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What a better reminder for changing the filters in your home's heating-and-cooling system than tonight's setting of clocks to an hour earlier?

Home and garden checklist

Published: Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 8CALIFORNIA LIFE

HOME CHECKLIST

Is it that time already? Get set to fall back to Pacific Standard Time – and gain an hour.

Before going to bed tonight, turn back the clocks. Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday. That's when we officially switch back to Pacific Standard Time and get back the hour we lost in March.

Use this semiannual ritual as a reminder to take care of other household chores:

• Change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide monitors.

• Change the filters in home heating systems.

You'll save energy and money, too – and sleep better during your extra hour.


GARDEN CHECKLIST

• November in Sacramento is the ideal time to transplant groundcover plants as well as small evergreen trees and shrubs. Fall weather also is perfect for planting most perennials.

• Speaking of perennials, divide and replant overcrowded agapanthus, daylilies and Shasta daisies.

• In the vegetable garden, plant from seed fava beans, bok choy, Swiss chard, garlic, leaf lettuce, mustard, onion sets, radicchio, radishes, shallots and spinach.

• Set out transplants of broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, fennel, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce and peas.

• For spring flowers, plant California poppies, cornflower, larkspur, scabiosa and sweet peas.

• Plant daffodils, Dutch iris and other spring bulbs.

– Debbie Arrington

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