Green Acres' Elk Grove greenhouse is packed with indoor favorites.
What do you do when it’s too hot to garden outside? Garden inside!
Houseplants are having their spotlight moment with newbie indoor gardeners gravitating towards everything from anthuriums to ZZ Plants.
Check out this indoor jungle! Green Acres Nursery & Supply ’s Elk Grove store is hosting an “Extraordinary Houseplant Event” on Saturday, Aug. 13. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., find the houseplant advice you need – along with some beautiful exotic plants. Admission and parking are free.
“Mark your calendar, grab your friends, and join us for a fun event as we showcase your favorites and unique varieties that will interest plant lovers of all experience levels!” says Green Acres staff. “Take advantage of event-day specials. Shop our Home+Grown Collection and select something special for yourself and a friend. … Get answers to your questions from our team of houseplant gurus.”
Besides the advice and specials, get your hands dirty, too. The event includes a DIY succulent and petite houseplant pot-up station. Or check out the “Tillandsia Bar” and create your own Air Plant display.
And because this is August, there will be frozen refreshments. I SCREAM Yogurt will be serving frozen yogurt in the afternoon.
Green Acres is located at 9220 E. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove.
Details: www.idiggreenacres.com or call 916-714-5600.
A succulent pot-up station lets you create your own container planting.
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For week of March 19:
Spring will start a bit soggy, but there’s still plenty to do between showers:
* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.
* Watch out for aphids. Wash off plants with strong blast from the hose.
* 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 fight blossom blight.
* Feed citrus trees as they start to blossom.
* 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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