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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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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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