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  • Water everything deeply-- perennial beds, trees, shrubs, and lawn-- if weather has been dry.
  • Draw up garden plans now. Try something new this year! Check the catalogs and scan garden center seed racks. Look for disease-resistant vegetable varieties.
  • Decide whether to buy annuals and vegetables from a garden center or to start your own from seed. Order seeds now, if you are going to start them indoors.
  • Cut back to 3 inch stubs Buddleia davidii (the fall-blooming butterfly bush), Caryopteris candensis (blue-mist spirea), Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian sage), and other late summer-blooming shrubs.
  • Start pansies indoors from seed in early January.
  • Recycle Christmas greens by laying them over perennial beds for winter protection.

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