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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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For week of Dec. 3:

Make the most of gaps between raindrops. This is a busy month!

* Windy conditions brought down a lot of leaves. Make sure to rake them away from storm drains.

* Use those leaves as mulch around frost-tender shrubs and new transplants.

* Rake and remove dead leaves and stems from dormant perennials.

* Just because it rained doesn't mean every plant got watered. Give a drink to plants that the rain didn't reach, such as under eves or under evergreen trees. Also, well-watered plants hold up better to frost than thirsty plants.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs while they're dormant.

* Clean and sharpen garden tools before storing for the winter.

* Brighten the holidays with winter bloomers such as poinsettias, amaryllis, calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies and primroses.

* Keep poinsettias in a sunny, warm location. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they'll bloom again next December.

* Plant one last round of spring bulbs including daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths, anemones and scillas. Get those tulips out of the refrigerator and into the ground.

* This is also a good time to seed wildflowers such as California poppies.

* Plant such spring bloomers as sweet pea, sweet alyssum and bachelor buttons.

* Late fall is the best time to plant most trees and shrubs. This gives them plenty of time for root development before spring growth. They also benefit from fall and winter rains.

* Lettuce, cabbage and broccoli also can be planted now.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Bare-root season begins. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb. Beware of soggy soil. It can rot bare-root plants.

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