Magazine article Sunset

Your Checklist

Magazine article Sunset

Your Checklist

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PLANT

Instead of thirsty annuals, use colorful low-water plants along a border. One of our favorite combos; powder blue Euphorbia 'Blue Haze', lime green Carex os/iimensis 'Everillo', and compact succulents.

It's not too late to sow seeds of beans, corn, and squash for harvesting late summer into fall. In the Test Garden, we like heirloom 'Hopi Blue' corn, which can be eaten as sweet corn when young or left on the stalk (its deep cobalt kernels are highly ornamental). Available through territorialseed.com.

Plant low-water bloomers such as gaillardia, lavender, penstemon, salvia, and yarrow for color from now through fall.

HARVEST

Pick cucumbers while they're small. Slicing varieties are best at 6 to 8 inches long.

MAINTAIN

Prioritize water use in your garden even if it means making tough decisions. The water saved by letting a lawn go brown can be enough to grow summer edibles and save costly specimen trees.

Conserve water by hooking up smart controllers to your drip-irrigation system that adjust the frequency of watering based on soil moisture and weather. …

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