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Learn how to make a succulent pumpkin centerpiece

Saturday workshops offered at five Green Acres locations

Here's an example of the pumpkin centerpiece that will be taught during Saturday's workshop.

Here's an example of the pumpkin centerpiece that will be taught during Saturday's workshop. Courtesy Green Acres Nursery & Supply

Add a little pumpkin spice to your holiday decorations with a succulent-filled pumpkin centerpiece.

Learn how Saturday, Oct. 21, at classes offered at Green Acres Nursery & Supply.

The 10 a.m. workshop will be held at five Green Acres locations: Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom, Rocklin and Roseville.

Class fee is $30 plus tax and includes all materials and instructions. Space is limited; register online here:

Our experienced garden gurus will lead you through the process of crafting a fall-inspired succulent pumpkin centerpiece,” says Green Acres. “Assemble a variety of succulents and decorative moss on top of a large specialty pumpkin while our experts share how to care for it.”

The participating Green Acres are located at: 6128 San Juan Ave., Citrus Heights; 9220 E. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove; 205 Serpa Way, Folsom; 5436 Crossings Drive, Rocklin; and 7300 Galilee Road, Roseville.

Green Acres also has a huge selection of pumpkins in more than a dozen varieties. Find a patch at each location.

In addition to the Succulent Pumpkin class, the Green Acres in Roseville is hosting the annual Sierra Foothills Rose Society show. Featuring exhibition roses, rose photography and artistic arrangements, this large show will feature hundreds of roses at their fall peak of bloom. It’s open to the public from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Admission is 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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