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March: What to Do in Northern California

Magazine article Sunset

March: What to Do in Northern California

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Grow pea shoots

Start seeds of a bush variety. When plants reach 8 inches tall, snip the top leaves, and continue harvesting the tips every few weeks. Try the heirloom variety 'Dwarf Grey Sugar', available from Bountiful Gardens (bountifulgardens.org or 707/459-6410).

EDIBLE GARDENING BOOK Find creative ways to add fruit, veggies, and herbs to your garden in Edible Landscaping (Sierra Club Books, 2010; $40), by pioneering designer Rosalind Creasy. The book's packed with advice on growing and has photos on nearly every page.

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LAWNS As spring arrives, rake them deeply to remove dead thatch, fertilize lightly, spread seed over bare patches, and pull dandelions and crab-grass before they spread.

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Flowering cherries

See trees in bloom and get ideas for varieties to plant in your garden at Hakone Estate & Gardens (www.hakone. us or 408/741-4594) near Saratoga. Early species generally flower mid-month. You can also take the class Pruning Japanese Gardens in Spring (Mar 12; $35).

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START COOL-SEASON GREENS

Add compost to soil and plant seeds or seedlings of Swiss chard, collards, kale, and mustard while the weather is cool. …

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