Magazine article Sunset

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Magazine article Sunset

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GARDEN WE LOVE

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.

* PREP

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

* PLANT

Sow seeds of lettuce, peas, and radishes.

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

* MAINTAIN

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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