Top three garden lists

Posted on April 12, 2016 by Sonoma Valley Sun

Five Easy-to-Grow Spring Veggies

  • Sugar or Snap Peas – Start from seed or buy six-packs from the nursery. Harvest in 60-70 days.
  • Radishes – Start from seed. Harvest in 30 days.
  • Lettuces – Use six-packs. Harvest in 45-80 days. Bolt easily, so get them in the ground now.
  • Beets – From seed to harvest in 60 days.
  • Swiss chard – From seed to harvest in 40-60 days. Six-packs are faster.

Five Colorful California Native Plants

 These water wise, habitat friendly plants can be installed now for late spring and summer blossoms.

  • Blue Bedder – Penstemon heterophyllus “Margarita BOP” or “Blue Springs.” Blue flowers.
  • Pink Yarrow – Achillea millefolium “ Island Pink.” Pink flowers.
  • California Fuchsia – Epilobium spp. Many cultivars. Orangy-red flowers.
  • Sea Side Daisy – Erigeron “Wayne Roderick” – hybrid for inland regions. Lavender flowers.
  • Sulphur Buckwheat – Eriogonum umbellatum var. polyanthum “Shasta Sulphur.” Yellow flowers.

 My Five favorite Gardening Tools

  • Felco Pruners F6 – F6 hand pruners are ideal for smaller hands. Great ergonomic design.
  • Hori Hori Knife – A great combination knife-trowel tool for digging small holes, cutting weed roots, and transferring seedlings.
  • Hula Hoe — A hoe with a stirrup shaped end and an oscillating blade. Great for decapitating weeds in gravel paths.
  • Tub Trugs – A lightweight recycled rubber lugging tub for hauling bark, tools, weeds, etc.
  • Atlas Nitril 370 gardening gloves — Comfortable. Inexpensive. Breathable.

— Karen Boness, Sun Gardening Editor


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