Happy autumn! The new season officially starts Monday, but why wait to celebrate? Dig into your garden chores and plant for fall.
• Plant cool-season vegetables such as bok choy, spinach, peas, radishes, carrots and lettuce; the warm ground will get these fall crops off to a fast start.
• Transplant seedlings for cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and kale.
• Sow California poppy seeds for a golden spring.
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• Transplant cool-weather annuals such as calendula, cyclamen, fairy primroses, pansies and violas.
• Cultivate and add compost to the soil for fall and winter vegetables and annuals.
• Dig, divide and replant overgrown perennials after they finish blooming. Weed and amend flower beds before replanting.
• Divide and replant bulbs and rhizomes. Pay attention to your bearded iris; they like to be divided and replanted every three years.
• Put tulip and hyacinth bulbs in the refrigerator for six weeks before planting. Bulbs chilled now will be ready to plant in mid-November. While chilling bulbs, keep apples out of the refrigerator; the fruit releases ethylene gas that may rot the bulbs.