing Climate,  Zoom workshop, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, April 10, presented by the Placer County master gardeners. Go here to get the link and passcode. This is the first of five Zoom gardening workshops that the Placer MGs have scheduled this spring; check out the full list at


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For week of March 19:

Spring will start a bit soggy, but there’s still plenty to do between showers:

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

* Watch out for aphids. Wash off plants with strong blast from the hose.

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

* Prepare summer vegetable beds. Spade in compost and other amendments.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Feed camellias at the end of their bloom cycle. Pick up browned and fallen flowers to fight blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees as they start to blossom.

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

* Seed and renovate the lawn (if you still have one). Feed cool-season grasses such as bent, blue, rye and fescue with a slow-release fertilizer. Check the irrigation system and perform maintenance. Make sure sprinkler heads are turned toward the lawn, not the sidewalk.

* In the vegetable garden, transplant lettuce and kale.

* Seed chard and beets directly into the ground.

* Plant summer bulbs, including gladiolus, tuberous begonias and callas. Also plant dahlia tubers.

* Shop for perennials. Many varieties are available in local nurseries and at plant events. They can be transplanted now while the weather remains relatively cool.

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