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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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This week our weather will be just right for fall gardening. What are you waiting for?

* Now is the time to plant for fall. The warm soil will get these veggies off to a fast start.

* Keep harvesting tomatoes, peppers, squash, melons and eggplant. Tomatoes may ripen faster off the vine and sitting on the kitchen counter.

* Compost annuals and vegetable crops that have finished producing.

* Cultivate and add compost to the soil to replenish its nutrients for fall and winter vegetables and flowers.

* Fertilize deciduous fruit trees.

* Plant onions, lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, bok choy, spinach and potatoes directly into the vegetable beds.

* Transplant cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower as well as lettuce seedlings.

* Sow seeds of California poppies, clarkia and African daisies.

* Transplant cool-weather annuals such as pansies, violas, fairy primroses, calendulas, stocks and snapdragons.

* Divide and replant bulbs, rhizomes and perennials. That includes bearded iris; if they haven’t bloomed in three years, it’s time to dig them up and divide their rhizomes.

* Dig up and divide daylilies as they complete their bloom cycle.

* Divide and transplant peonies that have become overcrowded. Replant with “eyes” about an inch below the soil surface.

* Late September is ideal for sowing a new lawn or re-seeding bare spots.

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