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    Swiss chard is closely related to the beet family.

Home and garden checklist

Published: Saturday, Mar. 9, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 9CALIFORNIA LIFE


Where did the time go? You'll lose an hour tonight. How? Turn that clock forward!

Daylight saving time starts at 2 a.m. Sunday. Remember to set your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed. We'll be on daylight time until Nov. 3, when we "fall back" to standard time.

Use this seasonal reminder to check household safety products. Change the batteries in your smoke alarms and other safety systems. Install a carbon monoxide monitor if you haven't already.

To save energy and improve indoor air quality, change the filters in your home's heating and air conditioning system. Most systems recommend monthly filter changes; others require changing every 90 days or six months. To help keep track, write the date on the filter before you install it – and another note on the calendar.


Early March isn't quite spring, but it's getting close. In the vegetable garden, plant seed for beets, carrots, celeriac, celery, collards, endive, fennel, jicama, kale, leaf lettuce, mustard, peas, potatoes, radish, spinach, Swiss chard and turnips.

In the greenhouse or indoors, start seed for summer and winter squash, peppers, eggplant and tomatoes. They'll be ready to transplant in late April or May.

For spring and summer flowers, plant seed for aster, cornflower, cosmos, larkspur, nasturium, nicotiana, peri- winkle, portulaca, rudbeckia, salvia, snapdragon, verbena and zinnia.

Feed roses and other spring-flowering shrubs, so they can get off to a fast start.

Pull weeds now! Get them while they're small.

– Debbie Arrington

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