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Create colorful containers for winter, spring


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Sacramento Digs Gardening
PUBLISHED OCT 23, 2019
Heuchera "Dolce Blackberry Ice," above, one of many varieties of a perennial also known as coral bells, is an excellent fall and winter container plant. (Photo courtesy Green Acres)

Green Acres offers free workshop at all locations

It may feel like summer, but fall is a great time to plant flowers and bulbs for winter and spring – providing bursts of blooms in months ahead.

Learn how to create portable and colorful container gardens during free workshops this Saturday at Green Acres Nursery & Supply.

All five locations will offer this popular workshop, set for 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. See how to combine bulbs and cool-season annuals in one container to make an ever-changing bouquet in a pot. See examples as experts offer their tips for success. Then, get inspired to combine your own favorites.

Green Acres nurseries are located in Sacramento (8501 Jackson Road), Elk Grove (9220 E. Stockton Blvd.), Folsom (205 Serpa Way), Rocklin (5436 Crossings Drive) and Roseville (901 Galleria Blvd.).

Details and directions: www.idiggreenacres.com .

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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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