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Need plants? There's a sale near you

American River College horticulture students propagate the plants for their sales. The fall event is Saturday from 8 a.m.
to 2 p.m. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)

From ARC to Woodland, groups host Saturday events

Fall obviously is for planting; why else would so many groups host plant sales this month? Wherever you live, there’s likely a special sale near you.

Besides the big event this weekend at Shepard Garden and Arts Center in Sacramento’s McKinley Park (
see details here ), here are three more sales, all on Saturday, Oct. 5:

- American River College Plant Sale, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Find native plants, vegetables, succulents and perennials, propagated by students. All proceeds benefit the ARC Horticulture Program. Credit cards accepted. The sale will be held in the Technical Education area, on the northeast corner of campus, behind Automotive; Parking Lot A off Myrtle Avenue, Sacramento. Information:

- Placerville Native Plant Sale, 9 a.m. to noon. Shrubs, trees, perennials, ferns, grasses, vines, groundcovers and succulents will be offered by the California Native Plant Society's El Dorado Chapter. View the full plant list here . Books on native plants also will be sold. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted. They’ll be set up in front of Building C, El Dorado County Government Center, 2850 Fairlane Court, Placerville.

- Woodland Fall Plant Sale and Workshop, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 5. The UCCE master gardeners of Yolo County, Woodland Community College and Woodland High School banded together for this big sale, featuring perennials, annuals, houseplants, landscape plants and winter vegetables. At 9:30 a.m., learn more about fall gardening during a free workshop. Woodland Community College, 2300 East Gibson Road, Woodland.

and Kathy Morrison


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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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