Scatter seeds for California poppies (Eschscholzia californica, Zones 6–10) before the winter rains set in.
Clean up fallen leaves and debris from around fruit trees. Mulch the bases of fruit trees well with a layer of compost or well-composted manure.
Clean up beneath roses (Rosa spp. and cvs., Zones 3-9). Monitor for disease and pest problems.
Begin a fungicidal spray program for your dormant peaches (Prunus persica cv., Zones 5–8) and nectarines (Prunus persica var. nectarina, Zones 5–8).
Plant a cover crop such as fava beans in any empty vegetable beds.
Mulch perennial beds with a 3- to 4-inch layer of nutrient-rich compost.
Fionuala Campion is the owner and manager of Cottage Gardens of Petaluma in Petaluma, California.
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