September usually features some of Sacramento’s best gardening weather of the year. While Labor Day represents the end of summer, it’s time to plant for fall. Warm soil gets seedlings off to a quick start. Remember: They’ll need water, too.
▪ 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.
▪ There’s room for flowers, too. Sow seeds of California poppies, clarkia and African daisies. Transplant cool-weather annuals such as pansies, violas, fairy primroses, cyclamen, calendulas, stocks and snapdragons.
▪ Before planting, cultivate and add compost to the soil to replenish its nutrients for fall and winter vegetables and flowers.