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