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Shepard Center hosts annual Fall Sale

More than 30 clubs and vendors will offer wide range of plants, crafts and garden stuff

Looking for an unusual addition to your garden? Mad Man Bamboo Nursery of Rocklin will offer unusual non-invasive bamboos at Shepard Center's Fall Sale.

Looking for an unusual addition to your garden? Mad Man Bamboo Nursery of Rocklin will offer unusual non-invasive bamboos at Shepard Center's Fall Sale. Mad Man Bamboo Nursery

Need more plants or garden stuff? Or how about a new hobby? Or are you looking for expert garden or crafts advice?

Get all that and much more at the annual Fall Sale at Shepard Garden and Arts Center. On Oct. 7 and 8, the clubs that call Shepard home will offer a wide selection of plants, books, materials, tools and creations.

The sale is as varied as the individual clubs, from African violets to perennials and ceramics to weaving. Expect to find all sorts of stuff for growing things plus plants, flowers, garden art, jewelry, ceramics, textiles, art and more. Hungry? There will be food, too.

In addition, patrons can get tools sharpened in exchange for a donation. It’s time to get pruners and loppers ready for winter pruning.

Another interesting service: Hole drilling. Want to turn a container into a suitable planter? Here’s your chance to get holes drilled in pots, also for a donation.

The sale is not limited to clubs. More than 30 clubs and vendors are expected including several popular local plant sellers such as Mad Man Bamboo Nursery and its specialty bamboos.

Besides raising funds for clubs, the combined sale represents a chance to introduce Sacramento-based organizations to prospective members.

Each participating club will staff a table of volunteers who can offer advice on their areas of expertise such as plant recommendations or care. It’s also an opportunity to get to know about these local organizations and what they have to offer.

Fall Sale hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission and parking are free.

Shepard Center is located at 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento.

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Temperatures will be a bit higher than normal in the afternoons this week. Take care of chores early in the day – then enjoy the afternoon. It’s time to smell the roses.

* Plant, plant, plant! It’s prime planting season in the Sacramento area. If you haven’t already, it’s time to set out those tomato transplants along with peppers and eggplants. Pinch off any flowers on new transplants to make them concentrate on establishing roots instead of setting premature fruit.

* Direct-seed melons, cucumbers, summer squash, corn, radishes, pumpkins and annual herbs such as basil.

* Harvest cabbage, lettuce, peas and green onions.

* In the flower garden, direct-seed sunflowers, cosmos, salvia, zinnias, marigolds, celosia and asters.

* Plant dahlia tubers. Other perennials to set out include verbena, coreopsis, coneflower and astilbe.

* Transplant petunias, marigolds and perennial flowers such as astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia and verbena.

* Keep an eye out for slugs, snails, earwigs and aphids that want to dine on tender new growth.

* Feed summer bloomers with a balanced fertilizer.

* For continued bloom, cut off spent flowers on roses as well as other flowering plants.

* Don’t forget to water. Seedlings need moisture. Deep watering will help build strong roots and healthy plants.

* Add mulch to the garden to help keep that precious water from evaporating. Mulch also cuts down on weeds. But don’t let it mound around the stems or trunks of trees or shrubs. Leave about a 6-inch to 1-foot circle to avoid crown rot or other problems.

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