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Fall gives garden fresh start

September was made for gardening – at least in California. The temperate weather is ideal for planting a fall and/or winter vegetable garden, renovating flower and perennial beds and enjoying the nice autumn days outdoors.

• Start by taking care of your soil. Its nutrient level may be depleted by summer crops and flowers. Cultivate and add compost to the soil for fall and winter vegetables and annuals.

•  Now that you’ve helped your soil, start new crops. Plant onions, lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots and potatoes.

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

• In the flower garden, plant seeds of California poppies, clarkia and African daisies.

• Transplant cool-weather annuals such as calendulas, cyclamen, fairy primroses, pansies and violas.

• Fertilize deciduous fruit trees.

• 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 prior to planting.

Debbie Arrington