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Green Acres hosts Fall Festival

Colorful chrysanthemums will be featured during Green Acres' Fall Festival. (Photos: Debbie Arrington)
All five locations offer old-fashioned family fun, garden style

Get your garden into full-out fall mode. This free fest offers plenty of ideas, plants and products – in five locations – plus family fun, too.

On the first Saturday of the new season, Green Acres Nursery & Supply hosts its annual Fall Festival with live music, games, pumpkin patches, face painting, balloons and more.

The celebration runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. Admission and parking are free.

DIY Workshops will show how to make a mini-pumpkin centerpiece, perfect for fall holiday entertaining; course fee and materials, $7.50. Raffles and pie walks offer free prizes for patrons.

Experts will be on hand to provide advice on beekeeping, irrigation, fall planting and tools. Demonstrations and workshops vary by location; check details online at .

At the Elk Grove nursery, two food trucks – I Scream Yogurt and Dapper Demand hot dogs – will serve lunch and snacks to shoppers. Other refreshments will be offered at each store.

Fall is for planting. Find a huge selection of chrysanthemums and fall favorites.

Green Acres has locations 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: .

- Debbie Arrington

Tables packed with mums, ready for fall planting.


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Garden Checklist for week of July 7

Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

* Harvest tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplant. Prompt picking will help keep plants producing.

* Remove spent flowers from roses, daylilies and other bloomers as they finish flowering.

* Pinch off blooms from basil so the plant will grow more leaves.

* Cut back lavender after flowering to promote a second bloom.

* One good thing about hot days: Most lawns stop growing when temperatures top 95 degrees. Keep mower blades set on high.

* Once the weather cools down a little, it’s not too late to add a splash of color. Plant petunias, snapdragons, zinnias and marigolds.

* After the heat wave, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, winter squash and sunflowers. Make sure the seeds stay hydrated.

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