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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.

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For week of Nov. 26:

Concentrate on helping your garden stay comfortable during these frosty nights – and clean up all those leaves!

* Irrigate frost-tender plants such as citrus in the late afternoon. That extra soil moisture increases temperatures around the plant a few degrees, just enough to prevent frost damage. The exception are succulents; too much water before frost can cause them to freeze.

* Cover sensitive plants before the sun goes down. Use cloth sheets or frost cloths, not plastic sheeting, to hold in warmth. Make sure to remove covers in the morning.

* Use fall leaves as mulch around shrubs and vegetables. Mulch acts as a blanket and keeps roots warmer.

* Stop dead-heading; let rose hips form on bushes to prompt dormancy.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs.

* Clean and sharpen garden tools before storing for the winter.

* Brighten the holidays with winter bloomers such as poinsettias, amaryllis, calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies and primroses.

* Keep poinsettias in a sunny, warm location – and definitely indoors overnight. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they’ll bloom again next December.

* Rake and remove dead leaves and stems from dormant perennials.

* Plant spring bulbs. Don’t forget the tulips chilling in the refrigerator. Daffodils can be planted without pre-chilling.

* This is also a good time to seed wildflowers and plant such spring bloomers as sweet peas, sweet alyssum and bachelor buttons.

* Plant trees and shrubs. They’ll benefit from fall and winter rains while establishing their roots.

* Set out cool-weather annuals such as pansies and snapdragons.

* Lettuce, cabbage and broccoli also can be planted now.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Bare-root season begins now. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb.

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