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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
www.soilborn.org . 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.

Details: www.soilborn.org .

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Temperatures will be a bit higher than normal in the afternoons this week. Take care of chores early in the day – then enjoy the afternoon. It’s time to smell the roses.

* Plant, plant, plant! It’s prime planting season in the Sacramento area. If you haven’t already, it’s time to set out those tomato transplants along with peppers and eggplants. Pinch off any flowers on new transplants to make them concentrate on establishing roots instead of setting premature fruit.

* Direct-seed melons, cucumbers, summer squash, corn, radishes, pumpkins and annual herbs such as basil.

* Harvest cabbage, lettuce, peas and green onions.

* In the flower garden, direct-seed sunflowers, cosmos, salvia, zinnias, marigolds, celosia and asters.

* Plant dahlia tubers. Other perennials to set out include verbena, coreopsis, coneflower and astilbe.

* Transplant petunias, marigolds and perennial flowers such as astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia and verbena.

* Keep an eye out for slugs, snails, earwigs and aphids that want to dine on tender new growth.

* Feed summer bloomers with a balanced fertilizer.

* For continued bloom, cut off spent flowers on roses as well as other flowering plants.

* Don’t forget to water. Seedlings need moisture. Deep watering will help build strong roots and healthy plants.

* Add mulch to the garden to help keep that precious water from evaporating. Mulch also cuts down on weeds. But don’t let it mound around the stems or trunks of trees or shrubs. Leave about a 6-inch to 1-foot circle to avoid crown rot or other problems.

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