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Green Acres hosts virtual Ideas Fair

Week-long event features online workshops and inspiration

Blooming flowers in shades of purple and pink
Cutting-flower gardens are trendy! Learn about growing flowers from seed, such as stock, above, during the Thursday events of Green Acres' Dig Into Spring online celebration. (Photo courtesy Green Acres Nursery & Supply)



Get ready to be inspired! Enjoy six days of garden activities designed to make gardeners spring into action.

It’s “Dig into Spring,” the annual Ideas Fair presented by Green Acres Nursery & Supply. But instead of in-person workshops and meet-and-greet sessions, the 2021 Ideas Fair has gone virtual, with events hosted online via Facebook or Instagram. All sessions are free.

Set for Monday through Saturday, March 8-13, the Ideas Fair offers something new and refreshing each day. Some lunchtime events will stream live on Facebook or Instagram. Others can be tapped into any time after their online debut. Gift card giveaways and others will be part of the fun.

Monday spotlights one of the newest members to the Green Acres family: Eisley Nursery in Auburn. Tag along on a video tour of the Eisley Nursery, now in the transition process. Eisley’s is renowned for its vegetable seedlings, so what better place to talk about edible gardening?

During a lunchtime live event, author and blogger Toni Okamoto (of
plantbasedonabudget.com ) will share how she makes the most of homegrown veggie power in delicious meal ideas. Using Green Acres’ social media pages, tune in at noon via Facebook Live or at 12:30 p.m. via Instagram Live.

Each day’s activities and presentations will be posted on Green Acres’ Facebook and Instagram pages.

Tuesday’s topic: “Healthy Gardens Start with Healthy Roots.” Learn why roots make a huge difference in plant health and productivity.

Wednesday, March 10, features another live lunchtime event with inspirational gardening teacher Kevin Jordan. He’ll answer basic gardening questions, particularly about growing summer vegetables, as well as spotlight the many benefits of gardening and being part of Sacramento's gardening community. (It’s good for you!) Tune in at noon on Facebook Live and at 12:30 p.m. on Instagram Live.

Thursday, March 11, the focus will be hot garden trends for 2021 (cut flowers!) plus a spotlight on houseplants.

Friday, March 12, outdoor designer Becky Horan will show how to make your own oasis with four tips to create a beautiful outdoor space. Saturday, March 13, learn how to plant in a Mediterranean climate – just like ours.

Via Facebook and Instagram, Green Acres will share more Ideas Fair ideas and tips each day. For the full line-up and links, go to: https://idiggreenacres.com/pages/dig-into-spring-ideas-fair-2021

For more details: https://idiggreenacres.com/ .

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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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