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The Secret Garden hosts pottery sale, houseplant event

Find big bargains on imperfect pots; Houseplant Happy Hour returns

Various ceramic and terra cotta plant containers on a table
The Secret Garden carries a range of plant
containers, from plain to whimsical. The ones
that aren't quite perfect are on sale this weekend,
Sept. 2-5. (Photo courtesy The Secret Garden)
Do you like pots? How about bargains? Then this sale is for you.

All Labor Day weekend, The Secret Garden is clearing out its ceramics and terra cotta closets with its “Chips, Dings and Seconds Pottery Sale.” Starting Friday, find 30% to 70% discounts on all sizes and many types of not-quite-perfect containers.

“Most have imperfections that do not affect quality,” the garden store posted on its website. “They simply don’t meet our retail standards.”

Often those minor flaws are hard to spot, such as uneven glaze or a ding on the bottom. The Secret Garden carries a huge selection of ceramic containers in a rainbow of colors. It’s a great opportunity to expand your gardening space, especially for succulents, herbs or houseplants.

Speaking of which, The Secret Garden will host another Houseplant Happy Hour on Tuesday, Sept. 6. This Happy Hour actually lasts three hours -- 3 to 6 p.m. -- and is held the first Tuesday of each month.

During that time, get 15% discounts on all houseplants and indoor pottery (including perfect pieces). Enjoy complimentary wine and snacks while browsing The Secret Garden’s indoor jungle. Get houseplant advice, too.

Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, The Secret Garden is located at 8450 W. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove. Phone: 916-682-6839.

Details and directions:
www.secretgarden-online.com .

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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.

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

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