Magazine article Sunset

Get Your Greens

Magazine article Sunset

Get Your Greens

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You don't need a large garden to get a season's worth of vegetables. This bed--which measures just 4 feet by 6 feet--provides plenty of room for cool-season crops. The trick to packing them tightly is to regularly harvest outer leaves to encourage adequate air circulation. Include lime green and purple, and textures, like ruffled and flat, for a bed that's as good-looking as it is tasty. Clockwise from left: 'Georgia' collards, 'Purple Choi' bok choy, 'Green Wave' mustard, 'Lacinato' kale, 'Ruby Streaks' mustard, 'Spanish Roja' garlic (for harvest next summer), and 'Viroflay' spinach.


Grow garlic by breaking bulbs apart and planting cloves 3 to 4 inches deep and 5 inches apart. They'll be ready to harvest in early summer.

California natives, such as ceanothus and monkeyflower, are happiest when planted in fall. Even plants with low-water requirements need regular water after planting, so don't let them wither if fall rains are sparse.

Plant crocuses, daffodils, hyacinths, muscari, and tulips. Pot up a dozen mixed bulbs in a container and top with viola plants for a winter-to-spring display.


Especially in wildfire-prone areas, clear dead grass and leaves for 100 feet around your house. …

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