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Murer House hosts Lavender Day

Lavender is one of the best plants to attract bees. (Photos: Debbie Arrington)
Event explores many ways to use, grow this fragrant herb

Love lavender? Then, this event is for you.

Lavender comes in several
different varieties.
On Saturday, June 1, the Murer House in Folsom hosts Lavender Day, a celebration of all things related to this popular flowering herb.

Lavender plants will be offered for sale along with a wide assortment of items made with lavender or scented with lavender oil.

Demonstrations and a special guest speaker are part of this garden party. Learn how to make items with lavender flowers such as potpourri or tea.

Greg Gayton of
Green Acres Nursery will be the featured speaker with tips on how to grow lavender at home.

Native to the Mediterranean, lavender is well suited to Sacramento’s climate and can adapt to low water landscapes. Beloved by bees, lavender comes in different species and varieties with specific uses and needs.

Admission is free. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Tours of the historic home, built in the 1890s, will be available from 10 am. to 2 p.m.

Murer House is located at 1125 Joe Murer Court in Folsom.

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This week our weather will be just right for fall gardening. What are you waiting for?

* Now is the time to plant for fall. The warm soil will get these veggies off to a fast start.

* Keep harvesting tomatoes, peppers, squash, melons and eggplant. Tomatoes may ripen faster off the vine and sitting on the kitchen counter.

* Compost annuals and vegetable crops that have finished producing.

* Cultivate and add compost to the soil to replenish its nutrients for fall and winter vegetables and flowers.

* Fertilize deciduous fruit trees.

* Plant onions, lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, bok choy, spinach and potatoes directly into the vegetable beds.

* Transplant cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower as well as lettuce seedlings.

* Sow seeds of California poppies, clarkia and African daisies.

* Transplant cool-weather annuals such as pansies, violas, fairy primroses, calendulas, stocks and snapdragons.

* Divide and replant bulbs, rhizomes and perennials. That includes bearded iris; if they haven’t bloomed in three years, it’s time to dig them up and divide their rhizomes.

* Dig up and divide daylilies as they complete their bloom cycle.

* Divide and transplant peonies that have become overcrowded. Replant with “eyes” about an inch below the soil surface.

* Late September is ideal for sowing a new lawn or re-seeding bare spots.

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