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Workshop: Make a 'hearty' Valentine dish garden

Green Acres hosts special event at five locations

An anthurium is a natural for a Valentine's Day gift -- the red heart-shaped spathe is eye-catching.

An anthurium is a natural for a Valentine's Day gift -- the red heart-shaped spathe is eye-catching. Kathy Morrison

Looking for a Valentine gift that will grow on your sweetie? Here’s an event that your plant-loving special someone will love. (Or keep it for yourself.)

On Saturday, Feb. 11, at 10 a.m., Green Acres Nursery & Supply is hosting “Create Your Own Valentine Pot Up,” an in-store special “Create Class.” The finished creation uses houseplants evocative of the holiday: Their flowers or foliage are shaped like hearts or have red accents.

“Join us for a fun and creative Valentine's Day-themed activity!” says the Green Acres announcement. “Our experienced garden gurus will guide you in creating a unique houseplant pot featuring an Anthurium, Red Margin Peperomia, and a String of Hearts planted in a modern and stylish Modernist Face Planter.”

Besides making the houseplant container garden, participants will get some hands-on plant education.

“Not only will you leave with a beautiful new plant, but also with the knowledge of how to care for it,” says Green Acres. “Perfect as a treat for yourself or a loved one. Space is limited to 20 participants per location.”

Tickets are $45 with registration online here:

The class is offered at five Green Acres locations: Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom, Rocklin and Roseville.

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It's still not warm enough to transplant tomatoes directly in the ground, but we’re getting there.

* April is the last chance to plant citrus trees such as dwarf orange, lemon and kumquat. These trees also look good in landscaping and provide fresh fruit in winter.

* Smell orange blossoms? Feed citrus trees with a low dose of balanced fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) during bloom to help set fruit. Keep an eye out for ants.

* Apply slow-release fertilizer to the lawn.

* Thoroughly clean debris from the bottom of outdoor ponds or fountains.

* Spring brings a flush of rapid growth, and that means your garden needs nutrients. Fertilize shrubs and trees with a slow-release fertilizer. Or mulch with a 1-inch layer of compost.

* Azaleas and camellias looking a little yellow? If leaves are turning yellow between the veins, give them a boost with chelated iron.

* Trim dead flowers but not leaves from spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. Those leaves gather energy to create next year's flowers. Also, give the bulbs a fertilizer boost after bloom.

* Pinch chrysanthemums back to 12 inches for fall flowers. Cut old stems to the ground.

* Mulch around plants to conserve moisture and control weeds.

* From seed, plant beans, beets, cantaloupes, carrots, corn, cucumbers, melons, radishes and squash.

* Plant onion sets.

* In the flower garden, plant seeds for asters, cosmos, celosia, marigolds, salvia, sunflowers and zinnias.

* Transplant petunias, zinnias, geraniums and other summer bloomers.

* Plant perennials and dahlia tubers for summer bloom.

* Mid to late April is about the last chance to plant summer bulbs, such as gladiolus and tuberous begonias.

* Transplant lettuce seedlings. Choose varieties that mature quickly such as loose leaf.

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