Find hundreds of annuals, vegetables and more, including some big bargains
Pre-Covid, this sign was displayed three and a half years ago at American River College. The horticulture students will have plenty of plants for sale as the ARC plant sale returns Saturday.
Need plants? These students have them – by the hundreds.
After a nearly three-year absence, American River College’s beloved plant sale returns Saturday, April 22, with a gigantic inventory. The sale is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free and credit cards will be accepted.
Find seasonal annuals and vegetables, landscape plants, native plants, perennials, assorted berries, houseplants, succulents and more. All plants are student-grown, and all proceeds benefit the American River College Horticulture Program.
During that three-year hiatus, ARC students didn’t stop growing plants – and some of those plants have grown pretty big. Find 3-gallon “pre-Covid” bargains priced at $10 each.
American River College is located at 4700 College Oak Drive, Sacramento. The sale will be held in the Horticulture area in the northeast corner of the ARC campus behind Automotive. Use Parking Lot A off Myrtle Avenue.
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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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