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UC Davis Arboretum holds second of season's five plant sales

Members can order online, get contactless curbside pick-up

Several small plants in black pots
Satisfy that desire to buy plants with excellent specimens from the UC Davis Arboretum Nursery sale.
Members only for this sale, but it's easy to join. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)

Celebrate spring with some well-timed plant shopping.

On the first official weekend of spring, UC Davis Arboretum’s Teaching Nursery is hosting its second plant sale for members only. With orders online only, the sale window is open now through 1 p.m. Monday, March 22.

Order plants before that deadline, then schedule no-contact curbside pick-up March 25 through March 30 (excluding Sunday).

This sale is open to members of the Friends of the Arboretum and the Davis Botanical Society. Not yet a Friend? No problem; join and receive instant benefits including a 10% discount.

This sale features thousands of low-water (mostly) flowering plants in 436 varieties, ideal for our climate. Many varieties are hard to find anywhere else.

Take a look at the inventory (it’s impressive):

Discover some new favorites, too. In this sale, 43 varieties are offered for the first time and 98 have not been offered before 2021.

Located on Garrod Drive on the UC Davis campus, the Arboretum Teaching Nursery also will host three spring sales for the general public; no membership necessary. Those sale windows are: April 8-12, April 29-May 3 and May 20-24.

For full details:

Postscript to Thursday's blog item: The "Landscape Redesign: An Environmentally Friendly Approach" video by the UCCE Sacramento County is now posted on YouTube and available for viewing .


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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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