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Garden workshops with Halloween spirit

Monstera is the appropriate theme of the paint-a-plant workshop at The Secret Garden on Saturday. (Photo courtesy The Secret Garden)

The Secret Garden offers three this week

In the mood for some Halloween-inspired garden fun? The Secret Garden in Elk Grove will host three workshops this week in tune to the season.

Thursday, Oct. 24, create a creepy place to plant something during the “Unhappy Hour Cemeterrarium” workshop. At 6 p.m., learn how to make a terrarium with a Halloween edge, such as a mini desert scene with skulls.

Discover tricks of putting together a succulent terrarium while enjoying some treats. For the $39 class fee, container, soil, rocks and plants are provided with a discount coupon toward extra decorations. Snacks and beverages are provided; bring your own adult beverage if desired.

At 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, a paint-a-plant workshop will focus on Monstera, a tropical favorite with an evocative name. Local muralist Macy Martinez will teach how to create an all-weather piece of art. The $59 class fee covers all materials and instruction. Coffee, tea and doughnuts will be served.

At 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, “Mosaic 101: Cactus” offers another artistic medium for garden art. Create an 8-inch mosaic of this prickly subject. The $50 registration fee covers all materials and instruction for this three-hour workshop. Bring a snack for break time. This is a messy class, so dress appropriately.

The Secret Garden is located at 8450 W. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove. To reserve a spot, sign up at:


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For week of March 26:

Sacramento can expect another inch of rain from this latest storm. Leave the sprinklers off at least another week. Temps will dip down into the low 30s early in the week, so avoid planting tender seedlings (such as tomatoes). Concentrate on these tasks before or after this week’s rain:

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* Knock off aphids with a strong blast of water or some bug soap as soon as they appear.

* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.

* Prepare summer vegetable beds. Spade in compost and other amendments.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Feed camellias at the end of their bloom cycle. Pick up browned and fallen flowers to help corral blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees, which are now in bloom and setting fruit.

To prevent sunburn and borer problems on young trees, paint the exposed portion of the trunk with diluted white latex (water-based) interior paint. Dilute the paint with an equal amount of cold water before application.

* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.

* Seed and renovate the lawn (if you still have one). Feed cool-season grasses such as bent, blue, rye and fescue with a slow-release fertilizer. Check the irrigation system and perform maintenance. Make sure sprinkler heads are turned toward the lawn, not the sidewalk.

* In the vegetable garden, transplant lettuce and kale.

* Seed chard and beets directly into the ground.

* Plant summer bulbs, including gladiolus, tuberous begonias and callas. Also plant dahlia tubers.

* Shop for perennials. Many varieties are available in local nurseries and at plant events. They can be transplanted now while the weather remains relatively cool.

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