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OCCIDENTAL: Get ready for fall garden

Can fall planting possibly be close?

Yes. And the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center will help you get ahead of the game with two weekends of plant sales Aug. 16 and 17 and Aug. 23 and 24.

The center will offer hundreds of open-pollinated, heirloom and rare varieties of fall and winter crops — all California Certified Organic.

Stock up on heirloom brassicas like broccoli and cauliflower, greens, mustards, chards, fennel, leeks, onions, scallions and herbs, as well as edible flowers. Also select from a big array of ornamental and edible perennials. Everything is propagated on site.

For a complete list of available plants or for more information visit oaec.org. Plant sales will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free one-hour tours of the gardens offered at 1 p.m. each Sunday of the sales. 15290 Coleman Valley Road, Occidental. 874-1557, ext. 103.

SANTA ROSA: Food garden workshop

Learn the basics of fall food gardening during a free workshop Aug. 16 at the Harvest for the Hungry garden.

Led by the Sonoma County Master Gardeners, the workshop will take an A to Z approach, covering everything from garden location and options for planting beds to soil components and amendments, working the soil, crop selection and irrigation. They also will have handouts with sample garden layouts, suggested varieties for Sonoma County and best planting dates for various crops.

No registration is required. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 1717 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa. For more information call 484-3613 or email mgsonomafood@ucdavis.edu.

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