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Green Acres hosts annual Fall Festival at Eisley's

Find free family fun, gardening inspiration and plenty of pumpkins

Hundreds of pumpkins await visitors to Green Acres at Eisley's Nursery in Auburn.

Hundreds of pumpkins await visitors to Green Acres at Eisley's Nursery in Auburn. Photo courtesy of Green Acres Nursery & Supply   www.idiggreenacres.com

The pumpkins have arrived! And so have fall celebrations.

Green Acres Nursery & Supply will embrace the autumn spirit with its annual Fall Festival, set for Saturday, Sept. 24.

To be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m at Green Acres’ Eisley Nursery in Auburn, the Fall Festival features a huge selection of pumpkins plus fall planting ideas, live music, face painting, scavenger hunt, petting zoo, pie walk and other fun things for the whole family.

Learn how to make a succulent centerpiece planted in a pumpkin. Snack on fresh-popped popcorn. In addition, seasonal drinks and treats will be offered for sale.

Get plenty of garden advice and inspiration. On hand will be representatives from Auburn Golden Gardeners Garden Club, Auburn Garden Club and Placer Nature Center. Free demonstrations include a composting workshop. Get your pruners, lopers and other tools sharpened.

Admission is free. Green Acres’ Eisley Nursery is located at 380 Nevada St. In Auburn.

Details and directions: www.idiggreenacres.com.

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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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