Technically, we’re still in summer, but nature has already made plants – and us – feel like fall. During these waning summer days, it’s time to turn our full attention to autumn. In the garden, that means making time for renewal as well as some fresh starts.
▪ Cultivate and add compost to the soil for fall and winter vegetables and annuals.
▪ In the vegetable garden, plant onions, lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots and potatoes.
▪ Transplant lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower seedlings.
▪ In the flower garden, plant from seed such favorites as California poppies, clarkia and African daisies.
▪ Transplant cool-weather annuals such as calendulas, cyclamen, fairy primroses, pansies and violas. They’ll bloom by November and brighten up the winter garden.
▪ Fertilize deciduous fruit trees. Give them a deep watering before feeding to avoid fertilizer burn.
▪ Dig, divide and replant overgrown perennials after they finish blooming. Weed and amend flower beds before replanting.
▪ Put tulip and hyacinth bulbs in the refrigerator for six weeks before planting. Bulbs chilled now will be ready to plant in late October. Don’t store bulbs with apples or pears; the fruit will cause the bulbs to rot.