November was made for digging. Recent rain has softened the soil, making it easier to dig up and move plants both big and small. And the weather is just right – not too hot, not too cold – for those plants to get adjusted to their new locations. And they’ll love the warm soil; it makes them want to spread out their roots and make themselves at home.
In Sacramento, this month is the ideal time to transplant ground covers and perennials as well as small evergreen trees and shrubs.
▪ Speaking of perennials, a little attention now pays big dividends next spring and summer. Divide and replant overcrowded agapanthus, daylilies and Shasta daisies. Share some root divisions with friends and neighbors.
▪ In the vegetable garden, plant from seed fava beans, bok choy, Swiss chard, garlic, leaf lettuce, mustard, onion sets, radicchio, radishes, shallots and spinach.
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▪ 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. Stagger your plantings to extend your bloom time next spring. Don’t forget to plant the tulips you have chilling in the refrigerator; after six weeks in the fridge, they’re ready to go in the ground.