Magazine article Sunset

Your Checklist

Magazine article Sunset

Your Checklist

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PLANT

Sow seeds of cucumber, melon, and squash directly in the soil. If your garden space is limited, go vertical; many varieties will climb on a trellis, or, in a pinch, a large tomato cage.

Plant seedlings of eggplants, peppers, and tomatoes. In cooler coastal areas, where many bell peppers struggle, try sweet varieties such as 'Ace' or orange 'California Wonder'.

Set out tuberous begonias in a pot on a patio. Their huge, eye-popping flowers are a far cry from the typical annual bedding begonias. These tender plants, which can have ruffled yellow, pink, red, or white flowers, do best in filtered shade with evenly moist soil. Find at local nurseries or White Flower Farm (white flowerfarm.com).

MAINTAIN

Prune past-their-prime roses that bloom only once each spring, such as 'Cecile Brunner' and Lady Banks. Take off up to one-third of the plant; it will establish next year's flowering wood all summer.

Once camellias finish blooming, prune them. Rather than shearing the bushes into geometric shapes, cut branches individually to let in light and air. …

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