Garden checklist: Happy change of season — now get to work!

Published: Friday, Sep. 20, 2013 - 7:01 pm

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

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