What to do in Northern California.
Plant a long-lived tree Sunset climate zones 7-9, 14-17: In a large garden, try a dawn redwood, which could eventually reach go feet tall. In a smaller space, grow a narrow European beech (Fagus sylvatica 'Fastigiata'). Find many choices at the San Francisco Botanical Garden plant sale (10-1 Nov 14; sfbotanicalgarden.org or 415/661-3090).
PROTECT SUCCULENTS Set stakes around nonhardy kinds, and place a lightweight fabric, such as a bedsheet or row cover, over the stakes during light frosts. In areas of hard frost, bring the plants indoors.
WREATH-MAKING CLASSES Choose from 30 kinds of Full Belly Farm's organically grown flowers to weave into a holiday wreath. Farmer Dru Rivers will teach a class at Common Ground Organic Garden Supply and Education Center in Palo Alto (2-4 Nov 7; $50, including materials; reservations required; common groundinpaloalto.org or 650/493-6072) and at the farm in the Capay Valley (11-3 Nov 11; $30, including materials; reservations required; fullbellyfarm.com or 530/796-2214).
Veggie bed care Zones 7-9,14-17: Pull weeds, apply an organic fertilizer (if you didn't use a controlled-release one), and irrigate when it's not raining.
APPLE TREES Trees of Antiquity (treesofantiquity.com or 805/467-9909) offers many heirloom varieties. 'Wickson' is the favorite of nursery owner Neil Collins. In a tight space, espalier the trees, or plant three per hole.
CONTROL PEACH LEAF CURL On a dry, calm day after leaves have fallen, spray all parts of peach and nectarine trees, from trunk to stem tips, with lime sulfur.
For a superbly showy gift, give Hippeastrum bulbs planted (indoors) in an attractive pot. Shoots will appear in a few weeks, and trumpet-shaped flowers will follow in five to eight weeks.
START A NATIVE-EVERGREEN SCREEN Zones 7-9, 14-17: Plant toyon, with flowers and berries that attract bees and birds, for a dense shrub 6 to 10 feet tall, or try coffeeberry (Rhamnus californica), which reaches 15 feet tall. Both tolerate draught once established.
Adjust automatic watering systems to run less often, and turn them off during regular rains.
CHOOSE PLANTS AND LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR ZONE: sunset.com/plantfinder
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