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Happy Halloween! Now, about November

Happy Halloween from this cat-o-lantern and the Sacramento Digs Gardening bloggers. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)

Less daylight, but many gardening events and activities

Today is all about costumes, pumpkins and trick-or-treating, but Halloween also ushers in later fall. Here are some fun events and an important reminder for gardeners for the next week:

* Love history and trees? The Sacramento Tree Foundation and the Friends of Sutter's Fort present a free walking tour 10 a.m. this Saturday of the historic trees at Fort Sutter State Historic Park, 2701 L St. in midtown Sacramento. Sign up at .

* The Elk Grove Community Garden will hold its Grand Reopening Open House celebration 1-4 p.m. Saturday. The free event is in honor of the completion of big and small improvements to the garden, which is home to 94 plots. Sounds like it will be quite a party: Garden tours, kids activities and food trucks will be part of the event. The master  gardeners will be on hand, too, so bring along your garden questions. The garden is at 10025 Hampton Oak Drive, Elk Grove. Information: www.elkgrovecommunitygarden.o rg

* We've already blogged about the Sacramento Chrysanthemum Show (which is Saturday and Sunday) and the UC Davis Arboretum clearance sale (Saturday), but it doesn't hurt to mention them again. Both are big events for Sacramento gardeners and plant lovers.

* Not enough to fill up your weekend? You could squeeze in a class on "Sustaining the Environment with Native Plants," 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Soil Born Farms' American River Ranch, 2140 Chase Drive in Rancho Cordova. Mark Lum of the California Native Plant Society leads the class, which cover analyzing native plants for human use and how to collect them in a sustainable way. For ages 18 and up. Offered through the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op. $25 ($1.67 service fee), available on Brown Paper Tickets .

* Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. this Sunday; don't forget to set your clocks back before you go to bed. The time change is great for early-morning gardeners, though we'll have to bundle up a bit before going outside to prune or pick. Sunset moves up to just about 5 p.m. Those long evenings of light will return after standard time ends March 10, 2019.

Checking our Garden Calendar is a great way to keep up on events large and small in the region throughout the seasons.

-- Kathy Morrison


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For week of Nov. 26:

Concentrate on helping your garden stay comfortable during these frosty nights – and clean up all those leaves!

* Irrigate frost-tender plants such as citrus in the late afternoon. That extra soil moisture increases temperatures around the plant a few degrees, just enough to prevent frost damage. The exception are succulents; too much water before frost can cause them to freeze.

* Cover sensitive plants before the sun goes down. Use cloth sheets or frost cloths, not plastic sheeting, to hold in warmth. Make sure to remove covers in the morning.

* Use fall leaves as mulch around shrubs and vegetables. Mulch acts as a blanket and keeps roots warmer.

* Stop dead-heading; let rose hips form on bushes to prompt dormancy.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs.

* Clean and sharpen garden tools before storing for the winter.

* Brighten the holidays with winter bloomers such as poinsettias, amaryllis, calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies and primroses.

* Keep poinsettias in a sunny, warm location – and definitely indoors overnight. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they’ll bloom again next December.

* Rake and remove dead leaves and stems from dormant perennials.

* Plant spring bulbs. Don’t forget the tulips chilling in the refrigerator. Daffodils can be planted without pre-chilling.

* This is also a good time to seed wildflowers and plant such spring bloomers as sweet peas, sweet alyssum and bachelor buttons.

* Plant trees and shrubs. They’ll benefit from fall and winter rains while establishing their roots.

* Set out cool-weather annuals such as pansies and snapdragons.

* Lettuce, cabbage and broccoli also can be planted now.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Bare-root season begins now. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb.

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