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Learn how to propagate native plants

Hands-on workshop shows what to do with cuttings, divisions and seeds

Plant scientist Renee Murphy, here dressed for different weather than we currently enjoy, will lead the propagation workshop this Friday.

Plant scientist Renee Murphy, here dressed for different weather than we currently enjoy, will lead the propagation workshop this Friday.

Photo courtesy Renee Murphy

Native plants can go a long way to helping bees, butterflies, birds and other local wildlife survive in our suburban environment. Meant to grow in our California landscape, natives also can be more resilient to heat, drought or deluge.

Learn how to propagate native plants during a hands-on workshop, set for 3 p.m. this Friday, Aug 18, in East Sacramento.

“Whether you dream of a flourishing garden or simply wish to expand your green thumb skills, this workshop promises to be an inspiring and informative experience for all plant enthusiasts,” say the organizers.

Plant scientist Renee Murphy, a.k.a. @midlifefarmgirl, will lead the two-hour session, billed as “Sacramento Native Plant Propagation Practice Workshop,” at McClaskey Adult Center, 5241 J St., Sacramento. Advance registration is required and space is limited. Get your ticket ($15 plus fees) via eventbrite:

“Whether you're a seasoned gardener or a complete beginner, this workshop is designed to help you gain confidence and expertise in the art of plant propagation,” Murphy said in her online class description. “During this interactive session, we will guide you through various propagation methods, providing step-by-step demonstrations and personalized assistance.”

Learn how to propagate plants via cuttings, root divisions or seeds. Also get tips on how to nurture those babies into mature plants.

“This workshop aims to foster a supportive and collaborative learning environment, allowing participants to share their experiences and learn from one another,” add the organizers.

Participants are asked to bring a pair of pruners or sharp garden scissors along with cuttings of any specific plants they’d like to practice propagating. Participants also may bring seeds to start and to share.


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For week of Sept. 24:

This week our weather will be just right for fall gardening. What are you waiting for?

* Now is the time to plant for fall. The warm soil will get these veggies off to a fast start.

* Keep harvesting tomatoes, peppers, squash, melons and eggplant. Tomatoes may ripen faster off the vine and sitting on the kitchen counter.

* Compost annuals and vegetable crops that have finished producing.

* Cultivate and add compost to the soil to replenish its nutrients for fall and winter vegetables and flowers.

* Fertilize deciduous fruit trees.

* Plant onions, lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, bok choy, spinach and potatoes directly into the vegetable beds.

* Transplant cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower as well as lettuce seedlings.

* Sow seeds of California poppies, clarkia and African daisies.

* Transplant cool-weather annuals such as pansies, violas, fairy primroses, calendulas, stocks and snapdragons.

* Divide and replant bulbs, rhizomes and perennials. That includes bearded iris; if they haven’t bloomed in three years, it’s time to dig them up and divide their rhizomes.

* Dig up and divide daylilies as they complete their bloom cycle.

* Divide and transplant peonies that have become overcrowded. Replant with “eyes” about an inch below the soil surface.

* Late September is ideal for sowing a new lawn or re-seeding bare spots.

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