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Garden checklist: Remember to follow up with post-storm chores

Rain may be rare but still requires some chores.
Rain may be rare but still requires some chores. Sacramento Bee file

Are you ready for rain? We’ve had so much drought we’ve almost forgotten what to do before and after a storm. No. 1: Don’t let water sit. The weather is still warm enough for mosquitoes to breed in those little puddles. Empty saucers under potted plants (onto other plants that need that moisture), then put those saucers away for winter. (Plants don’t want to sit in water, either.)

If you used buckets to collect rainwater, transfer it to containers that can be closed (such as recycled 1-gallon plastic jugs) to prevent mosquito or other bug issues. If rain is in the forecast or after a storm, turn off your irrigation systems. Every drop still counts.

Elsewhere in the garden:

▪  November is ideal for planting perennials, shrubs and trees. The ground is soft enough to get to work. It’s also prime time for moving plants.

▪  Plant daffodils, tulips, hyacinths and other spring-blooming bulbs now. To extend the blooms in March and April, stagger your bulb planting throughout November.

▪  Mulch flower and perennial beds. Cover spring-flowering bulb beds with mulch, too.

▪  Watch out for snails and slugs. They’ll attack new transplants. Hand-pick them at night before they chow down.

▪  Plant garlic and onions; they’ll be ready in late spring or summer.

▪  Transplant cool-weather vegetables such as lettuce, cabbage and kale.

▪  Transplant cool-weather bedding plants including calendula, pansy, snapdragon, primrose and viola.

▪  Get out and enjoy your garden during warm days; there won’t be many more this year.

Debbie Arrington

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