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Make a 'jewelry box garden' for precious succulents

Sign up now for Green Acres workshops at all locations

This pretty succulent garden can be created in the Green Acres workshops scheduled at all stores on July 22.

This pretty succulent garden can be created in the Green Acres workshops scheduled at all stores on July 22. Photo courtesy Green Acres Nursery & Supply

Too hot to garden outdoors? Retreat inside for a fun gardening class and take home a special one-of-a-kind garden “treasure.”

Sign up now for the “Miniature Jewelry Box Garden Create Class” at Green Acres Nursery & Supply. The class will be held at 10 a.m. next Saturday, July 22, at all seven Green Acres locations. Advance registration is required with each location limited to 20 participants.

Studded with succulents, the jewelry box garden features a pot within a pot and plenty of bling.

“Our experienced garden gurus will lead you through the process of crafting a one-of-a-kind pot arrangement inspired by a jewelry box,” says Green Acres. “Participants will combine a sleek white cube planter adorned with an array of delightful succulents and decorative glass elements. As a finishing touch, we'll add a stunning gemstone jewelry tree crafted by the talented local artist, Giddy Glass. We also invite participants to bring their own small trinkets from home to add to their pot-ups.”

In addition to supplies, get expert instruction. “We’ll guide you through the steps to create a captivating pot arrangement and share valuable insights on how to nurture and maintain it,” Green Acres adds. “Bring along a companion and immerse yourself in the joy of getting your hands in the soil.”

Class fee is $55 plus tax, and includes: a 7-inch white cube pot (with attached saucer); seven assorted succulents; 4-inch cube cache pot; gemstone jewelry “tree” by Sacramento-based artist Amy Graf of Giddy Glass; exotic decorative glass; plus all planting materials.

To register:

Green Acres are located in Sacramento, Auburn, Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom, Rocklin and Roseville.

Details and directions:


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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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