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Green Acres hosts virtual Fall Festival this week

How-to videos and inspiration offered daily

Pumpkins at Green Acres
Pumpkins have arrived at Green Acres stores and are ready for carving or arranging. (Photo courtesy Green Acres Nursery & Supply)

Happy autumn equinox!

Celebrate (virtually) all things autumn during Green Acres’ annual Fall Festival. Now through Sunday (Sept. 27), Green Acres Nursery & Supply will host daily events via its
Facebook , Instagram and YouTube pages. There’s a different theme and video every day.

Green Acres staff will post new events each day. Don’t worry if you missed the presentations; the videos will stay up on Green Acres’ webpages and channels.

Tuesday is “Get the Dirt on Fall Veggies,” with a short online tutorial on what to plant now plus other autumn gardening tips.

Wednesday, learn how to create container gardens full of color during “Pot-Up Palooza.” An online class shows how to combine fall annuals and spring bulbs in one pot that delivers flowers over three seasons including a spring explosion of bright blooms. In addition, some of Green Acres’ favorite garden influencers show how they use pumpkins, mums, ornamental kale and more to decorate their porches.

Thursday, go crazy for crotons and other indoor favorites as Green Acres staff explores “Houseplants for Fall Decor.”

Friday, find out why “Fall is for Planting,” along with many suggestions of what to plant now.

Saturday, it’s “Fall Fun with the Family,” featuring online classes for both adults and kids. Youngsters can learn how to turn a pumpkin into a giant orange ice cream cone (a definite conversation piece during fall celebrations). For grown-ups, the class shows how to pack a pumpkin with succulents and turn it into a fall centerpiece. Plus discover some pumpkin-packed recipes.

Sunday wraps up with awards. During its Fall Festival, Green Acres is hosting a week-long pumpkin decorating contest with $100 gift cards to the winners. In addition, patrons can vote for the decorated in-store pumpkin of their choice with $2,000 going to a local charity of the store’s choice.

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Garden Checklist for week of July 7

Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

* Harvest tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplant. Prompt picking will help keep plants producing.

* Remove spent flowers from roses, daylilies and other bloomers as they finish flowering.

* Pinch off blooms from basil so the plant will grow more leaves.

* Cut back lavender after flowering to promote a second bloom.

* One good thing about hot days: Most lawns stop growing when temperatures top 95 degrees. Keep mower blades set on high.

* Once the weather cools down a little, it’s not too late to add a splash of color. Plant petunias, snapdragons, zinnias and marigolds.

* After the heat wave, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, winter squash and sunflowers. Make sure the seeds stay hydrated.

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