• September ranks among the best months to garden in Sacramento. Take advantage of pleasant weather, especially in the morning, and renew your garden for the seasons ahead.
• Compost annuals and vegetable crops that have finished producing. If plants are diseased, discard them instead of composting; otherwise, you’ll be recycling problems back into your garden.
• Cultivate and add compost to the soil to replenish its nutrients for fall and winter vegetables and flowers.
• Plant onions, lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots and potatoes.
• In the flower garden, sow seeds for California poppies. Transplant cool weather annuals such as viola, pansy, fairy primrose, calendula, cyclamen, stock and snapdragon.
• Fertilize deciduous fruit trees such as peaches and plums.
• Sow a new lawn or seed bare spots. Consider replacing lawn with perennials or other low-water plants.
• Dig, divide and replant overgrown perennials such as daylilies and Shasta daisies as they finish blooming. Divide and replant bearded irises. Before replanting, weed and amend the flower beds with compost or other organic fertilizer.
— Debbie Arrington