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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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Temperatures will be a bit higher than normal in the afternoons this week. Take care of chores early in the day – then enjoy the afternoon. It’s time to smell the roses.

* Plant, plant, plant! It’s prime planting season in the Sacramento area. If you haven’t already, it’s time to set out those tomato transplants along with peppers and eggplants. Pinch off any flowers on new transplants to make them concentrate on establishing roots instead of setting premature fruit.

* Direct-seed melons, cucumbers, summer squash, corn, radishes, pumpkins and annual herbs such as basil.

* Harvest cabbage, lettuce, peas and green onions.

* In the flower garden, direct-seed sunflowers, cosmos, salvia, zinnias, marigolds, celosia and asters.

* Plant dahlia tubers. Other perennials to set out include verbena, coreopsis, coneflower and astilbe.

* Transplant petunias, marigolds and perennial flowers such as astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia and verbena.

* Keep an eye out for slugs, snails, earwigs and aphids that want to dine on tender new growth.

* Feed summer bloomers with a balanced fertilizer.

* For continued bloom, cut off spent flowers on roses as well as other flowering plants.

* Don’t forget to water. Seedlings need moisture. Deep watering will help build strong roots and healthy plants.

* Add mulch to the garden to help keep that precious water from evaporating. Mulch also cuts down on weeds. But don’t let it mound around the stems or trunks of trees or shrubs. Leave about a 6-inch to 1-foot circle to avoid crown rot or other problems.

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