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Fairy gardens and airplants at Green Acres

Make your own fairy garden at Green Acres.
(Photo: Courtesy Green Acres Nursery & Supply)
Three locations offer Tuesday evening DIY workshops

Discover some fantastical gardening (made for indoors).

Fairy gardens and airplants are on tap this month during Tuesday evening gardening workshops at
Green Acres Nursery & Supply .

Reservations are now open for both classes, offered at three locations: Elk Grove, Folsom and Rocklin. Class size is limited; sign up at under “July Events.”

At 5:30 p.m. July 23, “DIY Fairy Gardens” will teach participants how to make their own little succulent world. Included in the package are: clay bowl; clay pot; clay saucer; three Fairy Garden accessories such as tiny signs or winged beings; three succulents or foliage plants; and everything needed for planting, such as cactus mix and potting soil. Go home with a unique Fairy Garden to keep or give, plus advice on its maintenance to help it thrive. Class fee is $50.

At 5:30 p.m. July 30, learn all about airplants – the fascinating bromeliad genus, Tillandsia. Native to northern Mexico and southeastern U.S. as well as other parts of the Americas, these unusual plants like to live in places without soil, such as in the crook of branches or on wires. Adapted to their habitats, their silvery leaves can absorb water droplets rapidly, as if they live on air.

How do you keep airplants happy at home? “DIY Workshop: Airplants on Grapewood” shows the keys to success. Included is a suitable piece of grapewood with nooks to establish these epiphytes, three airplants, moss and other supplies. Fee is $25.

Find these workshops at Green Acres in Elk Grove (9220 E. Stockton Blvd.), Folsom (205 Serpa Way) and Rocklin (5436 Crossings Drive).

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– Debbie Arrington


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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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