Goodness, this is a short list.
I just recently planted parsnips in a container, though, and they have germinated. Also, I would say you could continue sowings of kale, chard, and spinach, as long as they are in a protected area (under cover, in containers, etc).
Other to-do items for later this month: Prune blueberries and huckleberries, severely prune any California fuchsias (Epilobium or as it used to be called, Zauschneria), prune Caryopteris (must confess I've done that already), and divide any blanket flowers (Gaillardia).
A couple other things:
Remember how I started to make Hoshigaki over a month ago? I peeled some Hachiya persimmons, strung them up by a sunny window, let them hang there for over a month, massaging them every other day? Well, today they are finally finished.
This is exactly how they are supposed to look - like they are covered with powdered sugar. Apparently that IS the sugar, coming up to the surface of the fruit; that's what all the websites say. Personally, I don't think that's what's really happening - I think it's a sort of good bacteria - but either way, this is what the finished product is supposed to look like. We sliced one up and ate it. It's good. Not great - still tastes like persimmons, though not at all astringent. I guess I just don't like persimmons very much, in any form. I suppose these would be good in oatmeal, or baked into a fruitcake (if you like that sort of thing).
They are certainly pretty when sliced however.
It's another food preservation project that makes your head spin a little. Here's this juicy fruit, skinned and hanging in your house, being visited by fruit flies and such, and you just let it go and eventually it becomes edible again. And probably not just edible, but fabulously good for you, like kimchi or yogurt. My thoroughly Western mind balks though. It just doesn't seem right somehow, like how Tom felt about the country ham. But these are ancient ways of preserving food, that worked for thousands of years. Kinda twists the old noodle a bit.
One last thing. I've been learning SO MUCH in class that I want to share with you, about soil, about water, about trees.... it's just hard to condense an entire semester's worth of work into a blog post. So I'll just share tidbits when I can. Here's something I thought was worth passing on: We had a soil scientist from UC Berkeley as a guest lecturer the other night. He was talking about compost etc., and he mentioned that one of his classes did a study on those compostable utensils we see all over the place now. I've bought them myself for big events, thinking that if I send them to the municipal compost facility (in my green can), they would break down, and therefore be a better choice than plastic. Well, this class has had them in a hot compost for over two years now, and they still look exactly the same as they did when they put them in there 24 months ago. So much for them being a better option than plastic. Clearly it's still best to use regular silverware and just wash it.
We're having very chilly nights and clear, sunny days. Last night, I wanted to look at the full moon, so I made a fire in the outdoor pit and sat there for a while. We have barn owls nearby; I've heard them before, and a lot again last night. This is wonderful news!
What's on your weekend gardening schedule? For me, there's more moving of leaves and cutting down a large privet, replacing it with the Arbequina olive trees I've had in containers for the past two years. Also, HOMEWORK. It's finals time! Have a great weekend, everyone.