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Soil Born hosts Autumn Equinox Celebration

Celebrate the change of seasons Saturday at Soil Born Farms. The fundraiser
will be an evening event. (Photo courtesy Soil Born Farms)

Support Sacramento's landmark ranch and educational programs

Get in the mood for fall while helping a great local resource.

Soil Born Farms hosts its 17th annual Autumn Equinox Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 21. Starting at 5:30 p.m., this evening gala at the American River Ranch is Soil Born’s largest fundraiser of the year, supporting its many educational programs.

Tickets are $75 and available online at . No tickets will be offered at the door.

A farm-to-fork celebration of local food and beverage, this garden party features local chefs making seasonal dishes for sampling along with a wine and beer tasting. Live music will be provided by Mind X Quartet , The Miner Flatts , Richie Lawrence and Millington Strings .

By twilight, explore the ranch, the oldest continuously working farm in Sacramento County. Learn about Soil Born’s many programs while commemorating the change of seasons.

American River Ranch is located at 2140 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova. Note: Soil Born’s farmstand will be closed Saturday in preparation for the evening event.

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Dig In: Garden Checklist

For week of March 19:

Spring will start a bit soggy, but there’s still plenty to do between showers:

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

* Watch out for aphids. Wash off plants with strong blast from the hose.

* 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 fight blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees as they start to blossom.

* 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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