Magazine article Sunset

November: What to Do in Northern California

Magazine article Sunset

November: What to Do in Northern California

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Go shopping

Order fruit trees Purchase fruit trees before sought-after ones sell out. Suppliers include Alden Lane Nursery and Garden Center in Livermore (order through Nov 15; 925/447-0280); Raintree Nursery, near Morton, Washington ( or 360/496-6400); and Yamagami's Nursery in Cupertino (408/252-3347). Look for 'Baby Crawford' peach and 'Black Persian' fruiting mulberry--"to die for," says San Jose edible-garden consultant Nancy Garrison of All Things Edible (408/761-9507).

Plant now

Attract birds Sunset climate zones 7-9, 14-17: To invite birds in fall and winter, plant a seed-or berry-producing tree such as birch, dogwood, hawthorn, or mountain ash. In a small space, pot a Japanese maple or staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina) in a large container.

Force paperwhites Start paperwhite narcissus indoors for holiday decorations and gifts. Set bulbs shoulder to shoulder in a shallow container on a 3-inch bed of pebbles or tumbled glass. Add water to just below the base of the bulbs. Exquisitely fragrant flowers will appear in 4 to 6 weeks.

Grow salad greens Zones 15-17: There's still time to sow seeds of salad mix. Prepare a moist seedbed, or place good, moist potting soil in a large container, and keep well watered. When the little lettuces reach 6 inches tall, cut or tear them off about 2 inches above the soil level and the crowns will produce another crop. Zones 7-9, 14: Plant lettuce seedlings early in the month.

Plant vines Zones 7-9, 14-17: Planted now, vines will develop deep, strong root systems through the rainy season and spread over a fence or arbor more quickly in spring. …

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