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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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The warm wave coming this week will shift weeds into overdrive. Get to work!

* Weed, weed, weed! Whack them before they flower.

* Mulch around plants to conserve moisture and control weeds.

* Smell orange blossoms? Feed citrus trees with a low dose of balanced fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) during bloom to help set fruit. Keep an eye out for ants.

* Apply slow-release fertilizer to the lawn.

* Thoroughly clean debris from the bottom of outdoor ponds or fountains.

* Spring brings a flush of rapid growth, and that means your garden is really hungry. Feed shrubs and trees with a slow-release fertilizer. Or mulch with a 1-inch layer of compost.

* Azaleas and camellias looking a little yellow? If leaves are turning yellow between the veins, give them a boost with chelated iron.

* Trim dead flowers but not leaves from spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. Those leaves gather energy to create next year's flowers. Also, give the bulbs a fertilizer boost after bloom.

* Pinch chrysanthemums back to 12 inches for fall flowers. Cut old stems to the ground.

* From seed, plant beans, beets, cantaloupes, carrots, corn, cucumbers, melons, radishes and squash. Plant onion sets.

* In the flower garden, plant seeds for asters, cosmos, celosia, marigolds, salvia, sunflowers and zinnias. Transplant petunias, zinnias, geraniums and other summer bloomers.

* Plant perennials and dahlia tubers for summer bloom. April is about the last chance to plant summer bulbs, such as gladiolus and tuberous begonias.

* Transplant lettuce and cabbage seedlings.

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