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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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For week of Nov. 26:

Concentrate on helping your garden stay comfortable during these frosty nights – and clean up all those leaves!

* Irrigate frost-tender plants such as citrus in the late afternoon. That extra soil moisture increases temperatures around the plant a few degrees, just enough to prevent frost damage. The exception are succulents; too much water before frost can cause them to freeze.

* Cover sensitive plants before the sun goes down. Use cloth sheets or frost cloths, not plastic sheeting, to hold in warmth. Make sure to remove covers in the morning.

* Use fall leaves as mulch around shrubs and vegetables. Mulch acts as a blanket and keeps roots warmer.

* Stop dead-heading; let rose hips form on bushes to prompt dormancy.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs.

* Clean and sharpen garden tools before storing for the winter.

* Brighten the holidays with winter bloomers such as poinsettias, amaryllis, calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies and primroses.

* Keep poinsettias in a sunny, warm location – and definitely indoors overnight. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they’ll bloom again next December.

* Rake and remove dead leaves and stems from dormant perennials.

* Plant spring bulbs. Don’t forget the tulips chilling in the refrigerator. Daffodils can be planted without pre-chilling.

* This is also a good time to seed wildflowers and plant such spring bloomers as sweet peas, sweet alyssum and bachelor buttons.

* Plant trees and shrubs. They’ll benefit from fall and winter rains while establishing their roots.

* Set out cool-weather annuals such as pansies and snapdragons.

* Lettuce, cabbage and broccoli also can be planted now.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Bare-root season begins now. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb.

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