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It's a great time of year for plant sales

Events range from Natomas to Rancho Cordova to Orangevale to Placerville

Shopping for tomato plants? Several fundraising sales in the region this weekend will have tomatoes and other edibles.

Shopping for tomato plants? Several fundraising sales in the region this weekend will have tomatoes and other edibles.

Kathy Morrison

Who needs plants – especially veggies? It’s that time of year. Several fundraising plant sales will be buzzing with edible offerings this weekend. Anyone looking for their top tomatoes or preferred peppers should check out at least one of these sales:

Sacramento Perennial Plant Club, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 14-15, as part of the Spring Plant Sale and Celebration, an event co-presented by the Natomas Garden & Arts Collective. It takes place at the historic Azevedo-Moll Tank House, 1911 Bannon Creek Drive, Sacramento. Perennials, veggies, succulents and native plants for sale. Informational displays and spring activities also will be part of the event, and free tours of the Tank House will be available.

– Three members of the Future Farmers of America at Casa Roble High School will sell seedlings of tomatoes, peppers, squash, melons and more at the Food Bank Farm,  6401 Main, Orangevale, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. 

-- The Sacramento Valley chapter of the California Native Plant Society hosts an in-person sale Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Soil Born Farms, 2140 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova. Guest vendors include Find Out Farms and Leaf & Lark Farm. This sale features California native plants.

– Tomatoes and other veggies, fruit and herbs can be purchased during the first of two spring sales by the master gardeners of El Dorado County, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Sherwood Demonstration Garden, 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville. (Their sale of natives, perennials, trees, etc., will be April 29). Cash or check preferred, Visa and Mastercard also accepted. Plant list is a link on  this page:

– The Sacramento Iris Society will sell potted irises as part of its annual show this weekend, 1-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 16. Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento.

And if you can’t make any of these, there are more sales coming! Of particular interest is the return of the American River College Horticulture Department’s plant sale, which will be Saturday, April 22, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on campus. Annuals, vegetables, succulents, perennials, berries and houseplants will be sold. Pre-COVID 3-gallon mature plants will be priced at $10. Proceeds benefit the horticulture program. The Elk Grove Community Garden plant sale also is on April 22, from  9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 10025 Hampton Oak Drive, Elk Grove.

There also will be plant vendors during the big Garden Faire presented by the Placer County master gardeners, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 22 at the Maidu Community Center, 1550 Maidu Drive, Roseville. (More on that next week!)


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For week of June 4:

Because of the comfortable weather, it’s not too late to set out tomato and pepper seedlings as well as squash and melon plants. They’ll appreciate this not-too-hot weather. Just remember to water.

* From seed, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, melons, squash and sunflowers.

* Plant basil to go with your tomatoes.

* Transplant summer annuals such as petunias, marigolds and zinnias.

* It’s also a good time to transplant perennial flowers including astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia, salvia and verbena.

* Let the grass grow longer. Set the mower blades high to reduce stress on your lawn during summer heat. To cut down on evaporation, water your lawn deeply during the wee hours of the morning, between 2 and 8 a.m.

* Tie up vines and stake tall plants such as gladiolus and lilies. That gives their heavy flowers some support.

* Dig and divide crowded bulbs after the tops have died down.

* Feed summer flowers with a slow-release fertilizer.

* Mulch, mulch, mulch! This “blanket” keeps moisture in the soil longer and helps your plants cope during hot weather.

* Thin grapes on the vine for bigger, better clusters later this summer.

* Cut back fruit-bearing canes on berries.

* Feed camellias, azaleas and other acid-loving plants.

* Trim off dead flowers from rose bushes to keep them blooming through the summer. Roses also benefit from deep watering and feeding now. A top dressing of aged compost will keep them happy. It feeds as well as keeps roots moist.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushier plants with many more flowers in September.

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