Magazine article Sunset

Your CHECKLIST

Magazine article Sunset

Your CHECKLIST

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ROCKY MOUNTAINS

PLANT

Perk up container plantings with frost-resistant osteospermum. For added protection, cover them when temperatures are forecast to fall below 30°.

Sow spinach. 'Bloomsdale Long Standing' is one of the hardiest varieties; other good options are 'Avon', 'Indian Summer', 'Melody', 'Razzle Dazzle', and 'Tyee'. To protect seedlings from hard frosts, spread straw loosely over the beds.

For easy-care color next spring, plant Siberian squill bulbs. The cheerful little flowers grow in sun or shade and multiply into large colonies within a few years.

Add perennials with foliage that changes color in fall. Our top picks: sunshine yellow Amsonia hubrichtii, brilliant gold butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa), and fiery red Euphorbia dulcís 'Chameleon'.

For a blaze of scarlet in autumn, plant drought-tolerant native skunkbush sumac (Rhus Irilobala), a shrub that reaches 2 to 5 feet tall with edible fruit.

HARVEST

Check summer squash every day to make sure you harvest them while they're small and taste best.

Stop fertilizing and watering potatoes. Dig tubers after the tops die down.

MAINTAIN

To prevent people from slipping, clean up and compost fallen fruit on the driveway and sidewalk. …

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