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.