Find free family fun, gardening inspiration and plenty of pumpkins
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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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.
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