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Learn how to start vegetables, flowers from seed

Green Acres offers free seed-starting workshop at all seven locations

So many seed varieties! Learn how to germinate them and get seedlings off to the best start during a Feb. 10 workshop at all seven area Green Acres sites.

So many seed varieties! Learn how to germinate them and get seedlings off to the best start during a Feb. 10 workshop at all seven area Green Acres sites. Kathy Morrison

Here’s a tip for every budget-conscious gardener: What can greatly expand the diversity of your garden while saving a lot of money? Grow plants from seed.
But how do you get those seeds off to a healthy start? Which varieties are easiest to grow? When do you set your baby plants outdoors and how do you assure that they’ll thrive?

Find out at free workshops at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, offered by Green Acres Nursery & Supply.

All seven Green Acres locations will host “Starting from Seed,” part of the chain’s Garden Talk series. Green Acres garden gurus will offer their expert advice on how to get seeds off to their best beginnings, then keep them growing strong.

These workshops will focus on the basics: How to get seeds to sprout and then keep them going. Green Acres staff also will offer tips on which vegetables and flowers are easiest to grow and shortcuts for success. Find out what are the best growing mediums for seed starting and other needs such as light and warmth. Also learn how to avoid seed starting pitfalls such as “damping off.”

No advance registration is necessary; just show up with your questions and the ability to take notes.

Green Acres are located in Sacramento, Auburn, Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom, Rocklin and Roseville.

For details and directions: https://idiggreenacres.com/.

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For week of Feb. 18:

It's wet to start the week. When you do get outside, between or after storms, concentrate on damage control:

* Keep storm drains and gutters clear of debris.

* Clean up tree debris knocked down by wind and rain.

* Where did the water flow in your garden? Make notes where revisions are necessary.

* Are any trees leaning? See disturbances in the ground or lawn around their base? Time to call an arborist before the tree topples.

* Dump excess water out of pots.

* Indoors, start peppers, tomatoes and eggplant from seed.

* Lettuce and other greens also can be started indoors from seed.

* Got bare-root plants? Put their roots in a bucket of water until outdoor soil dries out. Or pot them up in 1- or 5-gallon containers. In April, transplant the plant, rootball and all, into the garden.

* Browse garden websites and catalogs. It’s not too late to order for spring and summer.

* Show your indoor plants some love. Dust leaves and mist to refresh.

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