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Workshop explores 'Miniature Gardening Mania'

Create a miniature garden at a workshop Saturday at The Secret Garden.
(Photo courtesy The Secret Garden)

The Secret Garden shows how to create mini wonderlands

No room for a big garden? Create a mini-garden instead.

Learn how to turn a container into your own little wonderland during an upcoming workshop, “Miniature Gardening Mania,” at The Secret Garden in Elk Grove.

Set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, this hands-on course covers the basics of container gardening with an eye towards creating small dioramas or garden scenes.

“(Learn) everything you need to know to create adorable miniature gardens,” says The Secret Garden on its website. “We’ll be covering such tips as compatibility of plants, using pots with drainage and pots without, how to integrate moisture-loving plants with succulents successfully, and more.”

These tips will come in handy not only for this project, but any container gardening.

Course fee is $20 and includes instruction, soil and amendments. Plants and container are extra, but participants will be able to choose from hundreds of possibilities from The Secret Garden’s selection at a 15 percent discount.

Space will be limited. Call
916-682-6839 to register. Or register online at

The Secret Garden is at 8450 W. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove.



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For week of March 26:

Sacramento can expect another inch of rain from this latest storm. Leave the sprinklers off at least another week. Temps will dip down into the low 30s early in the week, so avoid planting tender seedlings (such as tomatoes). Concentrate on these tasks before or after this week’s rain:

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

* Knock off aphids with a strong blast of water or some bug soap as soon as they appear.

* 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 help corral blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees, which are now in bloom and setting fruit.

To prevent sunburn and borer problems on young trees, paint the exposed portion of the trunk with diluted white latex (water-based) interior paint. Dilute the paint with an equal amount of cold water before application.

* 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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