Start seeds indoors of peppers, tomatoes and eggplant 6 to 8 weeks before your last frost. These vegetables are slow-growing and need a good headstart indoors. Please see article on seed sowing.
Plant pansies, or start some from seed. If it’s mild, they’ll bloom all winter. Sow seeds of perennials as soon as you can work the soil. If you get them in the ground early enough, some may bloom the first year! Reliable early-blooming perennials include: Early Sunrise Coreopsis, Pizzicato Oriental Poppy, Summer Pastels Achillea, Summer Carnival Hollyhock, Alpine Blue Aster, Ornamental Fountain Grass, and Blue Spike Veronica. When weather begins to warm, remove mulch from bulbs and perennials. Plant dormant ornamental trees, shrubs, vines and fruit trees as soon as you can work your soil.