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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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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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