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Plants, plants, plants!

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Student-propagated plants will be on sale at American River College. (Photo courtesy ARC Horticulture Dept.)

Check out this weekend's sales (and our calendar, too)

Are you still looking to fill in spots in your fall garden? With three big plant sales in the area this weekend, there's bound to be one near you:

* American River College.   This one-day sale Saturday, Oct. 6, runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds benefit the ARC Horticulture Program. The plants are student-grown, and include succulents, seasonal vegetables, houseplants, landscape plants, natives, and perennials. Credit cards accepted. The sale will be held in the Technical Education area, on the northeast corner of campus, behind Automotive; Parking Lot A off Myrtle Avenue, Sacramento. Information:

* El Dorado Chapter, California Native Plant Society. Natives, of course, are the focus of this one-day sale, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 6. Most plants will be in 1-gallon and starter-pot sizes, with a few 5-gallon plants available, mainly trees and shrubs. Standard prices are $4 for pots, $11 for 1-gallon, $30 for 5-gallon. Cash, checks and credit accepted. Held in front of Building C, the middle parking lot, 2850 Fairlane Court, Placerville. A full plant list can be found at .

* Shepard Garden and Arts Center. Recapping our post from earlier in the week, this big two-day sale features many of the garden, art and other organizations that call the McKinley Park center home. It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6-7. Find not just many kinds of plants but also books, supplies, gift items, bulbs and calendars. Admission and parking are free. 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento. Information: .

If you want to stay on top of gardening events, including plant sales, club meetings and UCCE Master Gardener presentations, regularly check the Sacramento Digs Gardening calendar page here . And send us information on your events, too, to include.


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For week of March 26:

Sacramento can expect another inch of rain from this latest storm. Leave the sprinklers off at least another week. Temps will dip down into the low 30s early in the week, so avoid planting tender seedlings (such as tomatoes). Concentrate on these tasks before or after this week’s rain:

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* Knock off aphids with a strong blast of water or some bug soap as soon as they appear.

* 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 help corral blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees, which are now in bloom and setting fruit.

To prevent sunburn and borer problems on young trees, paint the exposed portion of the trunk with diluted white latex (water-based) interior paint. Dilute the paint with an equal amount of cold water before application.

* 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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