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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 www.idiggreenacres.com 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).

Details: www.idiggreenacres.com .

– Debbie Arrington

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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.

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* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

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