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Green Acres hosts summer pot-up workshop

Make a container garden to celebrate July Fourth

Green Acres has many possibilities when it comes to flowers and plants for a decorative container garden.

Green Acres has many possibilities when it comes to flowers and plants for a decorative container garden. Photo courtesy Green Acres

Get ready to show some patriotic flair with a red, white and blue container garden – and a little help from Green Acres.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, June 22, all seven locations of Green Acres Nursery & Supply will offer a special workshop, “Create Class: Summer Pot-Up.” Fee is $60 including all plants, materials, pot and instruction.

“Join us for a fun and creative Summer Pot-Up activity,” says Green Acres. “Our experienced garden gurus will guide you in creating a unique summer pot-up. We’ll have a wide selection of plants to choose from whether you want a patriotic red, white, and blue theme or use the rest of the rainbow. We’ll help you pick complementary plants that fit your design.”

Each participant will get their choice of one “thriller” plant, six “filler” flowers and two “spillers” to drape over the pot’s edges.The container garden could serve as a July Fourth centerpiece as well as decoratation in your garden all summer long.

“You’ll receive a recipe card with inspiration to refresh the pot with seasonal favorites through fall and winter,” adds Green Acres. “Grab a friend and come dig in the dirt with us!”

Participating Green Acres include Sacramento, Auburn, Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom, Rocklin and Roseville.

Advance registration is required and space is limited to 10 participants per location. Sign up here: https://idiggreenacres.com/pages/create-class-summer-holiday-pot-up.

For more details and store addresses: https://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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