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Sac Valley CNPS hosts native plant sale at Soil Born

In addition, American River Ranch holds its own plant sale, fall gardening clinic

Elderberries ripen on a plant outside the nursery of the Sacramento Valley chapter of the California Native Plant Society. The native plant is an important source of food for birds.

Elderberries ripen on a plant outside the nursery of the Sacramento Valley chapter of the California Native Plant Society. The native plant is an important source of food for birds.

Debbie Arrington

When it comes to native plants, fall is for planting. So what better way to start the new season than by making some native additions to your garden?

Just in time for fall transplanting, the Sacramento Valley chapter of the California Native Plant Society will hold an in-person plant sale Saturday, Sept. 16, at its SacValley Nursery, at Soil Born Farms' American River Ranch in Rancho Cordova.

Sale hours are 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Expect a wide assortment of California native shrubs, perennials and trees that love growing in the greater Sacramento area.

Located close to the American River, the nursery offers a wide range of proven natives for Sacramento Valley gardens. Its September inventory includes such pollinator magnets as yarrows, milkweeds, manzanitas, Dutchman’s pipe and sages. Expect to find some California lilacs, buckeyes and oaks, too.

While attending the sale, check out the nursery’s demonstration gardens and see how these beautiful natives thrive.

Can’t make Saturday’s sale? The SacValley Nursery will offer an online sale Sept. 23-25 with pickup from the nursery on Sunday, Oct. 1.

Also on Saturday, Sept. 16, Soil Born hosts its own fall plant sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Its sale features fruit trees, vegetable starts, herbs, succulents and perennial vegetables. “All plants are organically grown with love and selected for the Sacramento area,” says Soil Born.

Need expert advice? Starting at 8 a.m., Soil Born will host a free garden clinic with eight classes and three walking tours. Among the highlights: “Gardening as a Family” (at noon in the Youth Garden) invites the whole family to get their hands dirty and play with plants.

For the full schedule and details

Soil Born Farms' American River Ranch is located at 2140 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova. Admission and parking are free.



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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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