It's spring! Time to get to work. Dig manure and compost into vegetable beds and let it mellow for two weeks before planting.
Are your composted beds already "mellow"? In the vegetable garden, plant seeds for beets, carrots celery, Swiss chard, endive, fennel, jicama, leaf lettuce, mustard, radishes and turnips.
In the flower garden, plant aster, celosia, cosmos, larkspur, nasturtium, nicotiana, portulaca, salvia, snapdragon, verbena and zinnia.
Weed, weed, weed. Get them out before they go to seed. According to local master gardeners, the most common weeds in Sacramento County during early spring: filaree, wild geranium, bedstraw and such annual grasses as foxtail, barley, wild oats and bluegrass.
Instead of pulling weeds, use a sharp hoe. Cut the weeds off just under the root crown; aim for about a half-inch below soil level. That method disturbs soil less than pulling weeds and keeps new seed from migrating to the surface where it can sprout.
Protect early, warm-weather transplants with plastic two- liter soda bottles or 1-gallon jugs. Cut off the bottom and leave the top open.