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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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Garden Checklist for week of July 7

Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

* Harvest tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplant. Prompt picking will help keep plants producing.

* Remove spent flowers from roses, daylilies and other bloomers as they finish flowering.

* Pinch off blooms from basil so the plant will grow more leaves.

* Cut back lavender after flowering to promote a second bloom.

* One good thing about hot days: Most lawns stop growing when temperatures top 95 degrees. Keep mower blades set on high.

* Once the weather cools down a little, it’s not too late to add a splash of color. Plant petunias, snapdragons, zinnias and marigolds.

* After the heat wave, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, winter squash and sunflowers. Make sure the seeds stay hydrated.

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