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California poppies line a path at a front yard in Novato.

Transition garden from summer to fall

Published: Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 - 12:00 am

Labor Day weekend is a time of garden transition. The calendar may say it’s still summer, but it’s time to plant for fall. Warm soil gets seedlings off to a quick start.

•  Plant onions, lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots and potatoes directly into the vegetable beds.

•  Transplant cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower, as well as lettuce seedlings.

• Keep harvesting tomatoes, peppers, squash, melons and eggplant to stretch out the summer harvest for a few more weeks.

• Sow seeds of California poppies, clarkia and African daisies. Transplant cool-weather annuals such as pansies, violas, fairy primroses, cyclamen, calendulas, stocks and snapdragons.

• Divide and replant bearded iris and other rhizomes and bulbs. Also, divide and replant perennials such as Shasta daisies.

• Do your camellias look peaked? Gary Schanz of the Camellia Society of Sacramento said that club members have received calls this summer from gardeners who complain “how pale their camellia plants look,” he said. “Iron is one thing that comes to mind.” The iron shortage may have been complicated by the drought and a series of dry winters. But the shrubs can bounce back. After deep watering your camellias, feed them some chelated iron to restore their dark green foliage.

Debbie Arrington

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