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Get a jump on fall, plant colorful cool-weather flowers

Late August is ideal for adding mums and other fall-blooming flowers to the Sacramento garden.
Late August is ideal for adding mums and other fall-blooming flowers to the Sacramento garden.

Get in the mood for fall with a change of scenery in your garden. Add some autumn color now and enjoy it for months to come.

Consider planting some mums, asters, zinnias, celosia or other fall bloomers. Now also is a good time to shop for fall-blooming water-wise perennials.

▪ Think about spring, too. Scatter wildflower seeds for blooms next March and April. If we have another wet winter, they’ll be all set for success.

▪ In the vegetable garden, plant onions, lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots and potatoes directly into vegetable beds.

▪ Indoors, start seedlings for winter favorites including cabbage, broccoli, kale and lettuce.

▪ Prune apricot and cherry trees now for better fruit production next spring.

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