• Order seeds for spring and summer planting. Most can be started ahead of time—six weeks or so—and then planted out as indicated on the package.
• Even if your roses haven’t dropped all their leaves and may still even have a blossom or two, prune this month to give them the dormancy they need for next season’s show.
• Plant anything and everything that is available bare-root, from fruit trees to roses to asparagus.
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Virginia Hayes, curator of Ganna Walska Lotusland, will answer your gardening questions. Address them to Gardens, The Independent, 122 W. Figueroa St., S.B., CA 93101. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.