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Garden checklist: November is made for planting

Agapanthus should be divided and replanted.
Agapanthus should be divided and replanted. Bigstock

Happy November! Now, go out and dig.

This month is the ideal time to transplant ground cover plants in Sacramento as well as small evergreen trees and shrubs. Fall weather also is perfect for planting most perennials.

Your new transplants will love the warm soil; it makes them want to spread out their roots and make themselves at home.

▪ A little attention to perennials 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.

▪ 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.

Debbie Arrington

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