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Fall Gardening Tips For San Diego

Above: A San Diego garden featuring California native plants. Plants include Coast Live Oak, Toyon, Western Red Bud, J. Dourley Manzanita, Deergrass, Prostrate Chamise, Cleveland Sage.

Aired 10/28/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

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Nan Sterman, garden designer, author, botanist, and host of the KPBS television series "A Growing Passion,"

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San Diego's climate is rare. With its hot, dry summers and mild wet winters, San Diego enjoys a Mediterranean climate that can only be found in a few parts of the world.

Nan Sterman, garden designer, author, botanist, and host of the KPBS television series "A Growing Passion," said most people aren’t aware that Fall is the best time to plant in our climate.

“The ground is still warm, the air is cool so it’s not as hot and dry,” she said. “Plants have an easier time adapting because they don’t wilt.”

Sterman said fall is the time to plant deciduous fruit trees, shrubs, lavender and anything that’s woody or native to California.

That gives you a lot of options. There are 5,500 native plant species in California, more than any other state.

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