- Draw sketches of garden plans for guidance.
- Plant lettuce, radishes, pansies, kale, sweet peas, chives, parsley, strawberries, and chard in newly mulched beds.
- Hang hummingbird feeders in a safe area (away from cats).
- Search the gardens day and night (use a flashlight) for pests, and then drop them into a bucket of hot, soapy water.
- Track your garden happenings by marking daily events on a calendar for future reference.
- Bait hungry slugs and snails with beer in shallow tins or lids.
- Plant nectar-rich native currants (Ribes) and coral-bells (Heuchera) for hummingbirds.
- Fill containers with fresh soil, plant, and water deeply -- once for the plant, once for the pot.
- Groom your succulents by removing damaged leaves and cutting spent blooms.
- Photograph the progress of your garden for quick reference next year.
- Plant corn, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, pumpkins, and beans.
- Glue a small mirror onto end of a yardstick for pest hunting under leaves.
- Deadhead spent blooms and bundle stems of seed heads for birds.
- Erect bamboo or branch tepees for beans and cucumbers.
- Fertilize your containers and beds.
- Scatter a mulch of small pebbles around the base of succulents.
- Encircle fruit trees with a mounded donut of mulch -- but don't let mulch touch the tree trunk.
- Build tomato supports of sturdy branches or strong cages.
- Prune your fruit trees once during the summer to keep them a manageable size.
- Refresh mounded donut mulch around trees monthly.
- Pick up fallen fruits and compost damaged ones to prevent the spread of disease.
- Harvest fruits and vegetables as they ripen and pick flowers to prolong blooming.
- Set ripening pumpkins atop plastic.
- Deadhead flowers every day to prolong blooming periods; pinch back growing tips to control leggy growth.
- Tie a ribbon on your favorite plants to identify them. After blooming, save seed heads inside labeled paper bags.
- Whoa! Don't overwater your tomato plants, or you'll have watery, split fruits.
- Harvest herbs such as rosemary, savory, thyme, sage, and lavender flowers. Hang in a dark, dry area.
- Sow the seeds of cool-season favorites such as primula, calendula, sweet peas, arugula, spinach, radish, carrots, violas, and peas.
- Sow lettuce seeds weekly for a long-lasting crop.
- Cut branched stems of nasturtiums, which produce colorful edible flowers. Root stems in water and transplant outdoors.
- Plant June-bearing strawberries in rich, loose soil in a sunny area and mulch with pine needles or straw.
- Harvest pumpkins and squash when they are colorful, the rind is hard, and the vine is brown. Store in a cool, dark area to cure.
- Incorporate sets of bulbing onions and shallots into your existing landscape; harvest green tops through the winter and take the bulbs in spring.
- Carve pumpkins -- and save seeds for next year's crop.
- Sow sugar peas about 10 weeks before your first frost. Provide trellising, a tepee, or wire for these exuberant vines.
- Mix tiny carrot seeds with larger radish seeds and broadcast them in fertile garden soil in a large container.
- Stow succulents and cacti under an overhang, in a greenhouse, or on a porch to protect them from heavy rains and frost.
- Naturalize spring-blooming bulbs in clusters throughout your gardens; try Freesia, Narcissus, Muscari, Ixia, Sparaxis, Galanthus, Leucojum, and Babiana.
- Remove, rake, and dispose of diseased leaves and fruits before they have time to spread to other plants -- don't compost them!
- Plant colorful chard, broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower amidst fall-blooming flowers (such as edible violas and calendulas) for double-duty harvests.
- Prune grapevines back to a single, sturdy trunk and clip small twigs off at the base. Tie trunks to a trellis or arbor.
- Plant native annuals such as California poppies, baby-blue-eyes, Clarkia, red maids, tidy-tips, Chinese houses, and owl's clover when winter rains begin.
- Peruse the aisles of Lowe's nursery for a selection of berry-bearing toyon, cotoneaster, pyracantha, and mahonia (all of which please the birds).
- Amend a sunny area of your garden with a layer of compost or mulch; plant artichokes and seed potatoes inside gopher-proof wire cages.