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The Secret Garden hosts 'Small Business' celebration

Open house Nov. 25 kicks off holiday shopping season

The Khal family -- Sabrina, Jasmine, Vic and Jen -- welcomes patrons to The Secret Garden in Elk Grove.

The Khal family -- Sabrina, Jasmine, Vic and Jen -- welcomes patrons to The Secret Garden in Elk Grove. Courtesy The Secret Garden

While gearing up for holiday shopping, remember your friends at neighborhood nurseries and garden stores.

That includes The Secret Garden in Elk Grove. They’ll kick off their holiday season – not on Black Friday, but the day after. The popular garden store and nursery will host a holiday open house on Saturday, Nov. 25.

On Saturday, November 25th, come celebrate Small Business Saturday with us,” posted the Khal family, which owns and operates The Secret Garden. “We're a small, family-owned business that has been serving the community since 2002! The store is filled with fabulous, unique gifts and it's a great opportunity to show your support for one of your favorite small, local businesses while getting some of your holiday shopping done.”

Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Secret Garden will offer several special activities including a free scavenger hunt for children, complimentary hot beverages and doughnuts (until noon) and free collectible stickers (with a $25 purchase). The event also officially opens the nursery’s Christmas tree lot, which will soon be filled with fresh-cut trees.

The Secret Garden is renowned for its selection of succulents, pottery and garden décor. It’s located at 8450 W. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove, next to Highway 99.

Details and directions: https://www.secretgarden-online.com/.

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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.

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* 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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