Plant strawberry plants; commercial growers plant them in late October and November. Until recently, it was difficult to find them in the nurseries until December or January. However, this year the plants are to be available about now, according to a large Southland wholesale producer of bedding plants. The varieties 'Sequoia' and 'Douglas' do well in our area, producing large fruit. 'Sequoia' has a very sweet flavor; 'Douglas' has a sweet-tart taste and is the most popular variety among commercial growers.
Use fast-growing radishes to mark the rows of slower-growing vegetables; that way, when weeding, you can avoid disturbing the areas around slower-germinating plants. Seedlings for such vegetables as onions and parsnips are tiny and difficult to see when they first break ground. Plant radish seeds a quarter-inch deep and about two inches from the other seeds. The young radish plants will emerge in a few days, no matter what the weather is like.
Cymbidium buds will start appearing after the first cold weather, which they require to set. (That is one reason cymbidiums are more common here than in Hawaii.) Check and bait for snails; they don't care much about cymbidium leaves but love the bud stems and will eat through one in a night. Make sure cymbidiums have the light necessary for blooming; in dark shade they seldom bloom. Until January, use a low-nitrogen fertilizer.