Not too late to plant a winter vegetable garden

Too late to grow vegetables? Not in Sacramento! Take a break from holiday hoopla and work on your winter garden.

•  Transplant asparagus roots along with seedlings for bok choy, kale and leaf lettuce.

•  Seed directly into garden beds fava beans, broccoli, mustard, radicchio and radishes. Also, plant onion sets and garlic.

• Bare-root season has begun. Besides fruit trees and rose bushes, plant dormant cane berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb.

• Start indoors early spring annuals such as aster, calendula, cornflower and cosmos.

• Outdoors, add color to the garden with calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies and primroses.

• Seeds for California poppy and echinacea can be planted directly in the garden for spring flowers.

• Time to take tulips out of the fridge and put them into the ground. Also plant such spring-flowering bulbs as daffodils, callas and Dutch iris (no pre-chilling necessary).

– Debbie Arrington