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Northern California Regional Reports

Northern California: November Garden To-Do List

Scatter California poppy seeds. Photo: Rachel Young

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.

rose bush with black spot
Clean up your rose bushes, and look out for disease like this black spot. Photo: Diana Koehm

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).

fava beans
Fava beans make a good cover crop for empty veggie garden beds. Photo: Fionuala Campion

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.

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Add some compost to your garden beds. Photo: Carol Collins

Fionuala Campion is the owner and manager of Cottage Gardens of Petaluma in Petaluma, California.

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