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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 Feb. 18:

It's wet to start the week. When you do get outside, between or after storms, concentrate on damage control:

* Keep storm drains and gutters clear of debris.

* Clean up tree debris knocked down by wind and rain.

* Where did the water flow in your garden? Make notes where revisions are necessary.

* Are any trees leaning? See disturbances in the ground or lawn around their base? Time to call an arborist before the tree topples.

* Dump excess water out of pots.

* Indoors, start peppers, tomatoes and eggplant from seed.

* Lettuce and other greens also can be started indoors from seed.

* Got bare-root plants? Put their roots in a bucket of water until outdoor soil dries out. Or pot them up in 1- or 5-gallon containers. In April, transplant the plant, rootball and all, into the garden.

* Browse garden websites and catalogs. It’s not too late to order for spring and summer.

* Show your indoor plants some love. Dust leaves and mist to refresh.

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