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Find spring inspiration (and plants) at Vendor Sale


Morningsun Herb Farm, a favorite vendor at this event,
will bring herbs as well as unusual perennials,
such as this Moroccan daisy.
(Photo: Courtesy Morningsun Herb Farm)
Sacramento Perennial Plant Club hosts free event; Arrington featured noon speaker

Start spring with new plants, inspiration and some gifts for your garden (or favorite gardener). Find them all at the 16th annual Vendor Sale, hosted by the Sacramento Perennial Plant Club.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 23, the
Shepard Garden and Arts Center will be overflowing with garden-oriented vendors, and not just selling perennials. Among the popular sellers expected for the event are geranium specialist Geraniaceae , Morningsun Herb Farm, Mad Man Bamboo, Paul Matson and his Japanese maples, Golden Pond aquatic plants and The OG cacti and succulents.

Besides an amazing assortment of herbs, Morningsun is expected to bring some unusual perennials, too. March and April are prime perennial planting time.

Also on hand will be artist Carrie Simpson (yard art, bird feeders, reclaimed glass), Friends of San Juan de Oriente (pottery from Nicaragua), Tufarock Designs (natural accents) and Two Bowls Ceramics (handmade pottery for home and garden).

Proceeds from the event help fund the club’s grants program, speakers and community gardening projects.

This event isn’t just a sale; it’s also a chance to learn and get garden advice. Members of the Perennial Plant Club will be out in force to answer questions and offer suggestions.

At noon, featured speaker will be Sacramento Digs Gardening’s Debbie Arrington, who will share “Garden Trends for 2019.”

Admission and parking are free. Shepard Center is located at 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento, in McKinley Park.

Details: sacramentoperennialplantclub.org .

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Get to work in the mornings while it’s still cool.

* Irrigate early in the day; your plants will appreciate it.

* Generally, tomatoes need deep watering two to three times a week, but don't let them dry out completely. That can encourage blossom-end rot.

* Let the grass grow longer. Set the mower blades high to reduce stress on your lawn during summer heat. To cut down on evaporation, water your lawn deeply during the early hours of the morning, between 2 and 8 a.m.

* Tie up vines and stake tall plants such as gladiolus and lilies. That gives their heavy flowers some support.

* Dig and divide crowded bulbs after the tops have died down.

* Feed summer flowers with a slow-release fertilizer.

* Mulch, mulch, mulch! This “blanket” keeps moisture in the soil longer and helps your plants cope during hot weather.

* Avoid pot “hot feet.” Place a 1-inch-thick board under container plants sitting on pavement. This little cushion helps insulate them from radiated heat.

* Thin grapes on the vine for bigger, better clusters later this summer.

* Cut back fruit-bearing canes on berries.

* Feed camellias, azaleas and other acid-loving plants. Mulch to conserve moisture and reduce heat stress.

* Cut back Shasta daisies after flowering to encourage a second bloom in the fall.

* Trim off dead flowers from rose bushes to keep them blooming through the summer. Roses also benefit from deep watering and feeding now. A top dressing of aged compost will keep them happy. It feeds as well as keeps roots moist.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushier plants with many more flowers in September.

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* Transplant summer annuals such as petunias, marigolds and zinnias.

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