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'Swig & Dig' returns at Exotic Plants

Learn how to make a mounted fern

Stag fern attached to driftwood piece
"Swig & Dig" at Exotic Plants will feature this mounted staghorn fern.
(Photo courtesy Exotic Plants)

As more plant lovers get vaccinated, more in-person gardening events are returning to the Sacramento calendar – including this popular workshop mixing gardening with wine sipping.

Exotic Plants, Sacramento’s longtime leader in indoor gardening, will host “Swig & Dig” at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 26. The project: A mounted fern.

Exotic Plants will host the in-person class in its spacious store at 1525 Fulton Ave., Sacramento. (Remember: Bring a face mask.)

“Each $60 ticket includes all planting supplies, a personal bottle of wine and an exclusive discount in our store!” says the staff of Exotic Plants.

Learn how to attach a staghorn fern to driftwood or other growing platform so it can be mounted on a wall to grow without soil. Such ferns can thrive for years, even decades – if they get off to a good start.

Seating is limited; reservations can be made now on . Or call the store and purchase your ticket: 916-922-4769.

Details: .

— Debbie Arrington

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For week of Sept. 24:

This week our weather will be just right for fall gardening. What are you waiting for?

* Now is the time to plant for fall. The warm soil will get these veggies off to a fast start.

* Keep harvesting tomatoes, peppers, squash, melons and eggplant. Tomatoes may ripen faster off the vine and sitting on the kitchen counter.

* 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.

* Fertilize deciduous fruit trees.

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

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

* 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. That includes bearded iris; if they haven’t bloomed in three years, it’s time to dig them up and divide their rhizomes.

* 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.

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

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