Magazine article Sunset

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Magazine article Sunset

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Edible Explosion

A CREATIVE USE of vegetables makes this garden at Stone Edge Farm in Sonoma as striking as any flower bed. Deep purple 'Dark Opal' basil and golden Bidens blooms form a colorful border that's also a beacon for pollinators. Yellow 'Gypsy' peppers add a pop of color amid the green, while trellises give the space a casual sense of structure.


Photograph your favorite perennial gardens and plant arrangements so you can refer to them when you begin fall planting.


Sow seeds of lettuce, peas, and radishes.

For color that will last into fall, plant asters, chrysanthemums, coreopsis, gauras, rudbeckids, and sages.


Pull up spent summer veggies and amend the soil by digging in 4 inches of compost.

Resist the temptation to overwater native plants; otherwise, they can succumb to root rot, a deadly fungus for plants.

Water any newly planted citrus trees twice a week in summer, and more frequently during hot spells. Give trees planted within lawns a good, deep watering. The best way to do so is with a deep-root irrigator: Attach it to a hose, insert it 6 to 12 inches into the soil beneath the dripline of the tree, and turn the water on gently for 5 to 10 minutes, depending on tree size. …

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