• Start the fall vegetable garden. Plant onions, lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots and potatoes directly into vegetable beds.
• Transplant cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower, as well as lettuce seedlings.
• Sow seeds of California poppies, clarkia and African daisies.
• Transplant cool-weather annuals such as pansies, violas, fairy primroses, calendulas, stocks and snapdragons.
• When it’s hot, make sure your garden is well hydrated. Water in the early morning or evening. Pay extra attention to plants in containers. Give plants a drink before they wilt (especially those tender transplants).
• Keep harvesting tomatoes, peppers, squash, melons and eggplant. Avoid the temptation to grow zucchini baseball bats; pick small to keep the plant producing.
• To prevent the spread of brown rot and other problems, clean up debris around fruit trees. Pick up dropped fruit.
• After cleaning up, feed fruit trees for better production next year.
• For more summer blooms, feed begonias, fuchsias, annuals and container plants with fertilizer high in phosphate. Always water plants before feeding.
— Debbie Arrington