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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.

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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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