Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

January, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Best Vegetable Varieties for Gardeners

Are you sometimes overwhelmed by the number of vegetable varieties available? Wouldn't it be great if you could know, before you plant, which varieties will perform best in your area?...

Fish Emulsion Stops Damping Off

If you've ever started seeds, you've undoubtedly experienced having seedlings suddenly keel over at the soil line. This condition, called damping off, is typically caused by two different fungi:...

Sweet Road Salt

‘Tis the season for ice and snow in most parts of the country. As any gardener knows, rock salt used on roadways is effective at deicing the pavement. However, it also harms lawns and roadside...

Antique Roses for the South

Antique roses continue to be the rage across the United States. However, most information on the best varieties to grow is geared towards gardeners in cooler climates, such as...

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In the Garden


New Garden Toys and Techniques

With our annual penchant for making resolutions, my intrigue with some new items in garden catalogs and local nurseries leads me to make my own list of "Must Trys" for the upcoming gardening year. Perhaps some of them also will inspire you to join me...
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Tool or Gardening Product

Worm Compost Rainbow Mealworms raises mealworms and sells their castings as a byproduct. You can buy them in...

Web Finds

Easy-To-Grow Bulbs This Web site sells only bulbs known to naturalize here in southern...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant Garlic, Onions, and Shallots
  • Make Mini-Greenhouses
  • Renew Strawberry Patch
  • Prune Roses
  • Wait to Prune Frosted Foliage

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