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What to do in Northern California.

November

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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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Amaryllis

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.

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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.

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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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Date:Nov 1, 2009
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