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Garden Checklist: Focus on fall garden during late summer

As summer winds to a close, it’s a perfect time to plant radishes, potatoes, carrots and other vegetables in your garden.
As summer winds to a close, it’s a perfect time to plant radishes, potatoes, carrots and other vegetables in your garden.

During these waning days of summer, it’s time to turn our full attention to fall. 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.

▪  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. 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.

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