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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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It's still not warm enough to transplant tomatoes directly in the ground, but we’re getting there.

* April is the last chance to plant citrus trees such as dwarf orange, lemon and kumquat. These trees also look good in landscaping and provide fresh fruit in winter.

* Smell orange blossoms? Feed citrus trees with a low dose of balanced fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) during bloom to help set fruit. Keep an eye out for ants.

* Apply slow-release fertilizer to the lawn.

* Thoroughly clean debris from the bottom of outdoor ponds or fountains.

* Spring brings a flush of rapid growth, and that means your garden needs nutrients. Fertilize shrubs and trees with a slow-release fertilizer. Or mulch with a 1-inch layer of compost.

* Azaleas and camellias looking a little yellow? If leaves are turning yellow between the veins, give them a boost with chelated iron.

* Trim dead flowers but not leaves from spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. Those leaves gather energy to create next year's flowers. Also, give the bulbs a fertilizer boost after bloom.

* Pinch chrysanthemums back to 12 inches for fall flowers. Cut old stems to the ground.

* Mulch around plants to conserve moisture and control weeds.

* From seed, plant beans, beets, cantaloupes, carrots, corn, cucumbers, melons, radishes and squash.

* Plant onion sets.

* In the flower garden, plant seeds for asters, cosmos, celosia, marigolds, salvia, sunflowers and zinnias.

* Transplant petunias, zinnias, geraniums and other summer bloomers.

* Plant perennials and dahlia tubers for summer bloom.

* Mid to late April is about the last chance to plant summer bulbs, such as gladiolus and tuberous begonias.

* Transplant lettuce seedlings. Choose varieties that mature quickly such as loose leaf.

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