Get ready for a new season — and more to come. Fall officially starts Sunday. The warm ground will get cool-weather crops off to a fast start.
• After you pull out the remains of the summer garden, cultivate and add compost to the soil for fall and winter vegetables and annuals.
• Plant seeds for bok choy, spinach, peas, radishes, carrots and lettuce.
• Transplant seedlings for cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce and kale.
• Sow California poppy seeds for a golden spring.
• For the flower garden, transplant cool-weather annuals such as calendula, cyclamen, fairy primroses, pansies and violas.
• Dig, divide and replant overgrown perennials after they finish blooming. Weed and amend flower beds before replanting.
• Divide and replant bulbs and rhizomes.
• Put tulip and hyacinth bulbs in the refrigerator for six weeks before planting. Bulbs chilled now will be ready to plant in mid-November. While chilling bulbs, keep apples out of the refrigerator; the fruit releases ethylene gas that may rot the bulbs.
• Sow a new lawn or reseed bare spots.
— Debbie Arrington