Magazine article Sunset

September: What to Do in Northern California

Magazine article Sunset

September: What to Do in Northern California

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COMPOST Gather faded annual flower and vegetable plants (chopping up big ones like tomatoes), and add them to your compost pile. Throw away diseased material, thick stems, and rootballs.

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PLANT DAFFODILS Lucy Tolmach, director of horticulture for Filoli House and Garden in Woodside (filoli.org), recommends fragrant 'Falconet' or 'February Gold' for containers, and white 'Inbal' or 'Mount Hood' for planting where yellow doesn't work. Sources include Brent and Becky's Bulbs (brentand beckysbulbs.com or 877/661-2852).

Renew mulch To keep soil cool and protect plants in this hot month, spread organic mulch up to 4 inches thick on beds. Keep it from directly touching trunks and crowns of plants.

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Tough beauties More than 70 hardy plants, including African daisy (Arctotis, shown), thrive in a Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County demo plot that's irrigated only every three weeks. See the full plant list at master gardeners.org/plantdictionary

EVERBEARING RASPBERRIES

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Soak plants weekly until canes finish fruiting. …

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